About Us

Passionate about ecology, our ethos is to to deliver the very best outcomes for both our clients and for biodiversity.

We understand that choosing the right consultant to deliver your ecology needs is a big decision so we thought we’d let you know a little bit about us.

Fresh-faced, but an old hand

EP Ecology may be fresh-faced having only been founded in 2020, but we aren’t new to ecology. We have over a decade of in-house experience gained through volunteering and employment within the industry. Our team is well versed in ecological project delivery, we know our trade like the backs of our hands.

For specialist surveys and site support where extra bodies are required, we rely on our network of associates. This network comprises dedicated and experienced consultants from all over Scotland. We work together to ensure that our clients are getting the best possible results. Check out our services to see what we bring to the table.

Committed to upholding the highest standards in ecological consultancy

EP Ecology has proudly been granted status as one of CIEEM’s Registered Practices for the year 2021-2022. CIEEM is the regulatory body for ecology as a discipline within the UK.

We were granted this status in recognition of our commitment to furthering ecological consultancy as a discipline. Our team is dedicated to upholding and advancing the standards in our field.

A sustainable approach

At EP Ecology, we don’t believe in the “bare minimum”. Our ethos is to deliver the very best for both our clients and for biodiversity.

We don’t think that an ecologist’s role in development should be simply to minimise the harm. We believe that our role is to promote biodiversity enhancements in every project. This approach is highly beneficial for our clients as sustainability is one of the main premises of the Planning Policy Framework within Scotland.

We’re committed to sustainability ourselves, and that’s why we are a member of Ecologi, a global carbon offsetting programme planting trees to capture carbon and other greenhouse gases.

Did you know…

The EP Ecology Ltd. logo is based on the pattern of a male adder (Vipera berus)

Our Team

Erik Paterson B.Sc. (Hons) MCIEEM

Director

Erik is a consultant ecologist with over a decade of experience delivering ecological surveys and assessments for a diverse portfolio of projects. Since he established EP Ecology in June 2020, Erik has provided clients with bespoke advice and solutions which has allowed projects to progress, and EP Ecology to grow.

Volunteering

Erik started off his career in the voluntary sector, performing species surveys and habitat management at a local nature reserve. Shortly after this, he joined his local Amphibian and Reptile Group where he soon became the secretary, a role he held for six years before stepping down and later being voted the chairperson of the group. Erik is still heavily involved in the voluntary sector, and finds it very rewarding.

Ecological Consultancy

Soon after he started volunteering, Erik landed some work assisting another local business with protected species surveys across a few seasons. This landed him his first “proper” job with a much larger consultancy and he worked through his undergraduate degree for several other companies. In 2020, Erik decided to start up the imaginatively named EP Ecology to use the skills and experience gained over a decade in the industry to really deliver the best outcomes for clients.

Erik is a licensed bat worker throughout Scotland and is also licensed to survey for great crested newts in Scotland. Erik is proud to have become a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) through their competency-based matrix which is a reflection of his broad range of experience in ecological consultancy.

Alistair Laming B.Sc. (Hons)

Seasonal Ecologist

Alistair is a seasonal ecologist with EP Ecology and brings over a decade of experience gained through the voluntary, NGO, and commercial sectors of working with birds, herps, and bats.

Volunteering

Alistair’s experience has been gained mostly through the voluntary sector, with experience volunteering with conservation charities to complete surveys for invertebrates, reptiles, bats, protected mammal species, and birds.

Ecological Consultancy

Alistair’s consultancy experience before joining EP Ecology comprised mainly completing bat emergence and re-entry surveys alongside other protected mammal surveys. Alistair has also completed a Personal Development Award in Ecological Consultancy with SRUC where he gained valuable skills in phase 1 habitat surveys, great crested newt habitat assessment, and GIS amongst other key ecology skills. With EP Ecology, Alistair’s role is to provide key survey assistance and assessment support of the team on behalf of our clients.

Alistair is a keen ornithologist and holds a BTO bird ringing C-permit and is currently training for his Schedule 1 bird licence.

Get in Touch

Erik Paterson

Email: erik.paterson@epecology.co.uk

Call: 07786 216 918

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