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Paul Hudson – Principal Ecologist

Head of Cardiff Office

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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Rory Jones – Senior Ecologist

Head of Bristol Office

Rory leads our Bristol Office and has over eight years professional experience in the environment sector and heads up our Bristol office. He is an Environmental Geoscience graduate of Cardiff University and is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (MCIEEM). Rory possesses English and Welsh survey licences for bats, dormice and great crested newts, including a licence covering the Dewsbury ‘Box Trap’ technique. He also holds a barn owl nest inspection licence from Natural England, together with a CSCS card as a ‘Professionally Qualified Person’. Rory is also qualified to work at height and within confined spaces (medium risk).

Rory specialises in ornithological and botanical surveys, but has a broad range of ecological experience, including undertaking preliminary ecological appraisals and protected species surveys, mitigation design, EPS licensing, hedgerow surveys, ECoW, habitat regulations assessments, and undertaking CSH and BREEAM assessments. 

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Erika Dahlberg – Senior Bat 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.

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Ffion Jones – Assistant Ecologist

Ffion acts as an assistant ecologist to the team providing report writing and reviewing skills, and has two seasons worth of experience undertaking surveys for bat species and other experience with a variety of protected species such as badgers, reptiles and Otters. She was trained in badger monitoring and surveying with the Zoological Society of London in West Cornwall and undertook her degree with Exeter University studying Conservation Biology and Ecology. 

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Ruth Martin – Ecology Support Officer

Ruth has recently completed a Masters degree with a distinction in in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law. She is responsible for co-ordination of office-based functions, finance and is vital to the smooth running of Acer Ecology!

Holly Gillon – Assistant Ecologist

Holly works as an assistant ecologist in the Bristol Office and has one season of surveying experience, and is working towards her Level 1 bat licence. She has experience in a range of protected species such as dormice, otters, and reptiles. Holly has an MSci degree in Biology from the University of Bristol and has a variety of desk-based skills in QGIS, planning conditions, and ecological reports. 

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Alice Wynne-Griffiths – Assistant Ecologist

Alice graduated with a degree in Zoology from the University of Bristol. She works in the Bristol office as an assistant ecologist and has gained experience on a range of different projects involving a variety of protected species, including bats, great crested newts, reptiles, dormice and otter. Alice is competent in the use of bat sound analysis software and has one seasons worth experience undertaking bat activity surveys. 

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Emma Jones – Assistant Ecologist

Emma recently graduated from the University of Plymouth with a BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology. She is acting as an assistant ecologist with experience in ecological surveying and report writing; whilst building skills in QGIS mapping and terrestrial ecology. 

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Megan Fowler – Assistant Ecologist

Megan recently graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a MSc in Conservation Biology. Megan acts as an assistant ecologist, with experience in ecological surveying and report writing, whilst building skills in QGIS mapping. She also has two seasons worth of bat surveying. 

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Lotus Summer- Ecology Support Officer 

Lotus recently completed her NVQ in business and admin level 2. Lotus acts as an Ecology Support Officer to the team. She manages all the tenders and background parts of reports including QGIS mapping, and other general enquiries. 

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.