The team

Jon Bannon BSc MSc MCIEEM
Jon Bannon BSc MSc MCIEEMDirector

Jon has a comprehensive understanding of UK wildlife legislation and planning policy and is able to offer clients pragmatic and innovative solutions to ecological issues.

He is an effective negotiator with planning authorities and other regulators and has provided guidance to planning authorities faced with reviewing planning applications with challenging ecological issues. His portfolio includes complex projects requiring multiple European Protected Species Licenses and projects that have required assessment under the Habitat Regulations.

Jon is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and has a BSc in Ecology and Biogeography and an MSc in Biodiversity Survey. He is a licensed bat, great crested newt and barn owl worker and is proficient in carrying out a wide range of habitat / protected species surveys. With a background in botany, he also has an expert knowledge of the UK flora.

Previously a Principal Ecologist for a large ecological consultancy, Jon has particular expertise in the housing, road and defence industries.

Tim Buckland BSc MSc MCIEEM
Tim Buckland BSc MSc MCIEEMDirector

Tim has managed the ecological risk for developments ranging from housing extensions to major infrastructure schemes. His in-depth knowledge of legislation and policy allow him to provide shrewd advice to clients, enabling their developments to progress.

Tim has undertaken multiple Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIA) and his knowledge of the EcIA process allows him to work with clients to reduce the need for surveys and mitigation, and make significant project savings. He has designed bespoke mitigation strategies for large-scale residential developments and has managed large multidisciplinary teams.

Tim is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and has a BSc in Marine Biology and an MSc in Biodiversity Survey. He has a strong understanding of mammal ecology and holds survey licenses for great crested newts, bats, dormice and barn owls.

Prior to setting up babec, Tim worked for several environmental and ecological consultancies where he developed strong relationships with clients in the residential and mineral extraction sectors.

Shaun Pryor BSc (Hons) ACIEEM
Shaun Pryor BSc (Hons) ACIEEMEcologist
Shaun joined Babec Ecological Consultants in 2016 after having worked in the financial services sector for over 24 years.

He has a BSc in Environmental Science, holds Natural England survey licences for dormice and great crested newts, and is an associate member of CIEEM.

Shaun is experienced at undertaking Preliminary Ecological Appraisals, bird surveys and protected species surveys. He has also assisted with botanical and invertebrate surveys and has been the Ecological Clerk of Works on a large, high-profile and environmentally-sensitive project.

Shaun is a keen all-round naturalist and in his spare time can be found birdwatching, attending botanical field meetings or recording invertebrates and fungi. 

Alex Matthams BSc MSc GradCIEEM
Alex Matthams BSc MSc GradCIEEMEcologist

Alex joined Babec Ecological Consultants in 2018 after having previously worked as an ecological field surveyor and manager of the Conservation Centre at Pardon Wood Nature Reserve.

Alex has experience of undertaking a wide range of ecological surveys, including extended phase 1 habitat surveys, and surveys for great crested newts, bats, reptiles, dormice, water voles, badgers and otters. Alex also holds a Natural England survey licence for great crested newts and has been the Ecological Clerk of Works on several projects.

With a BSc in Zoology and a MSc in Marine Biology, Alex is competent at identifying a range of animal and plant groups. In his spare time, he takes part in monitoring projects with his local bat group and is currently training towards gaining a Natural England dormouse licence.

Alex Burrows BSc (Hons) MSc
Alex Burrows BSc (Hons) MScEcologist

Alex joined Babec Ecological Consultants in 2019 after having previously worked as a seasonal ecological field surveyor.

He holds a first-class BSc in Environmental Biology, an MSc by research in Ecology and is a qualifying member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.

Alex has a  range of experience in undertaking protected species surveys, including those for great crested newts, bats, dormice, reptiles, badgers, water voles and otters. He has also carried out phase 1 habitat surveys and acted as an Ecological Clerk of Works.

Alex is currently working towards gaining his Natural England great crested newt and dormouse survey licences. He is fascinated by ecological theory and in his spare time likes to keep up to date with the latest ecological research.

Agnes Rutter BSc MSc
Agnes Rutter BSc MScAssistant Ecologist

Agnes joined Babec Ecological Consultants in 2021 after having worked for the company for several seasons as a field surveyor.

She holds a BSc in Conservation Biology and Ecology, an MSc in Applied Ecology and Conservation and is currently applying to be a qualifying member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.

Agnes is a keen member of her local bat group where she is involved in ongoing research and monitoring projects. She also enjoys gardening and learning about native flora in her spare time.

Agnes has experience in surveying a range of habitats and species, including experience in phase 1 habitat surveys and is currently working towards gaining a Natural England great crested newt survey licence.