Professional ecological and arboricultural services applying local knowledge and experience
Tel: 01621 862986
Fax: 01621 862990
E-mail: eecos@essexwt.org.uk
Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough, Colchester, CO5 7RZ

Meet The Team

EECOS has five full time ecologists, all of whom are members of the Charetered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). We hold a range of European Protected Species licences including for bats, Great Crested Newts and White-clawed Crayfish, and have a diverse range of specialised interests spanning ecological fields and taxonomic groups.


Pat Hatch MCIEEM (Interim Manager of EECOS)

As Interim Manager of EECOS, Pat is responsible for the day-to-day running of the business, quality control and its ongoing development.  Pat joined EECOS in 2007 after a spell with Wiltshire Wildlife Trust's consultancy, Chalkhill Environmental Consultants, but his qualifications and experience were built up while fulfilling a variety of positions with conservation bodies in Scotland and Ireland.

Bats remain his prime interest, and as a Natural England licensed bat ecologist since 2002 he leads on EECOS bat contracts. In his own time Pat co-ordinates and undertakes a variety of bat survey projects through his involvement with Essex Bat Group.

Pat has a wealth of experience in undertaking site assessments and legally protected species surveys, as well as completing the Landscape and Ecology aspects of BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes Assessments.

Adrian Knowles BSc FRES MCIEEM (Senior Ecologist)

Adrian has worked for Essex Wildlife Trust for over 20 years, leading a team between 1990 and 1994 that pioneered the identification of Local Wildlife Sites (LoWS) across Essex.  In 1994 he became the founding employee of EECOS using this speciality throughout his role with EECOS.  Adrian was the main author of the LoWS Selection Criteria that are in place today and has recently organised Site reviews for Colchester, Epping Forest, Harlow and Brentwood Local Authorities.  He has held numerous licences to permit work close to Badger setts (including the construction of new, artificial setts) and also on projects affecting Great Crested Newt habitat.

Originally specialising in field botany, Adrian has now developed a broad interest in invertebrate ecology and in June of 2011 was accepted as a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society.  He is the Suffolk County Recorder for Hymenoptera (bees, wasps and ants).

Adele Devonshire BSc MSc MCIEEM (Ecologist)

Adele has over eight years’ experience in environmental consultancy and the field of ecology and has worked on projects in the water, construction, government, energy and renewable industries as well as for large and small scale developers in the UK.

She has undertaken many Phase 1 habitat assessments and a wide range of protected species surveys including Great Crested Newt, reptile, Badger, bats, Water Vole and Otter surveys as well as reptile and amphibian translocation work at a number of sites around the UK.

She holds a Natural England Great Crested Newt survey licence and has experience in tree surveys holding a Technicians Certificate in arboriculture.

Martin Pugh BSc MCIEEM (Ecologist)

Martin has been an ecologist with EECOS since 2005 and has experience in a range of ecological survey work.  He has over six years of experience in surveying for legally protected species, having carried out surveys and follow-up mitigation (often under licence) for reptiles, Great Crested Newts, Badgers, Water Voles and bats across a range of sites. Martin has taken a lead on Farm Environment Plans for Higher Level Stewardship and has been involved in BREEAM and CFSH projects. He has growing knowledge of practical conservation management and holds a valid chainsaw and brushcutter ticket.

As a continuation of his research on crayfish, started as a BSc dissertation at Leeds University, Martin has carried out a number of surveys throughout the eastern region and is considered a local expert on the native crayfish - the White-clawed Crayfish.  As well as running annual courses on crayfish ecology and surveying for Essex Wildlife Trust, he has recently helped establish the first safe 'Ark' site for the native species in Essex alongside Essex Biodiversity Project and the Environment Agency. Martin holds a Natural England crayfish licence and has recently made an appearance on Ray Mear's 'Wild Britain' featuring crayfish.

Colin Austin BSc PG Dip Arch (Assistant Ecologist)

Colin has over 20 years' experience as a field botanist in Essex and is also a qualified and experienced field archaeologist, having been involved in several important excavations around Colchester and Maldon.  He formed part of the original team charged with identifying the first suite of Local Wildlife Sites throughout the county and has continued this work during several Local Authority reviews, keeping the register of Sites up to date.  Botany remains a primary interest.

In recent years Colin has engaged in numerous surveys for Great Crested Newts, reptiles, Water Voles and other legally protected species, and has worked under several European Protected Species licences.  He also has considerable recent experience in Dormouse surveying.