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

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

Director

Chris has a wide range of experience in the ecology sector, previously working for a large ecological consultancy as well as a local authority planning department 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 and EcIAs. He also undertakes required protected species work and designs and oversees mitigation and enhancement schemes. Chris has a track record of producing successful Natural England mitigation licence applications for a variety of development projects for bats, dormice and badgers.

Vicky Hale BSc (Hons) CEnv MCIEEM

Principal 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.

Matt Pendry BSc (Hons) GradCIEEM

Senior Ecologist

Matt joined The Ecology Partnership as a senior ecologist in September 2019 having worked in the ecology sector since 2012 for a number of large ecological consultancies. Matt has conducted a wide range of protected species and habitat surveys on a variety of different projects across the UK. Project work has included residential, industrial, large-scale infrastructure and highway development schemes in both the private and public sector. His role primarily involves managing both large and small projects, producing preliminary ecological appraisals, ecological impact assessments and BREEAM assessments as well as designing ecological mitigation, management and enhancement plans and imputing into design meetings. Matt holds a Natural England licence for surveying great crested newts, and, a level 4 FISC for plant identification.

Matt graduated from the University of Exeter with a BSc (Hons) in Conservation Biology and Ecology in 2011. Since then he volunteered and eventually worked for London Borough of Sutton, within their biodiversity department. After two seasons as a field surveyor Matt gained a permanent position at a large consultancy in 2014. Here he flourished, gaining a wealth of experience, before being made a senior ecologist in 2018. Matt’s passion is botany and he is competent in carrying out NVC and other habitat assessment work. Most notably he has been involved in surveys and assessments of local wildlife sites and sites of nature conservation status, in order to review their status.

Eddie Selwyn BSc (Hons) QCIEEM

Senior Ecologist

Eddie joined The Ecology Partnership as a senior ecologist in June 2021 having worked in the ecology sector since 2012. Eddie has conducted a wide range of protected species and habitat surveys on a variety of different projects across the UK. Projects have included a range of large to small scale residential, industrial and commercial developments. His role involves producing preliminary ecological appraisals, ecological impact assessments, biodiversity metrics and BREEAM assessments as well as designing ecological mitigation, management and enhancement plans. Eddie has also prepared Natural England development licences for bats, badgers and great crested newts and holds Natural England licences for surveying great crested newts and bats.

Eddie graduated from the University of Plymouth with a BSc (Hons) in Geography and an MSc in Environmental Consultancy in 2012. He then went to work for several consultancies as a field surveyor gaining a permanent position at a consultancy in 2013 where he gained a range of knowledge and understanding working on multiple different projects. Eddie enjoys all aspects of ecology and challenging sites which have a variety of different constraints and enhancement opportunities. Eddie also enjoys occasional tree climbing to search for bat roosts.

Aimee Littlechild BSc (Hons)

Ecologist

Aimee joined The Ecology Partnership in March 2021 after two years in a small consultancy which specialised in advanced bat surveys. She has experience conducting a range of protected species surveys including great crested newts, dormice, reptiles and bats. Aimee has led and assisted on a range of projects from small scale residential extensions to large infrastructure projects such as the Heathrow expansion project. She is actively working towards her Natural England licences for great crested newts, bats and dormice.

Aimee is a member of the Hampshire Bat Group and Surrey Dormouse Group.Aimee graduated from the University of Plymouth in 2012 with a BSc (Hons) in Conservation Biology and went on to train for a year as a scuba diving instructor in Egypt. She gained experience of fieldwork-based research from her time spent with marine NGOs in the Maldives and the Philippines before turning her sights back to work in the UK.

Alice Bailey BSc (Hons) QCIEEM

Ecologist

Alice joined The Ecology Partnership in March 2019 with a background in water quality consultancy, after completing a years’ Biodiversity (Ecology) Traineeship with Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust. Through this scheme Alice gained widespread experience including breeding bird surveys, plant identification, water vole survey with the Water Vole Recovery Project, butterfly surveys, reptiles surveys, dormouse surveys and handling as well as bat activity surveys. Since joining The Ecology Partnership Alice has undertaken a wide range of protected species and botanical surveys on both large scale and small scale projects. Alice currently holds a Level 1 Natural England licence for Great Crested Newts and is working toward a Natural England licence for Hazel Dormice.

Alice graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London with a BSc (Hons) in Geography. Her undergraduate dissertation focused on ecological assessment of two lowland heathland sites in Hampshire and the impact of their grazing regimes on floral diversity and overall condition classification. In her free time whilst at university, Alice enjoyed conducting butterfly transect surveys in Runnymede with the local volunteer for the UKBMS, and has continued to do so each year since.

Kieran McGranaghan BSc (Hons) PGDip QCIEEM

Ecologist

Kieran joined The Ecology Partnership in July 2019 after a year of gaining experience working for a couple of ecology consultancies whilst completing his education. During this time Kieran conducted protected species surveys throughout the UK including surveys for bats, nesting birds, reptiles, water voles and dormice. Since joining The Ecology Partnership Kieran has built on this base of knowledge and now undertakes preliminary ecological appraisals (PEAs) as well as survey work and report writing for a wide range of protected species. Kieran is currently aiming to gain a Natural England survey licence for Great Crested Newts and Dormice.

Kieran graduated from University of Greenwich in 2018 with a BSc (Hons) in Geography, before undertaking a PGDIP (CIEEM Accredited) in Environmental Conservation in 2019, also at the University of Greenwich. For his thesis Kieran undertook a review of natural capital valuation schemes used around the globe using the results to create an improved method for valuing the existing woodland within Kent.

Lucy Jacobs BSc (Hons)

Assistant Ecologist

Lucy joined The Ecology Partnership as an assistant ecologist in November 2020, having previously worked for the company as a field surveyor for the 2020 season. During her time as a field surveyor Lucy gained experience conducting a variety of protected species surveys including those for bats, reptiles and dormice. Previously Lucy had worked on a large scale great crested newt translocation for another ecological consultancy during 2019. As a permanent member of the team Lucy undertakes preliminary ecological appraisals as well as a wide range of protected species surveys, operating out of our Eastbourne office. Lucy is in the process of gaining CIEEM membership.

Lucy graduated from the University of Exeter with a BSc (Hons) in Zoology in 2019 and gained field work experience in the UK, Switzerland and India. During her time at university she spent a summer volunteering in Cyprus, helping conserve endangered green and loggerhead turtles and was a member of EcoSoc who ran frequent bird ringing sessions, bat walks, small mammal trapping and identification courses.

Cameron Allaway BSc (Hons)

Assistant Ecologist

Cameron joined The Ecology Partnership as an assistant ecologist in January 2021 after previously working as a field surveyor for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust over the summer of 2020. During this time Cameron contributed towards various projects focusing on woodland management and habitat connectivity giving him experience in surveying bats, butterflies, bumblebees and invasive plant species. Since joining the company Cameron has been building on his base ecological knowledge and gaining experience in a wider range of protected species surveys, preliminary ecological appraisals and report writing.

Cameron graduated from the University of Southampton with a BSc (Hons) in Biology in 2020 and gained fieldwork experience in the UK and Spain. As part of his dissertation Cameron conducted and evaluated the first Priority Habitat Condition Assessment on Lowland Heath in collaboration with the National Trust in the New Forest, Hampshire. The results of which have assisted the National Trust in their future heathland management.

Charlotte Chandler BSc (Hons) MSc QCIEEM

Assistant Ecologist

Charlotte joined The Ecology Partnership as an Assistant Ecologist in June 2021, having previously worked for another consultancy as the Fieldwork Coordinator. Charlotte has a wide range of experience in protected species surveys and translocations including bats, reptiles, Great Crested Newts and site supervision work for both large and small scale projects. With The Ecology Partnership, Charlotte will be gaining skills and experience in undertaking preliminary ecological appraisals (PEAs) and report writing as well as building on her base ecological knowledge. Charlotte recently gained her Level 1 Natural England survey licence for Great Crested Newts and hopes to start working towards her Hazel dormouse licence soon.

Charlotte graduated from the University of Bristol with a MSc in Global Wildlife Health and Conservation in 2019 after completing her BSc in Ecology and Conservation at Lancaster University in 2018. Her masters research was completed in Western Australia where she analysed and created three-dimensional home ranges for the critically endangered Western Ringtail Possum. Charlotte has also gained field experience in a wide range of different countries including the Czech Republic, Scotland, Kenya and Spain.

Digby Hayden BSc (Hons)

Assistant Ecologist

Digby joined The Ecology Partnership in June 2021 after a year as an Arboricultural consultant. Having contributed to a wide range of projects, from large scale hospitals to small residential developments, this provided him with an excellent foundation of survey skills, tree identification and report writing. Since joining the company, Digby has been building on this base ecological knowledge and is now gaining experience in a wider range of protected species surveys and preliminary ecological appraisals. He is currently aiming to gain a Natural England survey licence for Great Crested Newts, and is in the process of acquiring CIEEM membership.

Digby graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a BSc (Hons) in Biology in 2019 and has international fieldwork experience in Mexico and Spain, surveying multiple habitats and protected species, such as mangrove forests, coral reefs, nightjars and bats. His undergraduate dissertation focussed on the negative effects urban developments are having on breeding populations of endangered fruit bats in southern Sri Lanka, as part of an international research project based in Seville.

Sue Fox

Administrator

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’.

Polly Levitton

Project Administrator

Polly has over 20 years administrative and sales experience across various sectors. After graduating from The London College of Fashion with a BA Hons in Product Development for the Fashion Industries, Polly went on to work within both wholesale sales, sales & design and manufacturing. During her early career Polly worked in the fashion industry for both cashmere and sunglasses manufacturers, working on collaborations with major retail fashion brands as well as top end department stores and boutiques. She also spent several years working within the head office for The Arcadia Group within their concessions department.

Following a few years off to raise her twins, Polly re-joined the workforce on a more part-time basis working as a Receptionist for a Chiropractor and then an office Administrator for an electrical contractor. More recently she has thrived on working temporary contracts for The Berkley Group and Wates Construction, finally arriving at The Ecology Partnership. Polly is working to streamline workflow systems and assisting in day to day administrative tasks to ensure the continued success of the company.