Trainers

Dr Lindsay Carrington BSc MPhil MCIEEM (Director)

Lindsay has been working as an ecologist since 1998 alongside conducting research on habitat creation since 2003, the combination of which has developed skills in a wide range of ecological surveys, research techniques and nature conservation management principles.  Prior to establishing Lindsay Carrington Ecological Services, Lindsay worked on numerous large scale projects, such as the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, Thamesmead Housing Development, Thames Gateway regeneration project and the West Coast Main Line refurbishment to name but a few.  Since establishing the company, Lindsay has been involved in ecological assessment of a wide range of construction projects of varying scales.  She has subsequently gained extensive experience in extended Phase 1 habitat survey, Phase 2 botanical survey such as NVC and protected species surveys, particularly bat, great crested newt, reptile, badger and water vole. Lindsay holds a Natural England licence to survey for great crested newts, barn owls and bats. She also has considerable experience in devising and implementing mitigation strategies for these species and has developed a related specialism in habitat restoration and creation through her research work.

Establishing Lindsay Carrington Ecological Services in 2002, Lindsay then began working towards her doctorate, researching methods into the successful establishment of semi-natural habitats on clay capped landfill and mechanisms by which they can be accelerated. Whilst her research aimed at dealing with constraints associated with the clay cap, many aspects of the research related to habitat restoration and creation in the wider context and translate directly to development related mitigation schemes.  A combination of experience gained through research and consultancy means that Lindsay has also developed skills in experimental design, establishing vegetation monitoring schemes and writing habitat management plans driven by an adaptive management principle.

Sophie Smith BSc (Hons) MCIEEM (Principal Ecologist)

Sophie has worked as an ecologist for over ten years and joined Lindsay Carrington Ecological Services in 2014. Sophie has been involved in ecological assessment of a wide range of projects of varying scales, from large housing developments and solar farms to house extensions. She has been involved in the project management and undertaking a number of assessments including Phase 1 Habitat surveys, BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes assessments. She also undertakes a range of protected species surveys including water vole, reptiles, badgers, great crested newts, bats and dormice. Sophie is experienced in writing and coordinating mitigation strategies and currently holds development licenses for dormice, great crested newts and water voles. Sophie regularly writes ecology chapters for Environmental Impact Assessments.

Sophie graduated in Ecology and Environmental Management from Cardiff University in 2005 and prior to joining the company she worked as a Senior Ecologist at RPS Group and ADAS. Sophie holds Natural England sand lizard and smooth snake, great crested newt and dormice survey licenses. Sophie is the team’s training coordinator and works with Jenny to line manage the junior staff.

Louisa Jones BSc (Hons) ACIEEM (Ecologist)

Louisa graduated with a masters degree from Swansea University in 2011 and joined the company in January 2014 following a number of years working in consultancy. She has experience working on small and large scale projects advising clients in the implementation of their projects and designing mitigation strategies for protected species. In her previous role she was a key member of the team working on bird surveys for large scale infrastructure projects with a particular focus on barn owls. Since joining the company she has carried out various ecological surveys such as ecological appraisals, code for sustainable homes, bats, great crested newts, dormice, badger and watervole. Louisa specialises in bird survey work and carries out breeding bird, wintering bird surveys, with a focus on dark-bellied brent geese near SPAs, and nightjar surveys. In her free time she carries out bird surveys for the BTO and FWAG in the local area.