Our Exeter Head Office

Meet the Exeter Team

The Exeter office was established in 2003 and works throughout the South West with a range of clients including home owners, architects, developers and local authorities.

Our small team of ecologist are highly experienced, working  on a range of projects from small scale projects such as barn conversions, extensions and repair/maintenance of public and historic buildings; through to larger housing developments and infrastructure projects.  We are solution based and aim to move projects forward, whilst ensuring that due consideration is given to wildlife and the associated legislation.

We specialise in protected species and members of our team hold survey licences for bats, dormice and great crested newts. We also undertake surveys and design/implement mitigation measures for other protected species including badgers, reptiles, cirl buntings and others. Our Principal Ecologist is a Registered Consultant under the Bat Low Impact Class Licence, and we are highly experienced in applying for European Protected Species Licences from Natural England.  We are also experienced in undertaking Preliminary Ecological Appraisals/Phase 1 Habitat Surveys, producing Biodiversity Mitigation and Enhancement Strategies/ Management Plans and working as an Ecological Clerk of Works.

We undertake surveys for a wide range of protected species, but specialise in bats, dormice and reptiles.

Exeter Cathedral

Exeter Cathedral

Contact Head Office

Tel: 01392366512

Email: info@acornecology.co.uk

Our Exeter Managers

Sue Searle BSc PGDip MCIEEM
Sue Searle BSc PGDip MCIEEMManaging Director | Founder | Principal Ecologist

Sue is a licensed bat and dormouse worker, bat trainer, and full member of CIEEM. In 2000 she won an Earthwatch Millennium Fellowship, in 2002 she won a David Bellamy Award and in 2009 she won a National Training Award. Sue is the Managing Director, Principal Ecologist and Senior Tutor at Acorn Ecology.

Sue completed a degree in biological sciences at University of Exeter in 2001 and a post graduate diploma in Ecology and Conservation at University of Bristol in 2003 which is when she also set up Acorn Ecology Ltd.

She has worked for the East Devon Heathland Heritage Project, Dartmoor National Park and the Barn Owl Trust, she also ran a children’s wildlife group for 10 years.

During her (limited!) spare time, she enjoys photography, painting and walking the south west coast path.

Sarah Candlin BSc MSc CIEEM
Sarah Candlin BSc MSc CIEEMBranch Manager | Training Manager | Principal Ecologist

Sarah joined Acorn Ecology Ltd as a Trainee Ecologist at the beginning of 2007 and has now become Exeter Branch Manager, Principal Ecologist and the Training Manager in charge of organising our professional development courses.

Sarah completed an Environmental Biology degree at the University of Wales, Bangor in 2006. She is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) and holds Natural England (NE) bat, dormouse and great crested newt survey licences.

As well as conducting extended Phase 1 habitat surveys and protected species surveys, Sarah is also experienced at producing European Protected Species Licence (EPSL) applications for bats and dormice.

In her free time, Sarah enjoys painting, hill walking, rock climbing and surfing.

The Exeter Team

Colin Bonfield
Colin BonfieldSenior Ecologist
Colin has a degree in Restoration Ecology from University of East London in 2001 and an MSc in Environmental Science also from University of London which he gained in 2004. He is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and has worked in ecological consultancy since 2003. Colin holds Natural England (NE) bat, dormouse and great crested newt licences, has extensive experience in protected species surveys (bats, badgers, dormice, water voles, otters, reptiles, amphibians & aquatic invertebrates) and extended Phase 1 Habitat Surveys.

He is also an experienced Ecological Clerk of Works with extensive experience of working on large infrastructure projects such as natural gas pipelines and road. He joined the team in May 2013.

Colin has a young family and enjoys playing music, bird watching and country walks.

Jess Smallcombe
Jess SmallcombeEcologist
Jess is from Exeter. She has a degree in Zoology from Liverpool and an MSc in Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology from Exeter.

She has worked abroad, conducting ecological surveys in the tropics including in Borneo and Madagascar. Jess holds a Natural England (NE) dormouse licence and is working towards her other protected species licenses.

In her spare time, Jess enjoys running, art and photography.

Acorn Ecology The Granary head office training center

The Granary, Westpoint (Acorn Exeter Branch)

Sally Blower
Sally BlowerFinance and Admin Manager
Sally has had a number of finance and administrative roles since graduating in 1999 and has now established herself as completely indispensable to Acorn, supporting all three branches with their admin, accounts and budget planning. If you call us, it’s probably Sally you’ll speak to!

Sally has a passion for running and has taken part in a number of long distance races, including the 2015 London Marathon!

When not at work or out running, Sally is busy bringing up her two little boys and finding the time to read a good book.

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