Ecology services firm moves to city Innovation Centre

Posted by on 18/10/2010

By Gordon Richardson, Exeter Express & Echo, 18th October 2010

A GROWING firm of ecological consultants has opened a new office in Exeter.

The launch of Ecosulis' base at the Innovation Centre on the university's Streatham Campus comes as the firm celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Heading the office is director Hannah Maben, who was previously based at Ecosulis's Bath headquarters. She has a background in environmental impact assessment, ecological consulting and contracting, and countryside management.

Before joining Ecosulis over five years ago she worked for an international multi-disciplinary consultancy in Exeter. She said: "While we work across the UK and parts of Europe, I recognise the importance of local teams with local knowledge to enable high-quality, cost-effective delivery of projects and reduce our carbon footprint.

"Despite the economic uncertainty, it is clear to me that development, research and conservation projects must and will go forward in the South West."

The Innovation Centre is home to over 30 knowledge-based businesses benefiting from access to the expertise of researchers at the university.

Centre director Robin Jackson said: "We are delighted to welcome Ecosulis and hope we can assist it with its expansion across the South West."

An employee-owned company, Ecosulis is involved in projects across the country, covering sectors like residential, education, commercial and energy.

These include large-scale projects such as the White Rock development in Torbay and research projects like monitoring the state Sites of Special Scientific Interest for Natural England. Clients range from local councils and the Forestry Commission to major housebuilders like Persimmon Homes and energy companies including E.ON UK.

Consulting services include wildlife surveys for such species as bats, dormice, badgers, otters, wintering and breeding birds and great crested newts.

Its experts have been advising on a scheme to install two gas pipelines at RNAS Yeovilton, undertaking ecological surveys of the proposed route and immediate surroundings.

Ecosulis offers ecological contracting and landscaping services like wildlife fencing, vegetation clearance, wetland creation and landscape planting, while its ecologists are also undertaking cutting-edge research into biomass, biodiversity assessment and ecosystem services.