About us

Spires Ecology Ltd was founded in 2014 by Dr Merryl Gelling.

Merryl is a Chartered Ecologist (CEcol), member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environment Managers (MCIEEM), and a member of the IUCN Reintroduction Specialist Group.

In her consultancy work she specialises on protected mammal species, from survey work through to the design and implementation of mitigation works, with much of her work focusing on bats, badgers, dormice, otter and water voles. She has a particular specialism in the design and execution of translocation and reintroduction projects involving protected mammals.

With a strong background in applied research, Merryl also works part-time at the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Oxford University as a Post-doc Researcher, sits on Council for the Mammal Society, and was the founder and inaugural Chair of the Oxfordshire Mammal Group where she now continues to act on the committee.

Spires Ecology Ltd relies on a team of colleagues as required for any specific job. Each bring their own unique combination of skills and insights to the scheme, ensuring that we provide knowledgeable personnel and the most innovative, cost-effective and timely ecological solutions for your project.

Associate: Dr Amanda Lloyd MCIEEM

Amanda works closely with Merryl on much of our work. She has over fifteen years practical experience of wild mammal surveying in the UK and is an experienced bat surveyor, holding a level 2 Natural England Bat Survey Licence as well as dormouse and great crested newt Natural England licences. A significant portion of her work now focuses on advising on suitable mitigation for protected species in development projects. She is currently the chair and dormouse officer for Berkshire Mammal Group.