Our Team

Our ecologists are members of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM), the professional body that represents and supports ecologists and environmental managers in the UK, Ireland and abroad.

Together they bring a wealth of expertise across terrestrial and aquatic habitat types. Our licensed and experienced ecologists routinely liaise with government agencies on ecological and planning issues, including mitigation measures, the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and monitoring of protected species.

Richard Dodd – Managing Director

B.Sc. (Hons.), CEcol, MCIEEM

Richard started his ecological career in 2000 after graduating from Cardiff University. Since then he has worked across the public, private and voluntary sectors. He was one of the first 75 ecologists in the United Kingdom to be recognised as a Chartered Ecologist and hold protected species licences, including the low impact class licence for bats. He is also a lecturer at the Royal Agricultural University (Cirencester) and chairs a business group for Ecological Executives.

Richard heads up the Cotswold practice, based in Cirencester and oversees the practice as a whole. He has a wide range of ecological survey experience, and holds protected species licences for bats, dormouse and great crested newt.

Julie Player – Senior Ecologist

B.Sc (Hons)

Julie gained her BSc (Hons) in International Wildlife Biology at the University of Glamorgan after deciding on a career change.

Julie has 7 years experience as an Ecological Consultant, is a full CIEEM member and has both Natural England and Wales bat, dormouse and GCN licences.

In her spare time Julie is a volunteer assessor for CIEEM and also volunteers for the Hedgehog Helpline.

Peter Hacker – Ecologist

M.Sc. (Hons.)

Peter studied Ecological Consultancy at Newcastle University, graduating with a 2:1 Honours degree in 2016.

He has field experience gained through both academic and professional training. Competent in surveying a range of protected species including reptiles, bats, Great Crested Newt, and Dormice.

Lucy Larkman - Marketing Manager

BA Hons 

Lucy is the newest member of the team and joins us with a wealth of experience within the field of marketing.

Lucy Larkman - Marketing Manager

BA Hons 

Lucy is the newest member of the team and joins us with a wealth of experience within the field of marketing.

Amy Williams Schwartz - Ecologist

Experience: 3 years

Superpower: Species Identification

Projects: A bit of everything but  in particular amphibian and reptile surveys.

Licences: Natural Resources Wales licence for great crested newt.

Passion: Aligning the interests of people and nature.

Why Wildwood? Having previously worked for Wildwood Ecology as a sub-contractor, I jumped at the opportunity to work with them on a permanent basis.  I find their ethos and values around people and nature admirable, as well being an all-round pleasant group of people to work with.

Dr Alexandra Wilson – Principal Ecologist

Ph.D., B.Sc. (Hons.), MCIEEM, MRSB

Alex studied Zoology at Liverpool University, graduating in 2004 with a first class honours degree. Following this, she went on to complete a PhD on visual constraints on bird behaviour at Cardiff University, which included research into the impact of artificial lighting on wildlife, and studied Environmental Law and Policy at Cardiff School of Lifelong Learning. Alex also gives lectures on European protected species to university students and advises on undergraduate and postgraduate research projects.

As well as undertaking Preliminary Ecological Appraisalsreptile surveys and translocations, Alex is highly experienced in undertaking ornithological surveys and is a licensed bat ecologist in Wales and England.

Ivi Szaboova - Senior Ecologist

Experience: 14 years

Superpower: Protected Species Mitigation

Projects: Barn conversions and Grade II listed building refurbishments to complex large-scale phased residential developments and infrastructure work.

Licences: Natural England (NE) and Natural Resources Wales licences for bats, great crested newt, and dormouse, and a NE water vole displacement licence.

Passion: Collaborative working and devising pragmatic solutions.

Why Wildwood? I joined Wildwood Ecology as our core values are closely aligned. I’m passionate about both nature and sustainability and believe every development should be sustainable.

Maggie Parker – Office Manager

Maggie has a strong background in administration and HR and is responsible for the financial and administrative side of the Company, as well as managing the office, website and host of other vitally important tasks such as making the tea!

Ian Weller – Assistant Ecologist

Ian is in the early stages of a new career in ecology having gone through a change in direction from project management within the education sector.

Ian has recently graduated with a first class honours degree in Wildlife and Countryside Management from the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester and is an active member of Gloucestershire Bat Group and a former volunteer with the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.

Becky Gibbs - Assistant Ecologist

Experience: 3 years

Superpower: An ever-expanding collection of field guides.

Projects: Experience in surveying for a range of protected species including reptiles, bats and Great Crested Newt.

Passion: Conserving European protected species and the habitats that support them.

Why Wildwood? I am fortunate to be a part of such a wonderful team of like-minded individuals, whose principles align so closely with my own.

I graduated from Exeter University with a Masters in Conservation and Biodiversity in 2019. During my studies I was a keen member of Cornwall bat group, where I took part in the national Nathusius’ pipistrelle harp trapping project, further accelerating my love for bats!

Did you know

Mosses, ferns and lichen are more ancient and primitive than flowers and trees and can all be found on historic buildings.

Mosses are low growing plants with no true roots, usually green and often soft to the touch.

Ferns have their stems underground and all we usually see above ground are their fronds.

Lichens are formed from both a fungus and an algae living in a partnership which enables them to survive in some of the most inhospitable of places.

Mosses and ferns are commonest in wet shady spaces, such as under trees in woodlands, whereas lichens are found in a very wide range of habitats including open bare rock, the walls of buildings, tree trunks, rock pools, bare soil and sandy heaths!

Wildwood Ecology works in association with botanical specialists where rare mosses, ferns or lichens are present and may be affected by proposed works.

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