We care passionately about our world

We believe people and nature can work together

We work with those who share our values

We do high-quality, science-based ecological work

We provide consultancy services and training

We can act as expert witness at public inquiry

We are professional, experienced ecologists

We take pride in being a flexible, responsive and friendly team, whilst maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and integrity. We also work closely with a range of associates and subcontractors who offer complementary skills.

Durwyn Liley

Durwyn Liley

BSc, PhD, MCIEEM - Director
International experience with a special interest in birds and bird conservation, human disturbance and access issues

John Day

John Day

BSc, PhD, MRSB, CBiol, CEnv, MCIEEM, FRICS (Retd) - Director
Highly experienced project lead working for more than forty years in the profession

Fenella Lewin

Fenella Lewin

BSc, PGCert Man - Practice Manager
Fulfills a key administrative role, ensuring the smooth running of Footprint Ecology

Sophie Lake

Sophie Lake

BSc, PhD - Senior Ecologist
Bringing a broad range of experience in conservation and applied research with a special interest in grazing

Rachel Hoskin

Rachel Hoskin

BSc, MSc, MCIEEM - Senior Planning Ecologist
Bringing expertise in planning & biodiversity and application of the Habitats Regulations

Chris Panter

Chris Panter

Senior Ecologist – Data Analysis & GIS
Research Ecologist with expertise in statistical analysis, large datasets and GIS

Jim White

Jim White

MBE, BSc (Hons) - Senior Ecologist
30 years of experience in conservation for NCC and English Nature, identifying and securing SSSIs, SAC, SPA and RAMSAR sites

Rob McGibbon

Rob McGibbon

BSc, PhD - Ecologist
Specialist in plant science & agricultural botany, with extensive field work in several European countries

We’re hiring!


We’re hiring!

Research Ecologist / Social Data Scientist

Circa £20,000-22,000 p.a. depending on experience
Fulltime 1 year fixed term
Closing date: 31st July 2017

This post offers an exciting new opportunity to explore and publish results from a large and unique dataset of countryside visits while obtaining valuable experience working as part of a small, friendly team of ecologists in Purbeck, Dorset.

We are looking to recruit a research ecologist/social scientist to help collate and analyse existing data derived from visitor surveys on countryside sites and work on new visitor surveys. Alongside the data work you will spend about half your time working on a range of projects with the rest of the team, so offering experience of applied work in addition to research.

This role would suit a recent graduate (e.g. PhD, MSc or highly competent BSc) wishing to gain experience of consultancy working and a chance to publish papers using an exciting and unique data set. Accuracy, attention to detail and self-management will be essential. The ideal candidate will be able to manipulate and handle large amounts of data (including within GIS) and use appropriate statistical tests for analysis. A general knowledge of natural history, ecology and access to the countryside would also be helpful.

The role is advertised as a full-time post on a one-year contract. There may be potential for the post to be made permanent.

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Senior Ecologist

£27,500-30,000 p.a. pro rata. Part-time (full-time considered)
Location: Wareham, Dorset (home working also considered)
Closing date: 31st July 2017

This post offers an exciting opportunity to work on a diverse range of projects and some of the most important nature conservation sites in the country.

We are seeking an experienced individual who will be able to work on multiple projects simultaneously, write tenders, manage contracts, produce reports and present complex information, with excellent project management and writing skills.

Our current team has skills in ornithology, habitats, recreational impacts, HRAs, site management for conservation and common land. The ideal candidate will have at least some of these skills but will also bring new expertise that will allow us to expand our repertoire.

Please note that Footprint Ecology does not work for commercial developers nor undertake protected species surveys; protected species licenses or experience are not relevant for this post.

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We’re always ready to talk about your requirements, so please do get in touch today

Tel: +44 (0)1929 552444