Our core team
Dr Lindsay Carrington BSc MPhil MCIEEM (Director)
Lindsay has been working as an ecologist since 1998 alongside conducting research on habitat creation since 2003, the combination of which has developed skills in a wide range of ecological surveys, research techniques and nature conservation management principles. Prior to establishing Lindsay Carrington Ecological Services, Lindsay worked on numerous large scale projects, such as the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, Thamesmead Housing Development, Thames Gateway regeneration project and the West Coast Main Line refurbishment to name but a few. Since establishing the company, Lindsay has been involved in ecological assessment of a wide range of construction projects of varying scales. She has subsequently gained extensive experience in extended Phase 1 habitat survey, Phase 2 botanical survey such as NVC and protected species surveys, particularly bat surveys, great crested newt surveys, reptile surveys, badger surveysand water vole surveys. Lindsay holds a Natural England licence to survey for great crested newts, barn owls and bats. She also has considerable experience in devising and implementing mitigation strategies for these species and has developed a related specialism in habitat restoration and creation through her research work.
Establishing Lindsay Carrington Ecological Services in 2002, Lindsay then began working towards her doctorate, researching methods into the successful establishment of semi-natural habitats on clay capped landfill and mechanisms by which they can be accelerated. Whilst her research aimed at dealing with constraints associated with the clay cap, many aspects of the research related to habitat restoration and creation in the wider context and translate directly to development related mitigation schemes. A combination of experience gained through research and consultancy means that Lindsay has also developed skills in experimental design, establishing vegetation monitoring schemes and writing habitat management plans driven by an adaptive management principle.
Jenny Sutch BSc (Hons) MCIEEM (Principal Ecologist)
Jenny has worked as an ecologist for over eight years with Lindsay Carrington Ecological Services. Since joining the company in 2007, she has developed a wide range of ecological skills from survey techniques to implementing mitigation strategies. Jenny has been involved in a number of projects including Phase 1 Habitat surveys, biodiversity assessments, BREEAM assessments, a range of protected species surveys including reptiles, great crested newts, bats and dormice. Jenny holds a number of bat development licenses for species such as pipistrelle, long-eared, whiskered and serotine bats.
Jenny graduated in Applied Geography from Bournemouth University in 2005 and prior to joining the company she was involved in a range of conservation projects through her voluntary work with the National Trust in Dorset. She was involved in the Heathland Project and assisted in numerous ecological surveys including ecological monitoring programmes, grazing impact assessment, and invertebrate surveys. She has extensive experience of reptile handling and surveying for which she was involved in a large translocation project whilst working for a consultancy in Kent. During her time with the National Trust Jenny was able to gain further experience of handling and surveying for reptiles and holds a sand lizard and smooth snake survey licence.
Jenny holds a great crested newt survey licence and a survey licence for all species of bats in all counties of England. Jenny has also been able to gain experience of handling and surveying dormice through monitoring programme on the Lulworth Ranges and on RSPB reserves, and has gained her own survey licence for this species.
Jenny is the team’s health and safety manager and works with Sophie to line manage the junior staff.
Sophie Smith BSc (Hons) MCIEEM (Principal Ecologist)
Sophie has worked as an ecologist for over ten years and joined Lindsay Carrington Ecological Services in 2014. Sophie has been involved in ecological assessment of a wide range of projects of varying scales, from large housing developments and solar farms to house extensions. She has been involved in the project management and undertaking a number of assessments including Phase 1 Habitat surveys, BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes assessments. She also undertakes a range of protected species surveys including water vole, reptiles, badgers, great crested newts, bats and dormice. Sophie is experienced in writing and coordinating mitigation strategies and currently holds development licences for dormice, great crested newts, badgers and water voles. Sophie regularly writes ecology chapters for Environmental Impact Assessments and Habitat Regulations Assessment support documents.
Sophie graduated in Ecology and Environmental Management from Cardiff University in 2005 and prior to joining the company she worked as a Senior Ecologist at RPS Group and ADAS. Sophie holds Natural England sand lizard and smooth snake, great crested newt and dormice survey licenses. Sophie is the team’s training coordinator and works with Jenny to line manage the junior staff.
Louisa Jones BSc (Hons) ACIEEM (Ecologist)
Louisa graduated with a masters degree from Swansea University in 2011 and joined the company in January 2014 following a number of years working in consultancy. She has experience working on small and large scale projects advising clients in the implementation of their projects and designing mitigation strategies for protected species. In her previous role she was a key member of the team working on bird surveys for large scale infrastructure projects with a particular focus on barn owls. Since joining the company she has carried out various ecological surveys such as ecological appraisals, code for sustainable homes, bats, great crested newts, dormice, badger and watervole. Louisa specialises in bird survey work and carries out breeding bird, wintering bird surveys, with a focus on dark-bellied brent geese near SPAs, and nightjar surveys. In her free time she carries out bird surveys for the BTO and FWAG in the local area.
Nicola Hesketh-Roberts BSc (Hons) (Ecologist)
Nicola has worked as an ecologist with Lindsay Carrington Ecological Services since 2014. During this time she has developed her project management skills and been responsible for small scale projects, including designing and implementing mitigation and undertaking watching briefs under licence to ensure the safety of protected species such as bats. Nicola holds survey licenses for great crested newt, all species of bats and rare reptiles and undertakes a range of protected species surveys, using the results to prepare ecological reports. Nicola has a keen interest in newts and reptiles and enjoys training junior members of the team on best practice survey methods for these species.
Prior to her role with LCECO, Nicola was employed with Dorset Wildlife Trust for a number of years, undertaking many roles including Conservation Officer and Conservation Skills trainee, gaining a great deal of experience in heathland management during this time. She then took up a role as Countryside Warden at Stanpit Marsh Nature Reserve, working alongside partners and the public to safeguard the protected habitats and species.
Katie Ford BSc (Hons) MSc (Assistant Ecologist)
Katie graduated from Edinburgh Napier University in 2013 with an MSc in Wildlife Biology and Conservation. She joined LCECO as a seasonal ecologist in August 2014 and was made a full-time member of staff in 2015. She has worked on various small and medium scale projects including ecological appraisals and protected species surveys including bat, reptile, badger, dormice and great crested newt surveys. Katie has worked on habitat management plans and mitigation strategies for reptiles and great crested newts. She specialises in herpetological surveys and holds Natural England Licences for great crested newts and sand lizards and smooth snakes. She is currently working towards her dormice licence and class 1 bat licence.
In her free time Katie undertakes voluntary dormouse surveys, surveys with the Dorset Bat Group, and annually surveys for the wider countryside butterfly survey.
Alex Hannam BSc (Hons) GradCIEEM (Assistant Ecologist)
Alex graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Biology from Aberystwyth University in 2014 and joined the company in March 2015 after conducting freelance bat surveys for other consultancies. Prior to working for the company he volunteered with the Dorset Bat Group where he worked with and handled a variety of bat species including noctule bats, daubenton’s bats, brown long-eared bats, bechstein’s, barbastelles, and pipistrelle bats captured during netting sessions and during harp trapping, mist netting and bat box checks. Since joining the company he has undertaken various ecological surveys such as ecological appraisals, code for sustainable homes, BREEAM assessments, bats, reptiles, dormouse, badgers and great crested newt surveys. Alex specialises in bat surveys and mitigation, and holds a Tree climbing and aerial rescue City and Guilds certificate as well as a Natural England Class 2 bat licence. Alex has also assisted in writing bat licences for projects.
Liz Kimber BSc (Hons) (Assistant Ecologist)
Liz is currently working as an assistant ecologist for Lindsay Carrington Ecological Services, she started as a seasonal ecologist with the team in 2014. She has been involved in undertaking Phase 1 Habitat surveys and a variety of protected species surveys including badgers, bats, dormice, great crested newts, otters, reptiles and water voles. Liz currently holds a sand lizard and smooth snake survey licence and is working towards her great crested newt licence and bat licence. Liz has been writing ecological appraisals, badger and bat survey reports, acted as a clerk of works for various licensed mitigation projects and co-ordinates large projects.
Liz graduated in Environmental Science from the University of Portsmouth in 2013. Whilst at university she co-ordinated a number of voluntary projects including habitat management and calcareous grassland translocations. In her free time she does voluntary bat box checks, dormouse checks and reptile surveys in the local area.
Alex Coggins BSc (Hons) (Graduate Ecologist)
Alex started working for LCECO as a seasonal ecologist in 2014 and was made a permanent member of staff in 2016. He organises and undertakes a wide variety of protected species surveys including bats, reptiles, dormice, badgers and great crested newts, and is gaining experience at undertaking Phase 1 Habitat surveys and undertaking ecological clerk of works for badgers and reptiles. He is currently working towards gaining protected species licences for great crested newt, dormice and bats. Alex specialises in bird survey work including wintering bird and nightjar surveys, and training to undertake breeding bird surveys in the spring.
Alex graduated from the University of Exeter in 2014 with a degree in Conservation Biology & Ecology. In his free time he enjoys bird watching and improving on his plant ID skills on country walks.