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About Ecology Link



Ecology Link Skills Include:

  • Protected species surveys and mitigation
    • Great crested newts
    • Reptiles
    • Crayfish (native and non-native)
    • Water voles
    • Otters
    • Bats
    • Badgers
    • Dormice
    • Birds
    • Invertebrates
  • Botanical Surveys
  • Tree Surveys
  • BREEAM and CSH Ecology credit assessments
  • Habitat creation, restoration and enhancement advice and management plans
  • EcIA production
  • Green Infrastructure
  • River Habitat Survey (RHS) and River Corridor Surveys
  • Hedgerow and veteran tree assessments
“I was completely satisfied with the professional approach of Ecology Link and the quality of their reports.”
Andrew May, Conservation Manager, Essex Wildlife Trust

Ecology Link tree surveysJonathan conducting a tree survey

Short Eared Owl in flight

Short eared owl in flight

Ecology Link Ltd is a small independent company based in the East Midlands, which provides ecological consultancy services throughout the UK. In-house areas of expertise include ecological surveys, biodiversity site assessments, and mitigation design and implementation for a wide range of habitats and protected species. Our combined and varied skills give us a wealth of knowledge and experience, which allows a greater understanding of each of our client’s individual project requirements. Our flexible case by case approach enables us to be cost and time effective.

Jonathan Panter

MPhil, CEnv, MCIEEM, CBiol, FSB, M.Arbor.A

Jonathan Panter Jon has over 20 years professional ecological and environmental experience gained through a research, academic and commercial background. These skills have been developed through a strong applied background of species identification, ecosystem restoration and site assessment in a range of habitats and communities.

Jon has particular expertise in botanical identification and surveys, in both terrestrial and aquatic communities. Having worked throughout the country in a range of plant habitats, surveys have included Phase 1 habitat, National Vegetation Classification and specific community and species monitoring. Jon is experienced in carrying out tree survey assessments under BS 5837 recommendations for a range of rural and urban development sites. Tree assessments have included the value and assessment of veteran trees from both an ecological and landscape perspective. He is a member of the Arboricultural Association and co authored the AIDGAP for the Identification of Deciduous Trees and Shrubs in Winter. Jon has published a number of papers on woodland management and carried out a range of research activities on veteran tree management and new woodland establishment.

Jon has a strong understanding of ecosystem services and economics and the requirements of businesses to fully commit to integrate ecological processes into their business strategies and working practices. This specialist ecological knowledge has been transferred to wider project management within Environmental Impact Assessments, Green Infrastructure design and development planning.

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Helen Parish

BSc (Hons), MCIEEM

Helen Parish - Ecology Link Helen’s key area of expertise is the survey and mitigation for protected species, with over 12 years experience in ecological consultancy. She holds Natural England survey licenses for great crested newts and white-clawed crayfish. Key species of interest include amphibians, reptiles and mammals. The design and implementation of mitigation strategies for their protection has included obtaining development licenses for their capture and translocation. Helen is an experienced field surveyor, undertaking numerous presence/absence, activity and monitoring surveys for a range of UK protected species. These have included reptiles, water voles, otters, bats and badgers. She has particular expertise in badgers; undertaking activity surveys, bait-marking, sett exclusion/closure and artificial sett design carried out under Natural England disturbance and closure licences.

She has frequently undertaken BREEAM and CSH assessments, acting as a SQE under BRE criteria, for the review of credits under the Land-use and Ecology sections. Helen has been involved in the control of invasive species, having worked extensively in the eradication of Japanese Knotweed. Applying her knowledge and expertise of ecological processes, Helen has co-ordinated and compiled Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIA’s) and Environmental Statements, producing Ecology Chapters.

Previous experience includes botanical surveys into natural woodland regeneration, hedgerow management practices and the impact of GM field trials. She also spent a year working abroad in New Zealand with a studentship within the horticultural and dairy farming sectors. Whilst in New Zealand, Helen volunteered for the Dept. of Conservation (DOC), which gave her valuable hands on experience of the management of a variety of habitats and endangered species.

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Heather Matthews

BSc (Hons), MCIEEM

Heather Matthews - Ecology LinkHeather has over ten years experience as an ecological consultant. Her main areas of expertise are protected species surveys and mitigation, in particular for bats. She is experienced in detailed inspection surveys for bats and designing activity surveys to assess site usage by bats. She has held a bat survey licence for over ten years and has successfully implemented numerous development licences for bats.

She has managed surveys and Ecological Impact Assessments for a variety of projects including transport, renewable energy, schools and colleges, water and urban mixed-use, and has experience of managing large survey teams. Heather has also been involved in public inquiries, including expert witness work and liaison with statutory conservation organisations. She has produced Habitats Regulations Assessments for plans and projects.

Heather holds Natural England licences for bats, great crested newts, dormice and Roman snail.

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Ecology Link Ltd
61 Middlewatch, Swavesey
Cambridge, CB24 4RW, UK

Telephone: 01954 231 375
Mobile: 07506 703 540 (Jonathan)
Mobile: 07917 208 040 (Helen)