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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!


Victoria Russell MCIEEM

Senior Ecologist

Victoria has over 15 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.


 Carmen Green BSc


Carmen joined Hampshire Ecological Services in 2015 after graduating from the University of Reading. She has been involved in a range of ecological studies, specifically aimed at conservation and mitigation for British species. Carmen undertakes a range of surveys including Phase 1 Habitat assessments, bat, reptile, dormouse and great crested newt surveys. She also supervises site staff on our ecological-clerk-of-works projects ensuring mitigation work is completed to a high standard.


Adam Lewins BSc (Hons) Grad CIEEM

Ecologist and Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) Assessor

Adam undertakes supervision on many of our ecological-clerk-of-works projects where he advises on how to avoid or minimise impacts for mitigation and compensation schemes. Adam also has specific training in relation to protected species and provides ecological toolbox talks and inductions to ensure that ecological constraints are clearly understood by site staff. Adam is also a fully qualified CSH Assessor.  


Phil Budd BSc

Ecologist, Invertebrate and Lower Plant Specialist

Phil is an all-round ecologist specialising in invertebrates (mostly molluscs and Lepidoptera, Diptera, Hemiptera and Coleoptera), lower plants (mosses & lichens) and fungi. Phil undertakes these surveys on our larger, or more specialist, schemes. Having worked for a well-known insect conservation charity in the past, he has also undertaken invertebrate surveys for water companies and several local authorities. A recognised expert on many aspects of natural history, he is also the appointed county recorder for hoverflies and the editor for Kingfisher, one of the Hampshire Ornithological Society's periodicals. Phil also undertakes the majority of our breeding & wintering bird surveys.


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.