Acorn Ecology is delighted to welcome Hannah Willis BSc GradCIEEM as an Ecologist joining the Exeter branch.
Hannah has recently relocated back to the south west having graduated from Exeter University in 2012 with a degree in Biological Sciences. Since then she has worked abroad with the US Forest Service in Yellowstone National Park, Montana and for DEFRA, before working as an Ecologist with a multi-disciplinary consultancy. She holds survey licences for bats and great crested newt (GCN) and is working towards her other protected species licences.
‘Hi All. My first two weeks at Acorn have been great so far. A wonderful team with lots of knowledge to share and I am very excited to be working with them.
So far I have been getting to know projects and systems, quoting for new work including PEAs and emergence/ return to roost surveys. I have visited a local barn conversion site in Somerset which was granted an EPS licence for bats in 2017, which included taking a look at the newly instated bat loft provided by way of mitigation. I have also been preparing site monitoring visits for granted bat and dormouse licence applications, and attended the south west CIEEM conference on Nocturnal Landscapes building upon species/ local knowledge.
I am very much looking forward to the start of survey season, expanding on all I have learned in my career so far and sharing my knowledge and enthusiasm with others as they train and volunteer at Acorn.’