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


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.



Jade Brennan BSc (Hons) MSc ACIEEM


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 Dormice.

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.


Joel Cronin BSc (Hons) MSc QCIEEM

Assistant Ecologist

Joel joined The Ecology Partnership in December 2018 after a successful season’s ecological work at 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.

Alice Bailey BSc (Hons) QCIEEM

Assistant 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

Assistant 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 Groves BSc (Hons) MRes PIEMA GradCIEEM

Assistant Ecologist

Lucy joined the company in March 2020. Previously she worked for a small environmental management consultancy in south west London, as the senior biologist, before moving into the ecology sector. Throughout the 2017 survey season she gained a Certificate in Ecological Consultancy whilst working for an established ecological consultancy, where she learned valuable skills in species identification, habitat surveys and classification and the implications of wildlife law. Over the next couple of years, she gained experience undertaking preliminary ecological appraisals (PEAs) and surveying for a range of species including bats, great crested newts and reptiles. Lucy is aiming to gain a Natural England survey licence for great crested newts.

Lucy graduated from Newcastle University with a BSc (Hons) in Zoology, before undertaking a MRes in Animal Behaviour, studying the life cycle and sexual behaviour in two species of phytophagous fly. Following this she spent the summer volunteering in Madagascar, studying the native wildlife, where she gained a BTEC in Tropical Habitat Conservation. She has experience with Environmental Management Sysytems (EMS) and is a practitioner member of IEMA.


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.

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’.

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.