Baker Consultants

Who we are

Our people are our biggest asset

Our team of highly skilled ecology consultants has a reputation for innovation but is by no means new to the task.

We are a CIEEM registered practice, our senior team includes a fellow of CIEEM, chartered ecologists and some of the most respected technical and academic consultants in the country.

Our people, their skills and experience are fundamental to delivering effective services to our clients whether you require individual species surveys or strategic consultancy. From species and habitat surveys to public inquiry expert witness and biodiversity net gain calculations, Baker Consultants can help you at all stages of the development timeline. We are diverse in skill and passion. Each one of us has our ‘geek’ specialist area and is committed to professional development throughout our careers. We develop innovative methodologies to make us more effective and challenge the profession, influencing policy and consulting with regulators on best practice.

All of our professional staff images are credited to Kirsty Prince Photography.

Survey Season in Full Swing

Our new Assistant Ecologist, Rae Smith, is quickly settling into her role now field work/survey season is upon us. Baker Consultants offers the full range of ecology surveys, so get in touch if you need advice on your next project.

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Our team

Andrew Baker FCIEEM

Managing Director

Andrew established Baker Consultants in 2009 and is now a fellow of his professonal body. Originally a field botanist, he is now an acknowledged expert in the application of nature conservation law, writing HRAs, representing clients at public inquiries and in recent times speaking on the ecological effects of poor air quality.

Carlos Abrahams MCIEEM

Director of Bioacoustics

Carlos has over 25 years’ experience in ecological consultancy, habitat creation/management and research. He has worked on a wide range of schemes, including housing, transport, and energy projects throughout the UK. He is a licensed surveyor for bats and great crested newts, and has developed specialist techiniques in using bioacoustics for bird surveys.

Gavin Ward MCIEEM CEnv

Consultancy Director

Gavin is a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) with over 19 years’ experience and a strong background in EcIA, EIA & project management. He has worked across the UK, including elite-level sports facilities, garden suburbs, wind farms and greenfield developments. He has excellent commercial awareness, supporting clients from the feasibility stage, all the way through to delivery.

Kelly Clark MCIEEM

Principal Ecologist

Joining Baker Consultants in 2009, Kelly holds a Natural England Class 2 Bat Survey Licence and a Class 1 Great Crested Newt Survey Licence. Providing robust strategic advice for clients, she would consider herself a ‘generalist’ but has specific interests in how the legislation affects habitats, mammals and reptiles.

Mark Woods MCIEEM CEcol

Principal Ecologist

With more than 30 years professional experience in the ecology sector, Mark has served over 15 years as a Consultant Ecologist and has a background in adult education and reserves management. His specialist areas are habitat management, creation and enhancement, and botanical surveys.

Courtenay Holden MCIEEM

Senior Ecologist

Courtenay has an interest in all aspects of ecological consultancy particularly enjoying mammal conservation. She assists with Habitat Regulation Assessments of projects and plans, and is licensed by Natural England to survey hazel dormice, bats and great crested newt, with a Natural Resources Wales survey class licence for GCN.

Jim Longley MCIEEM

Senior Ecologist

Jim is an experienced ecologist who has experience of working with a wide variety of stakeholders to see through small to large scale development and conservation projects. He has specialist skills in ornithology, is a licensed tree climber, and holds Natural England survey licenses for barn owl, bats and great crested newts.

Dave Goddard MCIEEM

Senior Invertebrate Ecologist

Dave started being interested in invertebrates as a child, at that time teaching himself how to identify butterflies from a book. Since then, he has added many groups of species to his repertoire including ground beetles, dragonflies, millipedes, centipedes, woodlice, hoverflies, shieldbugs, bees, wasps and ants. He has carried out professional terrestrial and aquatic invertebrate surveys for the last fifteen years.

Martin Ledger ACIEEM


Martin has been with us since 2013, prior to which he was also a seasonal surveyor for two seasons. He is a Class 1 bat & GCN licence holder, but his main passion is ornithology. He has a Natural England Barn Owl licence and is highly experienced at identifying bird species across a wide range of habitats. In addition to his breeding, winter, vantage and species-specific surveys skills, he is also a JNCC-accredited European Seabirds at Sea (ESAS) surveyor.

Isabel Commerford


Since joining the company as a recent graduate in 2020 Isabel has been involved in phase 1 habitat surveys, badger bait-marking, bat activity surveys and building inspections, reptile surveys and watervole/otter surveys. She has also worked on Biodiversity Net Gain projects, data analysis, habitat mapping, and Natural England mitigation licence applications.

Jed Weaver


Jed graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2018 and joined Baker Consultants as an Assistant Ecologist in 2021. His involvement in an Environment Agency project surveying chalk streams kickstarted his invertebrate ID skills. He is working on Biodiversity Net Gain appraisals and field surveys of bats, badgers and GCN.

Ian Stephens ACIEEM


Ian has over 10 years’ experience in ecological consultancy. He has worked on projects spanning energy, transport infrastructure, solar farms and large & small-scale residential developments. He holds Natural England Class 1 Survey Licences for Bats and Great Crested Newts and is experienced in surveying other protected species including badgers, otter, water vole and reptiles.

Rae Smith

Assistant Ecologist

Since graduating from the University of Sheffield in 2020, Rae has volunteered with several local wildlife groups, gaining experience in bat activity and hibernation surveys, as well as breeding bird, water vole, and woodland condition surveys. Since joining us, she has been involved with UKHAB surveys, as well as doing the habitat mapping for Biodiversity Net Gain assessments.

Saffron, Marie, Jackie

Business support

The business support team includes Marie, Jackie and Saffron who keep everything ticking along so that we can do our jobs properly. If you have an enquiry about a tender, insurance documentation, an invoice or marketing please contact them by calling 01629 593958 or email info@ or