|Paul Hudson – Principal Ecologist
Paul graduated with a degree in Environmental Biology from Reading University. He is a competent ecological surveyor with over 20 years experience in ecology survey and mitigation design.
His main area of expertise is in undertaking bat surveys, national vegetation classification, habitat surveys and preliminary ecological appraisals, and as a wind turbine and windfarm specialist. He holds licences to disturb bats, great crested newt and dormice.
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|Cari Ormerod – Practice Manager & Senior Ecologist
Cari graduated with a degree in Biology from Cardiff University. She is responsible for the day-to-day management of Acer Ecology. This includes HR, business development, credit control, training and safety. As a working ecologist, she also undertakes ecological surveys when time permits. Cari also has fifteen years of teaching experience at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 and leads on our environmental education work and ecological training provision. Connect with Cari on Linkedin.
|Rory Jones – Senior Ecologist – Head of Exeter Office
Rory is an Environmental Geoscience graduate of Cardiff University, with over 5 years worth of professional experience. He is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (MCIEEM), and possesses English and Welsh survey licences for bats and great crested newts, along with a barn owl nest inspection licence from Natural England, and a CSCS card as a ‘Professionally Qualified Person’.
Rory specialises in ornithological and botanical surveys, but has a broad range of ecological survey experience, including undertaking extended phase 1 habitat surveys and protected species surveys, hedgerow surveys, ECoW and carrying out CSH and BREEAM assessments. Connect with Rory on Linkedin.
|Daniel Seaward – Senior Ecologist (Botanical & Protected Species Specialist)
Daniel graduated with a degree in Zoology from Cardiff University. He is experienced in undertaking protected species surveys, botanical surveys including Preliminary Ecological Appraisals and National Vegetation Classification (NVC) assessments. He has very good botanical and bird identifications skills. He also holds a licences to disturb bats, great crested newts and dormice.
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|Lea Likozar – Senior Ecologist (Protected Species Specialist)
Lea graduated in Biology from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Her MSc thesis was based on an ecological study of a whiskered bat maternity colony. She has several years of bat work experience in England, Slovenia, Denmark, Norway and Wales. She regularly attends national and international bat meetings and workshops. Lea has worked on numerous bat research projects and undertaken consultancy related bat work since 2008. Lea holds Danish, Slovenian, English and Welsh bat licences. Connect with Lea on Linkedin.
|Hal Starkie – Ecologist
Hal graduated with 1st class honours in Wildlife Biology from Manchester Metropolitan University. He is currently undertaking his third year of working in an ecological consultancy. Hal has strong botanical skills and has experience of conducting extensive bat survey work and holds English and Welsh bat licence. He has undertaken, numerous reptile surveys and translocations, as well as undertaking nesting bird surveys, great crested newt surveys and dormouse surveys. In his spare time, Hal undertakes voluntary water vole surveys for Gwent Wildlife Trust, is a bat carer and is an active member of the local bat and mammal groups. Connect with Hal on Linkedin.
|Alastair Krzyzosiak – Ecologist (Protected Species Specialist) – Northumberland Office
Alastair has an MSc in Ecological Consultancy from Newcastle University. He previously volunteered with a red squirrel conservation group and carried out bat and great crested newt surveys in Northumberland. He holds bat and great crested newt licences in England and Wales and has three years professional experience in undertaking a range of protected species and botanical surveys including, reptile and great crested newt translocations, badger surveys and Phase 1 habitat surveys. Alastair has worked on several nationally important rail, road and energy infrastructure projects. He holds CSCS and Personal Track Safety (PTS) cards. Connect with Alastair on Linkedin.
|Jack Hudson – Ecologist
Jack is our reptile specialist and is experienced in reptile survey and translocation.
|Hooch ‘bat sniffer’
Hooch is our professional sniffer dog. He has the important task of searching for bird and bat carcasses near wind turbine sites as part of post-construction monitoring. Unfortunately, some birds and bats collide into the turbines, but with the help of Hooch we are trying to do our bit to understand the impact turbines may have upon these populations.
Hooch has poor IT skills and consequently is not on linkedin. In his spare time he can often be seen enjoying the surf on various South Wales beaches.
For more information about our ecological services call us on 029 2065 0331.