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, 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 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, barn owls 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.

Chris Jennings BSc (Hons) MSc MCIEEM

Principal Ecologist

Chris is based in the Leatherhead office and has a wide range of experience in 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.

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 varied range of projects throughout the country. Chris manages projects and advises at design and site meetings, carries out preliminary ecological assessments, Code for Sustainable Home & BREEAM assessments, EIAs, undertakes required protected species work, designs and oversees mitigation and enhancement schemes and has produced EPS licences for development projects regarding bats, badgers and dormice.

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 previously 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.

Natalie Kay BSc (Hons) MSc ACIEEM

Senior Ecologist

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 and habitat surveys on a variety of different projects across the UK including residential, industrial, railway and highway development schemes in both the private and public sector. Her role also includes ecological report writing (PEAs, EcIAs and BREEAMS), project management, writing protected species licence applications and creating management and enhancement schemes. Natalie holds a Natural England licence for surveying great crested newts, dormice, barn owls and rare reptiles.

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 BSc (Hons) MSc GradCIEEM

Senior Ecologist

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 is now based in The Ecology Partnerships Bristol Office.

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.


Jade Brennan BSc (Hons) MSc GradCIEEM


Jade joined The Ecology Partnership in October 2017 after completing a survey season at another ecological consultancy. She has led and assisted with a range of protected species and botanical surveys for projects ranging from small residential developments to large scale railway schemes. She is also involved in project management and ecological report writing. Jade currently holds a Level 1 Natural England licence for Great Crested Newts and is working toward a Natural England licence for surveying Dormouse.

Jade graduated from Aberystwyth University with a BSc (Hons) in Ecology in 2016 and went on to gain an MSc in Species Identification and Survey Skills from the University of Reading in 2017. Her undergraduate dissertation focussed on identifying the effects of canopy composition and woodland age on field layer composition and understory light intensity within deciduous woodlands in the British Isles. In her free time, Jade completes voluntary surveys with the Berkshire & South Buckinghamshire Bat Group, Surrey Bat Group and Surrey Dormouse group.

George Caterer MSci (Hons) QCIEEM

Assistant Ecologist

George joined The Ecology Partnership in May 2018 having previously worked as an Editor for a Zoological scientific journal. He has gained experience surveying habitats and protected species across a range of projects within the south-east of the UK. Since joining the team, he has participated in reptile translocations, badger sett monitoring and survey work for species including dormice, bats and great crested newts.

George graduated from University College London in 2016 with an MSci in Biological Sciences specialising in Zoology. His master’s dissertation focused on mapping Madagascan species distributions in response to historical climate conditions. He has previously spent time volunteering for the Zoological society of London and the Grant Museum of Zoology. Prior to starting university George spent the summer volunteering as a research assistant on a conservation project in Guyana, South America carrying out surveys on local bat, reptile and amphibian populations.

Joel Cronin BSc (Hons) MSc

Assistant Ecologist

Joel joined The Ecology Partnership in December 2018 after a successful season’s ecological work and a large independent consultancy. He has experience of conducting a range of protected species surveys throughout the British Isles including bat, nesting bird and water vole surveys as well as stone curlew disturbance monitoring. Joel is currently working towards his bat and great crested newt survey licences.

Joel Graduated from Nottingham University with a BSc (Hons) in Animal Science before going on to gain an MSc in Global Biodiversity Conservation from the University of Sussex. Joel has experience of scientific research and fieldwork in the UK, Africa and South America. For his MSc thesis, Joel planned and undertook a 5-week research expedition to a remote region of the Ecuadorian rainforest to investigate the effectiveness of a new biodiversity conservation initiative for birds, primates, terrestrial mammals and herpetofauna.

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’.