Wendy McFarlane

Principal Ecologist

Wendy is an ecologist with over 6 years’ experience in consultancy and 7 years’ experience in the public, research and voluntary sectors. Much of her experience has been focused on ecological surveying and habitat mapping throughout the UK, including the Countryside Survey 2007. This involved mapping habitat types using GIS in the field, as well as carrying out botanical and river habitat surveys. Other mapping works included a Phase 1 habitat survey using a handheld computer and GIS package, along the A19 Dishforth to Tyne Tunnel for the Highways Agency.

In her current role as Ecologist, Wendy has carried out habitat, botanical and protected species surveys for a variety of clients, including a feasibility study of Higher Level Stewardship as a funding mechanism for management of urban habitats. Other projects include input into the master planning of the Canal Park, a stretch of canal within an Olympic Legacy zone, and recommendations to Transport for London for existing habitats and ecological enhancement measures installed along the Shoreditch to Dalston overground line. This information was used to prepare a Biodiversity Action Plan and a 5 year management plan of these sections of railway lines. Additional recommendations included an invertebrate and a black redstart survey and improvements to the seeded substrate beds.

Wendy has also been involved in various BREEAM Ecohomes/Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM Schools assessments on a variety of sites across London. These focused on recommendations for improving biodiversity values at each site, including large redevelopments of educational sites in Hackney and Richmond, in addition to thirteen school sites in the London Borough of Ealing, where she made recommendations for the enhancement of the school grounds. Wendy is also part of our growing green infrastructure team.

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