With 20 years’ experience RPS Ecologists offer cost-effective and practical ecological solutions for all types of development, whether terrestrial, aquatic, coastal or marine.

From resolving bat issues in individual homes to delivering all ecological requirements for large-scale complex commercial developments including Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP), we have an excellent reputation for the quality of our work, built on the team’s pragmatic ecological approach and excellent client care.

We are renowned for getting permission for even the most challenging proposals whilst maintaining the highest possible professional standards. We work closely with our planning colleagues and other technical specialists within RPS to identify key constraints and opportunities early on in a project’s development. We are then able to devise and coordinate appropriate measures to avoid or minimise any negative ecological issues.

Our integrated suite of ecological planning and development solutions include the full range of ecological services, ensuring compliance with land-based, aquatic and marine wildlife legislation.

We are trusted advisors to both the private and public sectors, with staff contributing to a range of ecology guidance. As part of our quality assurance, all key ecology staff are members of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).

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Key Contacts

Mike Barker

Mike Barker   |   Director of Ecology  |   Send Email

Mike leads RPS’ ecology team in England and Wales, covering six offices and is responsible for over 40 staff. He has more than 25 years of ecological and environmental management experience, with a particular focus on the strategic planning and delivery of property, infrastructure and utilities assets. Mike’s expertise in these areas includes masterplanning, the EIA and DCO processes and HRA, covering a wide range of projects, notably for airport, residential, road and water asset developments.

Simon Zisman

Simon Zisman   |   Senior Ecology Director  |   Send Email

Simon manages RPS’ Ecology team in Scotland and brings over 20 years’ experience in the environment sector. With 15 years in consultancy, having completed work for statutory and non-statutory bodies, his experience includes major infrastructure developments as well as minerals, residential, energy, flood defence and commercial projects, from consent through to construction. His specialist expertise is in ornithology, including for EIA, HRA and mitigation design, and he has appeared numerous times as Ornithology Expert Witness.

James McCrory

James McCrory   |   Senior Associate  |   Send Email

James is a highly experienced Chartered Ecologist who leads RPS’ ecology team in Northern Ireland. He has a wealth of experience working on ecological assessment, including major linear gas pipelines, electricity transmission cables and overhead lines, trunk roads, port redevelopments, renewable energy generation and storage facilities, wastewater treatment plants, constructed wetlands and waste management projects across Northern Ireland and Ireland (including TEN-T Port redevelopment and TEN-E Energy Storage Projects of Common Interest).