About Us


Established in 2002, by Toby Abrehart, Abrehart Ecology Ltd is an experienced consultancy offering a wide range of ecological services. Since establishment Abrehart Ecology Ltd has grown into a dynamic team based in Suffolk, East Anglia. At the heart of our work is the ambition to provide pragmatic and cost-effective services for clients with high quality results. Though based in Suffolk we have worked with a wide range of clients from around the UK, from national organisations through to local community groups and individual home owners.

We tailor our services to the needs of our clients and with a core, dedicated team in place we take pride in our attention to detail. The services we provide include specialist mollusc, aquatic invertebrate and botanical surveys, as well as protected species advice, reporting and surveys for bats, badgers, great crested newt, natterjack toad, reptiles, birds (including barn owl), hazel dormouse, otter, water vole and small mammals. For more information please see our services. We also offer advice tailored for individual clients to help meet a range of ecological needs, such as habitat management and enhancement plans. If you would like to discuss a potential project please contact us with any queries.


The Team

Toby Abrehart MCIEEM FLS: Director / Principal Ecologist / Botanist / Malacologist

With over 20 years’ experience in ecology Toby is a national expert on terrestrial and freshwater mollusc species as well as an experienced botanist, ornithologist and mammologist. He has a wealth of experience in working with government agencies and conservation organisations to evaluate sites and provide advice on appropriate management. Currently, Toby was one of the four main recorders for the Flora of Suffolk but has previous experience from work around Western Europe in both botanical and invertebrate ecology. He also has experience in providing training for a variety of clients which can be supported by reference collections to help with the identification of invertebrates and mammals.


James Booty, BSc (Hons) Grad CIEEM: Ecologist

James has a first-class degree in Environmental Sciences and has worked in ecological consultancy since 2012. James’ main ecological interests are in bats and birds; he is currently completing a PhD in wading birds and ecosystem services. He holds Natural England survey licences for bats, barn owls and great crested newts and is a NPTC certified tree climber. James has wide ranging field survey and report writing skills, with experience in preliminary ecological appraisal, ‘Phase 2’ protected species surveys, preparation of Mitigation Licence applications for European Protected Species and biodiversity mitigation and enhancement schemes.


Alister Killingsworth, BSc (Hons), MSc Grad CIEEM: Ecologist

Alister has a MSc in Applied Ecology and has worked in ecological consultancy since 2013, working primarily on residential development, commercial and renewable energy projects. He has developed a wide range of protected species survey and legislation knowledge, as part of planning applications and in support of EPS mitigation licensing. He holds a Natural England survey licence for great crested newts as well as a NPTC brushcutter ticket and digger licence. He is also experienced in installing ecological fencing and carrying out habitat management and ECoW duties. Alister’s main interests are large mammals (badgers and otters) and he is a member of the Suffolk Badger and Bat groups.


Christopher Bridge, BSc: Field Ecologist / Ornithologist

Chris studied Conservation Management for two years at Myerscough College, before going onto graduate from Bangor University with a BSc in Environmental Conservation. He has a wide range of practical, field and survey experience holds NPTC brushcutter, ATV, tractor and pesticide spraying tickets. Chris’ main interest is ornithology and holds a BTO A permit ringing licence. He is well travelled across the United Kingdom, Europe and further afield to Kenya and has excellent auditory and visual bird identification skills.


Duncan Sweeting: Ecologist / Herpetologist

Duncan has been working as an active volunteer and conservationist in the Wildife and Conservation sector for over twenty years, and holds Natural England survey licences for great crested newts, natterjack toads, bats and hazel dormice. As a former engineer, Duncan brings a valuable and practical approach to solutions driven ecological consultancy. Duncan has travelled extensively as a herpetologist and leads on our reptile and amphibian surveys.


Miranda Proctor BSc (Hons): Assistant Ecologist

Miranda has a BSc in Ecology and Wildlife Conservation with a strong background in environmental education both locally and abroad. Miranda supports senior staff in field work,  sample preparation in the laboratory, data management, client liaison and reporting duties.


Lindsey Jennings, Office manager / PA

Lindsey joined Abrehart Ecology at the beginning of 2016, with over 12 years’ administration experience. Lindsey provides secretarial support as well as dealing with a range of administrative tasks, such as accountancy work, appointments, and overseeing the planning of the company’s fieldwork diary. Lindsey is trained in a variety of office software packages which helps towards invoicing, data inputting and producing presentations within the business.


Dave Bescoby, PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons): GIS Specialist and Archeologist

Wide range of skills with over 20 years’ experience working on a diverse range of commercial and research projects both in the UK and overseas. Areas of specialism include GIS, Geoarchaeology and Environmental archaeology. Honorary Lecturer, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia. Key research interests include the use of GIS and remote sensing techniques for developing process-based models of landscape change. Recent projects include working on large saltmarsh vegetation comparisons across two different data sets to determine changes within estuaries in East Anglia over a 20 year period. Dave is also working with the Sainsbury Institute for the study of Japanese Art and Culture establishing a GIS database for the Shinano-Chikuma River valley in central Japan as part of a 5 year project looking at landscape change and settlement within the valley catchment.


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