Our team provides a full range of ecological expertise. We understand the wider legislative, planning and engineering demands of development projects, and work directly for clients or as an integral member of a multi-disciplinary team.   Our Ecologists are all members (Full, Associate or Graduate level) of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and are committed to the Institute’s Code of Professional Conduct.

<strong>Howard Fearn</strong>
Howard FearnMSc MCIEEM
Director
Howard founded Avian Ecology in 2007 and leads the company’s growth and development. An expert ornithologist and EIA specialist, he has completed numerous EIAs and Habitats Regulations Assessments for large developments.
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<strong>Una Maginn</strong>
Una Maginn MSc MCIEEM
Technical Director
Una has over 25 years’ experience in ecology and EIA management, and delivers mitigation and training for housing, transport and energy infrastructure projects.
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<strong>Andrew Logan </strong>
Andrew Logan BSc(Hons) MSC MCIEEM
Principal Ecologist
Andrew is an experienced ecologist specialising in protected species licensing and mitigation involving negotiations with statutory bodies. He also manages EcIA, BREEAM and CfSH assessments.
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<strong>Stacey Whiteley</strong>
Stacey WhiteleyBSc(Hons) MCIEEM
Senior Ecologist
An EcIA and protected species specialist, Stacey undertakes ecological impact assessments with a particular focus on the analysis of complex bird and bat activity data for renewable energy schemes.
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<strong>Nicole Robinson</strong>
Nicole RobinsonMSc ACIEEM
Senior Ornithologist
Nicole is a highly experienced ecologist and ornithologist, delivering ecological impact assessment and Habitats Regulations Assessments. She also holds NIEA protected species licences.
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<strong>Colin Bonnington</strong>
Colin BonningtonMSc DPhil MCIEEM
Senior Ecologist
Colin has over seven years’ experience as a professional ecological consultant and many more as a field worker.
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<strong>Dan Foy</strong>
Dan FoyBSc(Hons)
Senior Ecologist
Dan has over six years’ experience as a professional ecologist and a further ten years’ experience within the wildlife conservation sector.
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<strong>Beth Walker</strong>
Beth WalkerMSc
Senior Ecologist
Beth has over five years’ experience as a professional ecological consultant. She has written numerous baseline ecological reports including Extended Phase 1 habitat surveys/Preliminary ecological appraisals and protected species survey reports…
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<strong>Samantha Turner</strong>
Samantha TurnerBSc(Hons) MSc GradCIEEM
Ecologist
With a lifelong enthusiasm for nature and the outdoors, Sam has gained wide ranging voluntary and work experience in conservation and ecological consultancy
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<strong>Zac Hinchcliffe</strong>
Zac HinchcliffeMRes BSc(Hons)
Field Ornithologist
Zac joined our team in 2017 and is our lead field ornithologist. He is also a capable habitat and protected species surveyor.
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<strong>Andrew Hulme</strong>
Andrew HulmeBSc(Hons)
Ecologist
Andrew joined our team in early 2017 as a highly competent field ecologist capable of undertaking protected species and habitat surveys and Ecological Clerk of Works supervision on construction sites.
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<strong>Austin Morley</strong>
Austin MorleyBSc(Hons)
Ecologist
Austin has worked in the environmental consulting sector for over five years and has experience in working on a wide range of projects, from large scale infrastructure projects of national significance to small scale residential developments.
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<strong>Rachel Hughes</strong>
Rachel HughesAAT
Office and Finance Manager
Rachel is tasked with the smooth running of the office and finances within Avian Ecology. She also leads administration and health and safety implementation for the team.
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<strong>Mark Risk</strong>
Mark RiskBSc(Hons)
GIS and Graphic Design Specialist
Mark is Avian Ecology’s lead GIS specialist whose main role involves compiling and managing complex data sets and assists the team in presenting and preparing the graphics they need.
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