Beccy Osborn (BA Hons. Oxon, MSc, MCIEEM) – Director
Beccy is the company director and established Direct Ecology in 2008. She has worked for 15 years in the ecological consultancy sector, during which time she has gained a wealth of experience and expertise working on a wide variety of projects and species. She has a degree in Biological Sciences from Oxford University, and an MSc in Environmental Management from the University of Stirling. Her specialisms are with protected species and birds. Beccy has led training workshops for clients on protected mammal species survey and mitigation, and has held or been an agent on numerous European Protected Species licences. She is an experienced licensed bat surveyor having held a licence for over 10 years, and undertakes contract bat work for Scottish Natural Heritage. Beccy also holds great crested newt, freshwater pearl mussel and badger development licences. She is a qualified tree-climber.
Gwen Dean (BSc Hons., PhD, MCIEEM) – Senior Ecologist
Gwen joined Direct Ecology Ltd in February 2013, having had 3 years prior experience working within the ecological consultancy sector. Gwen has significant experience carrying out a range of habitat assessments and protected species surveys. She holds a Scottish National Heritage licence for bats and great crested newts, and has experience of reptile translocation projects including for adders. She is also a qualified tree climber and is certified to carry out surveys within confined spaces using escape breathing apparatus.
Callum McNeill-Ritchie (BSc GIBiol, MCIEEM) – Ecologist
Callum joined the company in 2010 and works on a part-time basis. He has a BSc in Applied Biology and is a Graduate of the Institute of Biology in Ecology and Animal Behaviour. He is an experienced bird surveyor and undertakes bird Vantage Point surveys for proposed wind farm sites and regularly undertakes Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW) duties on a number of our sites. Callum is also a licensed bat surveyor, and a fully qualified tree climber. He previously worked as a countryside ranger for Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority, and now works part-time for National Trust for Scotland as a ranger.
James Morrison (BSc Hons., MSc, Grad CIEEM) – Ecologist
James has a BSc in Animal Biology from the University of Stirling and has an MSc in Wildlife Biology and Conservation from Edinburgh Napier University. He joined Direct Ecology in 2012 and is an experienced protected species surveyor and a qualified marine mammal observer (MMO). James holds an SNH bat roost visitor’s licence and is a qualified tree climber. James also undertakes an Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW) role on some of our sites and is responsible for GIS work within the company. James is an active member of Central Scotland Bat Group and is also the Recording Officer for Central Area Amphibian and Reptile Group.
Lacey Urquhart (BSc Hons., MSc, Grad CIEEM) – Ecologist
Lacey has an honours degree in Biology and Psychology from the University of Stirling and an MSc in Wildlife Biology and Conservation from Edinburgh Napier University. She joined Direct Ecology Ltd in 2014 and undertakes a key role in protected mammal and bat surveys. Lacey has an agricultural background through growing up and working on the family farm and work with the rural payment and inspections department. Previous experience includes: herbivore density and impact assessment; botanical and peatland assessment; and a season of remote bat surveying and transects with protected species surveys with an ecological consultancy. Lacey also has experience in Mapinfo and using a mobile mapper to digitise tree information for the process of monitoring trees for health and safety purposes.
Anna Dennis (BSc Hons., MSc) – Ecologist
Anna has a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford and an MSc in the Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plants from the University of Edinburgh with the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. She joined Direct Ecology in 2016 with a particular focus on habitat and botanical surveys. With a background in practical conservation, she is an experienced field surveyor and has previously undertaken herbivore density and impact assessment, and surveying for peatland restoration programmes.
Jethro Gauld (BSc Hons., MSc, Grad CIEEM, Grad IEMA) – Ecologist
Stephanie Miles (BSc Hons., MSc) – Ecologist
Scott McDonald (BSc Hons.) – Graduate Ecologist
Brad Connor – Finance and IT Services
Brad is the company secretary, and manages the company finances and IT.
Anna Duncan – Office Manager
Anna manages the office administration and facilities, and supports the team in various tasks.
Direct Ecology can also draw upon the experience of a wide range of consultant ecologists whose specialisms can be tailored to individual contracts.