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Colin Hicks MCIEEM

Colin Hicks MCIEEM

Principal Ecologist

Our Principal Ecologist, Colin Hicks MCIEEM, has been a professional ecologist for more than 16 years working on a wide range of projects as Senior Ecologist, Consultant Ecologist, Chief Scientist, Program Marine Biologist and GIS manager here in the UK and overseas.

He has provided ecological surveys and advice to the renewable energy industry, housing developers, rail industry, national and local government, non-governmental organisations, landowners, householders and private individuals.

Colin is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) and is bound by their Professional Code of Conduct. He has experienced many challenges CIEEMrelating to ecology and development and takes personal pride in finding workable solutions.

He lives close to Cornwall/Devon border where he likes to cycle, surf and fish whenever work allows a bit of free time.

Michael Sanders

Michael Sanders

Bat Ecologist

Michael has 9 years of experience carrying out environmental investigation work in the water industry and the Environment Agency, together with terrestrial ecology projects as a consultant ecologist, and most recently, working for Western Ecology. He has been developing expertise in bat surveys for the last 4 years and holds a WLM-A34 – Level 1 Class Licence to survey bats.

His background as an environmental scientist, and 12 years working in educational enhancement at Plymouth University and the Higher Education Academy, has led to work with universities around the UK, on the management and delivery of online educational resources focusing on subjects such as climate change and fieldwork.

Yolande Knight

Yolande Knight

Ecologist

Yolande Knight has worked in the areas of biology, geography and environmental science for 26 years.

She has a PhD in Plant Biology, and has worked as a post-doctoral researcher and lecturer in this discipline area.  She has also worked in educational enhancement at Plymouth University and the Higher Education Academy for 15 years, taking the lead in development of learning resources for higher education, such as fieldwork provision and education for sustainability.

She has worked with Western Ecology as a freelance surveyor for the last two years, developing a particular interest in native plant life and associated habitats. Yolande is a Member of the Royal Society of Biology.

She enjoys walking and swimming on the Cornish and Devon coast, and trying to grow edible vegetables on a very small plot.

Kari Bettoney

Kari Bettoney

Senior ecologist

Kari has 15 years’ experience working in the conservation/ecology sectors and specialises in bats. She holds the WML – A34 Level 2 Bat Class Licence. Kari has carried out ecological assessments and mitigation for protected species on a variety of projects including those for road schemes, housing developments, private landowners and non-governmental organisations. She is a keen botanist with 20 years’ gardening experience, and is a Level 3 Arboricultural Technician.

She was previously an NPTC Assessor teaching practical Environmental Conservation. She has eight years’ hands-on habitat/invasive species management experience, and holds chainsaw, pesticides and brushcutter industry certificates.

In her spare time she is a Volunteer Bat Roost Visitor and runs a small bat and dormouse rescue in Mid Devon. She has undertaken research in the Amazon rainforest and conservation work at protected sites across the UK and Europe.

We are always available for a chat so call now on 0800 622 6828 or 07730 880988 or email colinhicks@westernecology.co.uk to request a free proposal

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