Staff

Ian Craft, Principal Ecologist

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I have over twelve year’s experience of working in an ecological field and am a full member of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. Having qualified from Newcastle University in 2001 and completed a Masters degree in Environmental Resource Assessment I have undertaken roles with the Rural Development Service and Natural England which has provided me with extensive knowledge of the UK legislative process in regard to the environment and of the various regulatory and enforcement agencies.

I have experience of undertaking Ecological Impact Assessments as well as project managing a range of large scale developments including windfarms, housing estates, quarries and landfill sites. I also carry out a range of surveys including extended phase 1 habitat surveys, national vegetation classification surveys, reptiles, birds, great crested newts and bats. I currently hold a bat survey licence, barn owl licence and great crested newt survey licence.

Karen Devenney, Senior Ecologist

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I have over twelve years experience of working in an ecological field, and am a full member of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. I have a degree in Zoology and Masters in Wildlife Conservation and Management. I have extensive experience in surveying for riparian mammals, particularly water vole and otter, through my MSc dissertation and through my role at Durham Wildlife Trust (DWT) where I carried out otter and several water vole projects.

I undertake a range of survey work including extended Phase 1 habitat surveys, Local Wildlife Site surveys and condition assessments as well as bat, reptile and amphibian surveys. I have successfully applied for Natural England EPSM licences for bats. I currently hold bat and great crested newt licences.

Verena Fischer-Harman, Ecologist

I have over two and a half years of experience of working as an ecological surveyor. I have an Honours degree in Plant Science from the University of Edinburgh, a Masters in Environmental Consultancy from Newcastle University, and I am a graduate member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. I have experience of carrying out extended phase 1 habitat surveys, surveying for great crested newts, badger, reptiles and bats.

Sacha Elliott Assistant Ecologist

I’m an ornithologist with over 8 years of field experience including 2 years within the consultancy sector. I qualified from Newcastle University with a BSc (hons) in Environmental Science in 2015. I’ve designed and undertaken ornithological surveys and assessments to inform a wide range of projects. In addition, I’m an active member of the Northumbria Ringing Group and regularly carry out conservation bird ringing.

I’m experienced in carrying out a wide variety of ecological surveys and I’m currently in my second season as a bat worker, having conducted over 250hrs of bat work on a variety of properties and developments. I’m currently working towards a class 1 bat licence and assist Durham Bat Group with bat care at a local roost.