The Ecology Partnership is an independent ecological consultancy offering a variety of environmental surveys, appraisals, and mitigation and translocation services to support planning applications and other projects. Our small team of highly experienced ecologists, headed by Alexia Tamblyn, provides a professional yet personal service and we pride ourselves on the quality of our work.

All of our ecologists are members of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) and adhere to its code of professional conduct. Our staff’s experience, knowledge and expertise means that advice, surveys and reporting are of a high quality and can be tailored to the needs of an individual project.

Our ecology consulting services include a range of protected species surveys involving:

Our further ecology services include:

With our head office based in Surrey and our new office located in Bristol, The Ecology Partnership’s services cover the whole of the south of England. We aim to provide our clients with positive, sustainable solutions that meet the appropriate UK legislative guidelines for the protection of wildlife and their habitats. Because our services are tailored to individual projects, we are able to provide our clients with the most cost-effective solutions, advising and working together at every stage.

We are involved in a wide variety of projects ranging from single house schemes with bat roosts, to urban extensions where EcIAs and HRAs are required. Our clients are also therefore equally varied spanning eco builders to master planners, national house builders and infrastructure managers. As such we have a wealth of experience that can provide a valuable resource for our clients. We are also friendly – so do please pick up the phone to ask us questions.

Some of our services, such as bats, reptiles and great crested newt surveys, are however, constrained to particular seasons, therefore, we advise planning for works in advance to ensure that every possible implication is investigated. You can use our ecology survey calendar for more information on dates.

The Ecology Partnership is fully Insured (Professional Indemnity, Employers Liability and Public Liability).

Our Team

Alexia Tamblyn - Principal Ecologist - Ecology Partnership

Alexia Tamblyn MA (Oxon) MSc CEnv MCIEEM FRGS

Principal Ecologist & Managing Director

Alexia has been working in the ecology sector for over 16 years gaining experience in both UK and overseas environments including spending time studying giant bats in Papua New Guinea, to developing conservation management plans in South America, and various countries in-between. Alexia holds an MA in Biological Sciences from Trinity College, University of Oxford and an MSc, specialising in Ecological Management from Imperial College, London.

Alexia holds Natural England licences for bats, dormice and great crested newts, and is a registered consultant (RC) under the Natural England low impact bat licence scheme.

Alexia is a full member of the Charted Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management (MCIEEM), a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS).

Alexia oversees major projects undertaken by The Ecology Partnership, including works on SPA and SAC issues, Habitats Regulations Assessments, EcIAs, and public inquiries and expert witness roles. Alexia has considerable practice in stakeholder consultation, community liaisons and negotiation experience.

Tom Rothero - Senior Ecologist - Ecology Partnership

Tom Rothero BSc (Hons) MSc MCIEEM

Senior Ecologist

Tom has been working in ecological consultancy since 2010, and has been part of Alexia’s team since 2011, now heading up The Ecology Partnership’s Bristol office. Tom has extensive experience in both habitat surveying and all protected species surveys, particularly great crested newts and barn owls. Tom holds a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science, specialising in biodiversity and conservation and an MSc in Environmental Consultancy, both from the University of Plymouth.

Tom holds Natural England licences for great crested newts and barn owls and hopes to shortly gain his licences for bats and dormice. Tom is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management (MCIEEM).

Tom liaises with clients and manages projects of all sizes across the UK. His main focuses are carrying out Preliminary Ecological Assessments; co-ordinating protected species surveys, devising mitigation and enhancement schemes and protected species (EPS) licensing.

Chris Jennings - Senior Ecologist - Ecology Partnership

Chris Jennings BSc (Hons) MSc MCIEEM

Senior Ecologist

Chris is based in the Leatherhead office and has seven years professional experience within the ecology sector, previously working for a large ecological consultancy prior to joining the team in 2012. Chris has extensive experience carrying out survey work for a range of UK protected species including bats, badgers, dormice, barn owls, reptiles, water voles and great crested newts. Chris currently holds Natural England survey licences for great crested newts as well as rare reptile species (sand lizard and smooth snake), whilst also working towards his licence for bats. As part of Chris’ training for rare reptiles, he has been carrying out monitoring survey work for smooth snakes and sand lizards at sites across Surrey.

Chris graduated from the University of Plymouth with a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science in 2006, and later gained an MSc in Freshwater and Coastal Sciences, which was undertaken at QMUL and UCL, University of London. Chris is also a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management (MCIEEM).

Chris has worked on a wide range of both small and large scale projects throughout the country, carrying out preliminary ecological assessments, Code for Sustainable Home & BREEAM assessments, EIAs, advising at design and site meetings, managing and undertaking required protected species work, designing and overseeing mitigation and enhancement schemes and has produced EPS licences for development projects regarding bats, badgers and dormice.

Vicky Hale- Senior Ecologist - Ecology Partnership

Vicky Hale BSc (Hons) CEnv MCIEEM

Senior Ecologist

Vicky has in excess of 10 years post graduate experience, and prior to working at The Ecology Partnership she was a Senior Ecologist for a multidisciplinary consultancy in West Sussex. In addition to this, she has previously worked as a research scientist for the Institute of Arable Crops Research (IACR) at the University of Bristol, a Conservation Assistant for the Avon Wildlife Trust and an Environmental Records Officer for the Bristol Regional Records Centre (BRERC). Vicky now heads up The Ecology Partnership’s Eastbourne Office.

She has a BSc (Hons) degree in Ecology and is a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management (MCIEEM). In addition to this, she holds a Natural England licence for surveying great crested newts.

Vicky has worked on a range of small and large-scale projects across the UK, including the 2012 London Olympics, extensive gas pipeline routes and highways, railway and residential development projects. Her key responsibilities are carrying out preliminary ecological assessments and surveys for protected species, completing ecological assessment reports (including EcIAs, EIAs and BREEAMs), managing ecological projects and advising on protected species issues and habitat creation, enhancement and management. Vicky has also prepared Natural England EPS development licences with regards to bats and great crested newts.

Emma Bagguley - Consultant Ecologist - Ecology Partnership

Emma Bagguley BSc (Hons) MSc ACIEEM

Consultant Ecologist

Emma joined The Ecology Partnership in December 2014 having had two years previous surveying experience, assisting on translocation projects of water voles and reptiles and conducting dusk emergence surveys. Emma currently holds Natural England licences for surveying great crested newts and barn owls. Emma gained a BSc (Hons) in Geography from the University of Birmingham and also graduated with a MSc in Wildlife Management and Conservation from the University of Reading.

Between academic study, Emma travelled and lived in New Zealand where she volunteered with the Department of Conservation, working on a bat roost study. Emma’s key area of interest is birding and she has worked alongside the RSPB on research projects about wader predation and the conflict with harrier predation.  

Natalie Kay - Assistant Ecologist - Ecology Partnership

Natalie Kay BSc (Hons) MSc ACIEEM


Natalie joined The Ecology Partnership in March 2016 after four survey seasons in the ecology sector, working for a range of ecological consultancies and The Forestry Commission. She has conducted a wide range of protected species surveys and translocations involving water voles, reptiles, great crested newts, dormice, badgers and bats. These have been undertaken on a variety of different projects across the UK including residential, industrial, railway and highway development schemes in both the private and public sector. Natalie holds a Natural England licence for surveying great crested newts.

Natalie graduated from the University of Reading with a BSc (Hons) in Zoology in 2012 and went on to gain an MSc in Entomology at Harper Adams University in 2014. Her MSc thesis, in collaboration with Butterfly Conservation, assessed the suitability of regenerated heathland habitat for the Silver-Studded Blue butterfly. Between studying, Natalie has also spent time volunteering on conservation projects in Tanzania, Nicaragua and Brazil where she surveyed a range of species including mammals, reptiles, birds, bats and insects.

Joe Bullard - Assistant Ecologist - Ecology Partnership

Joe Bullard BSc (Hons) MSc GradCIEEM


Joe joined The Ecology Partnership in April 2016, after a number of survey seasons working as a freelance field surveyor for various ecological consultancies in Devon and West Yorkshire. He has gained experience performing a range of protected species and botanical surveys, both independently and alongside professional ecologists.

Joe graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Conservation and Countryside Management at the University of the West of England in 2012, before progressing onto postgraduate study at the University of Leeds, where he obtained an MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation last year. His thesis project studied the multi-scale habitat associations of three UK bat species along linear landscape features. In his time between studies, Joe also had the opportunity to work as a research assistant at the Mammal Research Institute in Bialowieza Forest, Poland, where he assisted with a long term monitoring project for European bison.

Sue Fox - Administrator - Ecology Partnership

Sue Fox


Sue has many years’ experience in a variety of capacities and a number of different organisations, spending 20 years working for Atkins, the large international multi-disciplinary consultancy, initially in the Water and Environment division as a report typist producing bids, offers, proposals and reports.  Latterly she worked in the IS department serving a global community, as Senior Administrator, assisting with administration, including intranet content support and maintenance and project management.  More recently, Sue has undertaken a number of temporary assignments, helping local companies with secretarial, clerical, reception and administrative duties, including processing funding requests and maintaining complex databases.

Sue is a Samaritans Listening Volunteer as well as being a member of the national Visitors’ Panel and both regional quality and training teams.  As such, and as an experienced and passionate Samaritan, she believes this helps her communicate at all levels and work co-operatively with others.  It also makes her friendly and approachable; able to remain calm under pressure and think and respond quickly to unexpected situations. As well as being humble enough to continually question her knowledge and skills and having a desire to help improve systems through a process of common sense and experience, she is keen to assist this fast-growing and successful partnership with its administration, invoicing and credit control and anything else that occurs. Sue is a grandmother to two and is sure this keeps her fit and ‘up to the minute’.