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 newts, dormice and barn owl.
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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.
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Rory Jones – Senior Ecologist
Rory is an Environmental Geoscience graduate of Cardiff University, with over 5 years 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.
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Erika Dalhberg – Senior Ecologist (Protected Species Specialist)
Erika is employed as a bat ecologist with Acer Ecology Ltd. She graduated from Portsmouth University with a BSc (Hons) in Animal Management and from Napier University Edinburgh with a PGDip in Wildlife Biology and Conservation. She has been conducting professional bat surveys since 2009. She holds Welsh and English bat licences. Erika also helps with recruitment and training.
Alastair Krzyzosiak – Ecologist (Protected Species Specialist)
Alastair has an MSc in Ecological Consultancy from Newcastle University. He previously volunteered with a red squirrel conservation group and carried out
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Rebecca Cresswell-Davies – Ecologist
Rebecca graduated with 2:1 in BSc in Zoology from Cardiff University in 2017. Since she started working with us in 2017, she has undertaken extensive training with Acer Ecology in bat, bird, newt, dormice and reptile ecology and the related survey techniques as a part of Acer Ecology’s graduate scheme. Rebecca also helps to maintain our website and IT systems. She is on the committee for the Wildlife Trust Local Cardiff group and has volunteered for the RSPB, BTO and the Little Fireface Project and her local bat group. Rebecca holds an English bat survey licence.
Ashley Dale – Graduate Ecologist/Marketing Officer
Ashley graduated with a Masters in Global Wildlife Health and Conservation from the University of Bristol. She is currently undertaking training with Acer Ecology to enhance her ecology skills. She is a registered bat carer and is one of three co-founders of Bristol Bat Rescue. Ashley has been with Acer Ecology since May 2018.
Mike Caiden – Graduate Ecologist/IT Specialist
Mike Caiden holds an MSc in Conservation Ecology. He completed the course at Oxford Brookes University in 2017 and graduated with distinction. He assisted with bat surveys throughout his seven years working as a reserve warden at a nature reserve in London and is also experienced at undertaking reptile and bird surveys. Mike is currently training with Acer Ecology to enhance his surveying and ecology skills. Mike has been with Acer Ecology since May 2018. He is also in charge of IT support.
Ruth Martin – Ecology Support Officer
Ruth is studying for a Masters degree in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law. She is responsible for co-ordination of office-based functions, finance and customer relations and is vital to the smooth running of Acer Ecology!
Peggy ‘bat sniffer’
Peggy is our professional sniffer dog. She 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 with the turbines, but with the help of Peggy, we are trying to do our bit to understand the impact turbines may have upon these populations.
Peggy has poor IT skills and consequently is not on LinkedIn, although she features regularly on our Social Media with the help of our Marketing Officer Ashley. In her spare time, Peggy can often be seen enjoying the surf on various South Wales beaches.