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We are a close-knit team, passionate about the natural environment and take our duty of care as environment professionals very seriously. Consequently our ecological work adheres to the CIEEM Code of Professional Conduct.

Our team of ecologists is made up of dedicated enthusiasts who are prepared to go that extra mile to ensure the quality of work and advice we produce is of the highest standard.

Personnel Profiles

Robert Yaxley
Robert Yaxley BSc CEcol CEnv MCIEEM
Rob is the founder, managing director and principal ecologist of WFE.  He has been an independent consultant ecologist since 1998. His background in nature conservation has given him a sound understanding of issues concerning UK habitats, species and designated sites. Read more »

Robert Yaxley BSc CEcol CEnv MCIEEM

Director and Principal Ecologist
Susannah Dickinson
Susannah Dickinson BSc MCIEEM 
Susie is an experienced ecologist, with over 10 years at WFE. As WFE’s bat survey lead, she primarily undertakes work for barn conversions and building projects with bat mitigation European Protected Species (EPS) Licences. Read more »

Susannah Dickinson BSc MCIEEM 

Senior Ecologist
Graham Riley BSc ACIEEM
Graham Riley BSc ACIEEM
Graham has been a consultant ecologist with WFE since 2008. With a background in professional ornithology, he previously spent 14 years working on the RSPB stone curlew recovery project, and 2 years as a self employed ornithologist. Read more »

Graham Riley BSc ACIEEM

Ecologist
William Riddett
William Riddett BA ACIEEM
Will is WFE’s built environment, Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM specialist. He has worked on over 100 such projects since joining WFE in 2008, across the east of England and London. Read more »

William Riddett BA ACIEEM

Ecologist
Mary Goddard BSc MSc
Mary Goddard BSc MSc
Mary joined the team in March 2017 and has a broad interest in natural history and has worked on projects ranging from the genetic analysis of ladybird endoparasites to studying the breeding habitat requirements of European Nightjars in Norfolk. Read more »

Mary Goddard BSc MSc

Assistant Ecologist
Elizabeth Maxim MBiochem
Elizabeth Maxim MBiochem
With 15 years of laboratory science behind her, Liz brings an eye for detail, a methodical approach, a high level of organisation and an understanding of scientific procedure, Liz hopes to provide a useful and unique outlook to office matters. Read more »

Elizabeth Maxim MBiochem

Technical and Administrative Support
Alexander Lowe BSc
Alexander Lowe BSc
Alex joined WFE in August 2019 as the full time Arboriculturist following on from a two and a half year period as one of the Tree Officers for Broadland District Council in Norfolk. During his time in the Planning Department, Alex gained valuable insight into the planning... Read more »

Alexander Lowe BSc

Arboriculturist
Adam Stickler
Adam Stickler BSc MSc
Adam joined the team in January 2019 and brings 5 years of experience in ecological and environmental impact assessment. Previously, Adam has worked on a wide variety of projects. Read more »

Adam Stickler BSc MSc

Assistant Ecologist
Ptolemy McKinnon
Ptolemy McKinnon BSc MSc
Ptolemy joined WFE in January 2019 following a previous role as a ranger with the National Trust on the Farne Islands. Ptolemy was involved in seabird monitoring on the Farnes... Read more »

Ptolemy McKinnon BSc MSc

Assistant Ecologist
Alice Petherick
Alice Petherick BA
Alice joined WFE in November 2019 following her previous role as a field scientist with the Environment Agency. She has previously been involved with bat surveys... Read more »

Alice Petherick BA

Assistant Ecologist
Katrina Salmon
Katrina Salmon BSc GradCIEEM
Katrina joined the team in October 2019 following her previous role as a field surveyor in Birmingham. Read more »

Katrina Salmon BSc GradCIEEM

Assistant Ecologist
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