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

Chris Panter

Chris Panter

BSc, MCIEEM - Technical Director – Data Analysis & GIS
Research Ecologist with expertise in statistical analysis, large datasets and GIS

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

Phil Saunders

Phil Saunders

BSc, MSc, PhD - Senior Ecologist
A research ecologist with ornithological and GIS expertise, and a particular interest in outreach and training provision.

Zoe Caals

Zoe Caals

BSc, Recreation Ecologist
Visitor survey design, data analysis and reporting

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

We are very saddened to share the news that our friend and colleague Rob McGibbon passed away on 10th November following a long battle with illness. Many will know Rob from his time at the Nature Conservancy Council, the Surrey Heathland Project and more recently at Footprint Ecology. He will be much missed.

We’re hiring!


We’re hiring

Visitor Surveyors

Self-employed basis, day rates from £150

We are recruiting self-employed visitor surveyors across England, but especially in the North, as we have work coming up in South & East Yorkshire and Tyneside. Interviewing and counting visitors to countryside sites, day rates begin at £150 plus expenses. You will need your own tablet and reliable vehicle. Download the PDF for more information:

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Contact us to discuss your project

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

Tel: +44 (0)1929 552444