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About Helix Ecology

Helix Ecology is a small independent ecological consultancy based in Somerset. We undertake site and habitat surveys, protected species surveys, reporting, mitigation and management plans and wildlife licensing for planning applications and other land-based developments.

Our expertise

Helix Ecology provides objective and pragmatic advice, delivering timely and cost-effective solutions for our clients whilst promoting sustainable development and environmental gain. Our highly qualified and experienced associates, and team of trusted subcontractors, enable us to provide a full range of ecological surveys in addition to undertaking larger or specialist projects.

Our clients

Our clients come from a broad range of private and public sectors. Helix Ecology’s small size ensures we can offer a personalised service at highly competitive rates. We operate extensively on Exmoor and southwest England (Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire), and will undertake projects throughout the UK.

Our Team

Helix Ecology staff and associates are all full members of the Charted Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).  As such, we comply with the best professional and technical guidance available, as set out by CIEEM, industry standard handbooks, and in BS242020 Biodiversity – a code of practice for planning and development.


Liz Bradshaw

Liz Bradshaw BSc(Hons) DPhil MCIEEM

Liz Bradshaw worked in animal behaviour and wildlife research at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and as an associate science lecturer for the Open University, before retraining as an ecological consultant in 2006.  She founded Helix Ecology in 2011 and is responsible for managing and developing the business, obtaining and managing contracts, client liaison, and provision of ecological services from initial surveys through to licensing, mitigation design and post-development monitoring.

Liz undertakes Extended Phase 1 habitat surveys and protected species surveys.   She specialises in bats, with experience working on a range of projects from smaller developments (home renovations and extensions, barn conversions, small housing developments and micro wind turbines) to larger infrastructure projects.  A Natural England survey licence holder for bats, Liz has acted as named ecologist on numerous European Protected Species mitigation licences.  Liz is one of a small number of Registered Consultants for the Bat Low Impact Class Licence.

Liz is an experienced radio-tracker, having been involved with scientific research and/or development projects involving microtines (mice & voles), insectivores (moles and hedgehogs), brown hares and a number of different bat species.  She holds advanced bat survey licences, which permit her to undertake trapping surveys using mist nest, harp traps and acoustic lures.  She is also qualified in tree climbing and aerial rescue, and can conduct aerial tree surveys for bat roosts in addition to ground-level tree surveys.


Jenette Howard

Jenette Howard BA MSc MCIEEM

Jenette Howard has over 14 years of experience within the ecological consultancy sector. She has extensive practice of managing, co-ordinating and participating in projects varying from private home renovations to larger scale projects, including a wide variety of Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIAs) on a large-scale housing schemes, mineral extraction sites and major water transfer operations.  Jenette holds current Natural England survey licences for bats, dormice, great crested newts and white-clawed crayfish; and has acted as named ecologist on numerous Natural England European Protected Species mitigation licences.  She is a Registered Consultant for the Bat Low Impact Class Licence.

Alison Johnson BSc MCIEEM

Alison Johnson worked as a species advisor and SAC Project Officer for the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) before becoming an ecological consultant in 2002.  Alison holds Natural England (NE) and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) survey licences for bats and great crested newts, and held CCW & NNR survey licences for otters and water voles when such were required by these agencies.  She is licensed to capture bats using harp traps, mist nest and acoustic lures, and has extensive experience working on projects requiring advanced bat survey techniques.  She has radio-tracked a wide variety of bat species during the course of research and development projects, including road and airport infrastructure schemes.

Helix Ecology on Twitter

Have a stiff neck from counting 642 soprano pipistrelles out of one roost - 45 minutes of squabbling before they were all out! (The 100+ common pipistrelles using the other end of the building seem to have moved on.) Biggest pip roost I have personally encounted in Somerset.

- July 19, 2018

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Brandish Street Cottage
Brandish Street
Allerford, Minehead
Somerset, TA24 8HR

T 01643 862 318  E