Below are some of our dedicated ecologists that you may meet whilst working with us...

John Poland CEnv MCIEEM CBiol MSB

Principal Ecologist

John is an accomplished ecologist with over 13 years experience specialising in protected species and habitat issues relating to planning policy and nature conservation legislation.

John recognises the real issues faced by our clients and successfully harmonises wildlife and development to everyone’s benefit. He also leads regular CIEEM training courses for ecologists. As well as overseeing the company strategies, John continues to work with architects, planners and engineers to ensure a “win-win” situation is achieved on all projects.

Outside work, John is best known for writing the highly acclaimed and award-winning Vegetative Key to the British Flora – a book which has made year-round botanical surveys possible at last!

John Poland
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Victoria Russell MCIEEM

Principal Ecologist

Victoria has over 22 years consultancy experience and was a founder employee of one of the UK’s largest ecological consultancies.

Transferring her skills to a smaller practice has brought a wealth of benefits for all our clients. In addition to designing numerous mitigation schemes for protected species and writing ecology chapters for EIA, Victoria specialises in CSH/ BREEAM and has achieved a number of Code level 5 ratings – a fact that has not gone unrecognised by our clients! Victoria ensures projects are completed on time – and on budget.

Nicola Pyle MCIEEM

Senior Ecologist

Nicola has over 12 years of experience in ecological consultancy, with a specialist interest in bats. She holds a Natural England licence allowing her to work with bats. Nicola also carries out voluntary work with bats in her spare time, being on the committee of the Hampshire Bat Group and cares for injured bats.

Nicola also holds survey licenses for Dormice and Great crested newts. She has written and overseen the implementation of a number of licences for development sites, ensuring work is completed correctly and on time.

Nicola is suitably qualified ecologist for carrying out Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) and Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) assessments. She is experienced in carrying out Phase 1 Habitat Surveys, as well as protected species surveys.

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Calum Hampshire ecological services

Calum Cooper BSc (Hons) GradCIEEM


Calum has over four years of experience in ecological consultancy, having joined Hampshire Ecological Services in 2015 as an intern ecologist. He was then taken on full-time as an ecologist in 2016, following graduation in Ecology and Conservation Management from Sparsholt College Hampshire. 

Calum undertakes surveys for a range of protected species including; bats, dormice, reptiles, badgers and great crested newts as well as preliminary ecological appraisals.  He writes, reviews and contributes to habitat/ protected species reports and licences, works on bespoke mitigation solutions for individual projects, and also carries out ecological-clerk-of-works to supervise and guide the completion of mitigation and enhancements.

Chloe Mockridge MSc GradCIEEM


Chloe joined Hampshire Ecological Services in 2018 after having studied a bachelors in Zoology and a Masters in Environmental Biology: Conservation and Resource Management at Swansea University. 

Chloe undertakes a range of surveys including Phase 1 Habitat assessments, bat, reptile, dormouse and great crested newt surveys which she has been trained to undertake from other staff at HES and which she continues to develop.  She also supervises site staff on our ecological-clerk-of-works projects ensuring mitigation work is completed to a high standard.

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Ben Willers BSc (Hons)


Ben joined Hampshire Ecological Services as an assistant ecologist in 2018 before being taken on as a full time ecologist after graduating from Sparsholt University Centre with a degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation.

Ben undertakes a range of surveys including bat, great crested newt, dormouse, reptile and preliminary ecological assessments, as well as taking part in ecological supervision.

As a member of Hampshire Bat Group, Hampshire Dormouse Group and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Amphibian and Reptile Group, Ben takes part in voluntary surveys in his spare time and is working towards European Protected Species survey licences for bats, dormice and great crested newts.

Seasonal Staff

We also have a dedicated team of experienced and qualified ecologists who are employed to assist with our fieldwork and admin during peak times. Our highly trained support team have a wealth of knowledge and capability to work with the range of protected species encountered on our projects. Again, all staff adhere fully to CIEEM’s Code of Professional Conduct.