Our London & South East Consultancy

The London & South East office was set up by Sarah Lyne, Principal Ecologist, in April 2014. Since this time, the London & South East office has employed an Assistant Ecologist and worked with various volunteers to help them gain work experience.

The London & South East office now has a list of loyal clients, including planners, Local Authorities, developers and architects. The London & South East team frequently work with clients on projects involving bat surveys, including seeing projects through from the initial external and internal inspection stage of buildings, to the implementation of the European Protected Species Licence. The London & South East team also work on projects which require Preliminary Ecological Appraisals, Biodiversity Mapping, Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM Assessments, assessments of potential Sites of Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANGS), Biodiversity Enhancement and Management Plans, and surveys for great crested newts (including pitfall trapping), reptiles, breeding birds, badgers and dormice. The London & South East team also provide Ecological Clerk of Works services.


Contact London & South East

Tel: 01372 602372
Mobile: 07443 652988

Email: info@acornecology.co.uk

The London & South East Team

Sarah Lyne CEnv BSc (Hons) MCIEEM
Sarah Lyne CEnv BSc (Hons) MCIEEMBranch Manager | Principal Ecologist

Sarah is our London & South East Branch Manager, has worked full-time as an ecological consultant for over 18 years and is a Chartered Environmentalist (Society for the Environment) and a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. Sarah has extensive experience in all methods of habitat and protected species surveys, Ecological Impact Assessment, Habitat Regulations Assessment, ecological input into supplementary planning guidance, preparation of local biodiversity action plans, mitigation and management strategies, habitat creation and enhancement and European Protected Species License applications. Sarah holds Natural England Class Licences for bats and great crested newts.

In her spare time, she enjoys going for long walks in the countryside with her dogs, gardening and growing ornamental orchids. Sarah also occasionally fosters dogs rescued from puppy farms for a local dog rescue charity.

Nick Gray BSc (Hons)
Nick Gray BSc (Hons)Ecologist

Following a 16 year career in the aviation industry, Nick completed a degree in Natural Sciences with Biology, through the Open University. With tailored support from Acorn Ecology Training, he then moved into a new career in ecology. Nick has been part of the London & South East team since summer 2016 and is an Ecologist. He holds Natural England protected species licences for Dormice and Great-Crested Newts, and holds a Class 2 licence for Bats. He is currently working towards a licence for Water Voles.

In his spare time, Nick is a volunteer with local wildlife conservation teams. He enjoys reading, walking, sailing and historical re-enactment.

Martin Roche BSc (Hons) Grad CIEEM
Martin Roche BSc (Hons) Grad CIEEMAssistant Ecologist

Martin graduated with a degree in Zoology with honours from Royal Holloway University of London in 2015.  After working different jobs involving dogs, fish and reptiles, Martin wanted to pursue a career in ecology so enrolled onto the Acorn Ecology Certificate in Ecological Consultancy PLUS in 2017.  As part of the course he completed a work placement at the then Guildford branch where he eventually carried on working as a seasonal ecologist.  He has now started working at the London & South East branch full-time as an Assistant Ecologist and is a Graduate Member of CIEEM.  Martin has had extensive experience conducting protected species surveys as well as Phase 1 habitat surveys. Martin holds NE licences for great crested newts and dormice and is currently working towards obtaining his bat licence.

In his spare time, Martin keeps tropical fish tanks and a leopard gecko as well as going on country walks with his dog. He also enjoys going to the cinema and football matches with his friends.

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