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Echoes Ecology Ltd. Specialising in Bats and Birds

Introducing Echoes Ecology Ltd

Echoes Ecology Ltd is an ecological consultancy specialising in bats, birds, badgers, otters, water vole, red squirrel, great crested newt and other protected species. Please visit our Ecological Surveys page to find out more. We employ a large team, ranging from skilled office staff, through to qualified field surveyors and specialist sub-contractors. Below, we have shown our key members of staff, all of whom are fully employed within our business, cover a wide variety of experience and species licences, and in almost every instance are in possession of CSCS cards.


Neil Middleton ACIEEM
(Managing Director)

Neil Middleton radio tracking Daubenton's bat 2006 Neil is responsible for all of our key strategic decisions, as well as the development and management of our core customer relationships. He is involved with ecological projects at all levels and has also designed and delivered numerous training events. Since first becoming involved with bats in 1994 Neil has gained substantial experience from a range of bat related contracts. In addition he has a lifelong experience relating to other mammals and birds. He is well versed in the mitigation and compensation strategies to be adopted when applying for protected species licenses (e.g. bats, otter and badger), and regularly provides expert guidance to many organisations throughout Europe on bat-related matters. He is an Associate Member of The Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) and holds a CSCS card, as well as having Natural England licenses (Bats) and Scottish Natural Heritage licences (Bats and Schedule 1 Birds).

Laura Carter-Davis BSc(Hons) MSc MCIEEM
(Team Manager/Senior Ecologist)

Laura Davis MSc (Wildlife Biology & Conservation)Laura is a Senior Ecologist working within Echoes Ecology, where she also acts as Team Manager. Laura is a Full Member of The Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). She holds a Scottish Natural Heritage licence for bats and otters, as well as being a certified badger surveyor (Scottish Badgers - Level One). In addition, Laura holds a CSCS card and is a qualified tree climber (NPTC), a skill she uses to survey trees for evidence of bat roosting and nesting birds. Her other core strengths relate to otter and water vole, as well as having a broad understanding across all the relevant species groups. Since joining Echoes Ecology in 2007, she has taken the lead on numerous cases across many trade sectors, as well as co-delivering our training events. Laura has substantial experience with applying for protected species licences and developing associated mitigation and compensation strategies (e.g. bats, badger and otter).


Heather Simpson (nee Ream) MSc, ACIEEM (Senior Ecologist)

Heather Ream Echoes Ecology Ltd 2013Heather joined Echoes Ecology in 2013 as part of our ecologist team having previously gained two years experience elsewhere within the ecological sector. To date she has been involved with a wide selection of consultancy cases relating to commercial development, as well as being experienced with the Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW) role and holding a valid CSCS card, as well as also being a qualified tree climber (NPTC). Heather is an experienced Phase 1, NVC, invasive species, mammal, bird, reptile and amphibian ecologist, and she holds a Scottish Natural Heritage Great Crested Newt licence and is an accredited agent for Otter surveying. In addition she holds Natural England licences for Great Crested Newt and White-Clawed Crayfish. Her roles within Echoes Ecology include case management, staff development, field surveying and report writing in conjunction with taking the lead on numerous cases. Heather is also able to undertake eDNA surveys for Great Crested Newt.

Aaron Middleton
(Ecologist/IT & GIS Technician)

Aaron Middleton Tree Climbing Echoes EcologyAaron is an ecologist within Echoes Ecology specialising in the technological aspects of our customers needs. His role involves carrying out field surveys and providing the various support functions critical within our business, in particular GIS mapping (ArcGIS), as well as technology driven business solutions and IT software support functions (e.g. he has been the technical developer of our EchoCollation product). Aaron holds an SNH Bat Roost Visitors Licence, as well as being an accredited agent for Great Crested Newt and Otter work. He also holds a CSCS card and is a qualified tree climber (NPTC), a skill he uses to survey trees for evidence of bat roosts and bird nests. He is heavily involved with surveys for otter, reptiles, red squirrel, water vole, badger and bats (e.g. wind farm sites, emergence surveys of buildings and AnaBat/SM2 placement within sites that require remote recording of bat activity), as well as the delivery of training events that require his technical input. Aaron


Elaine Anderson BSc(Hons) ACIEEM
(Ecologist)

Elaine Anderson Echoes Ecology LtdElaine joined Echoes Ecology in 2014 as part of our ecologist team having previously gained three years experience elsewhere within the ecological sector. She is actively involved in the delivery of survey programmes and protected species licensing fulfillment on behalf of our clients. Her core strengths relate to bats, badger, otter, water vole, Phase 1, NVC and invasive species. Elaine holds a Scottish Natural Heritage licence for bats, as well as being a certified badger surveyor (Scottish Badgers - Level One) and a qualified tree climber (NPTC). Elaine also holds a CSCS card. She has a good practical grounding in surveying across many species groups within Scotland, as well as a diverse range of skills relating to forest management. She is also involved in other field work in our business including habitat management, as well as overseeing our day to day Health & Safety procedures.

Colin Everett
(Ornithologist)

Colin Everett Ornithologist Echoes Ecxology LtdColin joined Echoes Ecology in 2015. His core skills and experience relate to ornithology, and he also gets involved with surveying other species groups and Phase 1 habitat surveys. He has been studying birds since adolescence, and is competent in the identification (visual and sound) of all species groups within the UK. Prior to joining Echoes his extensive voluntary experience was succeeded by several years working as a seasonal ornithologist for the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), as well as for various ecological consultancies and charities. He is very experienced in most standard bird survey methods having completed well in excess of a thousand hours of professional fieldwork in a variety of habitats and locations across the UK. He has authored/co-authored several peer-reviewed ornithological papers in leading journals. In addition he holds a CSCS card.


Laura Spence BSc(Hons) GradCIEEM
(Graduate Ecologist)

Laura Spence Echoes Ecology Ltd 2016Laura joined the Echoes Ecology team in 2014 after graduating from Glasgow University with a BSc Honours in Zoology.  She has a diverse skill set, both practical and office based, and a good grounding in ecological protected species surveys including bat, badger, red squirrel, reptile, great crested newt, otter and water vole. Laura is responsible for the management of all training courses provided by the business and is also involved with various support aspects within the business including BatSound and AnaLook bat echolocation analysis.  She is a graduate member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) and holds a CSCS card. Currently Laura is working towards obtaining her bat licence and Level One badger surveying certificate (Scottish Badgers). She has also been trained to carry out eDNA surveys for Great Crested Newts.  



Part-time & Seasonal Team
Echoes Ecology Part time TeamIn addition to our full time team, we have a very strong and adaptive team of trained and qualified part-time and/or seasonal employees. This team typically doubles our field survey strength during the period April to October annually, and provides us with a wide range of additional skills to our business ranging from field surveyors (including bat call analysis and the organisation of our automated bat detector systems), through to the provision of support functions (e.g. health and safety cover on remote sites). In addition we do occasionally employ specialist sub-contractors when required due to any skill shortage within the business.

Mingaile Zebaite MSc
(Graduate Ecologist)

Mingaile Zebaite Echoes Ecology Ltd 2016Mingaile joined the Echoes Ecology team in 2014 after graduating from Edinburgh Napier Unversity with an MSc in Wildlife Biology and Conservation. Prior to working for Echoes she worked on a voluntary basis for the National Trust for Scotland. To date, within Echoes, she has been involved with a wide range of protected species cases (e.g. bats, otter, badger and red squirrel), as well as assisting with NVC and Phase 1 habitat surveys. Mingaile is also involved in carrying out desk studies, case management, surveying, report writing, as well as administrative tasks. She is a certified badger surveyor (Scottish Badgers - Level One) and holds a CSCS card. Her other strengths include BatSound and AnaLook bat echolocation analysis. Currently Mingaile is working towards obtaining her bat licence. She has also been trained to carry out eDNA surveys for Great Crested Newts.