Why Choose Naturally Wild?
Naturally Wild Consultants Ltd was created by Graeme and Julie Skinner in 1998 and has grown from a partnership into a fast-paced expanding company. Whether you need an expert bat survey, a badger survey or just to find out about venomous reptiles, Naturally Wild are the leaders in the field. Over the last 19 years, Graeme has endeavoured to build a company based on ethical values, expert knowledge and a passion for the environment and its inhabitants.
“We are a strong, supportive team of skilled and passionate professionals that work hard to deliver quality and honesty.” Graeme Skinner, Director
Naturally Wild’s approach aims to deliver overall value and quality along with openness and integrity. The team have continued to service our major clients and have been on a variety of other projects around the country with badger work in Gloucester, BREAAM work in Cornwall, newts have featured in Teesside and Wiltshire, reptiles in Dorset and bats have also been a large part of our work across the UK.
The firm now boasts long-term contracts with Taylor Wimpey in the South-West and South-East of England, whilst also carrying out work for a major company servicing Network Rail contacts in the two southern regions.
In the North-East, Naturally Wild recently carried out ecological surveys for PD Ports and have also conducted extensive ecological survey work ahead of construction commencing on a new large-scale renewable energy plant on the north banks of the River Tees.
They were also contracted to carry out ecological surveys ahead of the redevelopment of the former Spanish City amusement park in Whitley Bay, as well as the site of new housing developments in Hartlepool, Eaglescliffe and the site of the former Tall Trees night club near Yarm. Being a forward-thinking company we have teamed up with a CAA approved drone specialist allowing us to undertake HD and UHD videos of projects.
The new Head Office in Stockton gives us two floors of office space providing four times the capacity of our previous accommodation, with room up to 16 members of staff to fulfil our requirements for the foreseeable future. Graeme, said: “Despite being proud of our major contracts in the South-East and South-West, we’re passionate about Teesside and want to build our business here. We were previously based in the south for five years and had offices in Fareham and Salisbury, but we returned to our roots here on Teesside and we’re committed to remaining here. A number of our biggest clients are based in the South of England but we’ve already proved that the distance has no effect on our ability to deliver a quality service on time.”
Naturally Wild Consultants offer ecological services at any stage of a project from feasibility and advice, through to planning, consultation and implementation. Our expert team of experienced ecologists are trained to help you get your project moving on time, on budget and in line with all current legislation. We are able to assess and interpret ecological issues to inform designs, development applications, management plans and Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA). All of our survey work and reports conform to the latest official assessment guidelines produced by Natural England and the Chartered Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).
Meet the Team
Graeme Skinner – Managing Director
Graeme has been a naturalist all his life with a passion for reptiles and amphibians formed around with conservation and ecology work with the adder and other native herpetofauna, including the great crested newt. Graeme has been awarded numerous protected species licenses as well as being a registered bat carer. A keen photographer who has travelled internationally working on conservation projects involving Tigers, Rhino and critically endangered amphibians. Graeme has appeared on many TV programs and is regularly on local radio.
Julie Skinner – Company Secretary
Julie is a highly-experienced field ecologist with 25 years’ practical experience. During her career, she has specialized in herpetofauna, working with great crested newts, adders and smooth snakes (she discovered a previously lost population in 2005). She is experienced in expedition work and is skilled in work involving venomous herptiles. She has been a bat worker and a dedicated bat carer helping to rehabilitate bats for many years.
David Pollard – Principal Ecologist
David is Principal Ecologist with Naturally Wild Ltd and has been a professional ecologist for the last 16 years. Within his role, he provides a level of wildlife knowledge to the team and input into reports and projects across the country. He is a specialist ornithologist/herpetologist. Over the years, David has gained extensive project experience on sites of varying sizes, involving a wide range of issues. He has vast experience of development, consultation and implementation of mitigation and enhancement strategies. He has performed as an Expert Witness at Public Inquiries preparing Proofs of Evidence and Rebuttals. David has lectured at a number of schools and colleges particularly on species ecology survey skills and Environmental Impact Assessment. For as long as he can remember David has been interested in wildlife both in the UK and across the world with a particular fascination for reptiles and amphibians. He also rescues unwanted reptiles in the UK.
Matthew Buxton – Senior Ecological Consultant
Matthew has worked in the field of ecological consultancy for several years and has experience of working on a range of small, medium and large-scale development projects, carrying out surveys and mitigation for a range of protected species, including bats, badgers, great crested newts and reptiles. He is also experienced in report writing, including the production of a number of European Protected Species licence applications for bats and great crested newts. Matthew holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Geography from Northumbria University and an MSc in Environmental Consultancy from Newcastle University. He first decided to pursue a career in ecology after a period of working for Tees Valley Wildlife Trust in between his two degrees. Matthew holds survey licences for great crested newts and bats. He is also a member of North Yorkshire Bat Group.
Heather Lyons – Ecological Consultant
Heather’s profile will follow soon.
Scott Taylor – Ecological Consultant
Scott’s profile will follow soon.
Karen Bell – Administration Manager
Karen is a highly successful administrator with experience from private and public sector companies utilising excellent organisational skills, IT skills and has extensive experience as an events coordinator. Karen is responsible for the day-to-day running of the office and coordinated the 2016 office move to our new premises including fixtures and fittings!
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