Our local knowledge and experience
The team at Manx Wildlife Trust (MWT) offer a great depth of knowledge and experience across ecology, horticulture, environmental and land-based education & training. We have over 40 years of experience working with Manx wildlife. We provide realistic ecological solutions that work in an Island context.
With a professional team of in-house experts we are able to provide a wide range of services and our local network of contacts gives us access to the best local contractors and specialist services.
Our services can be tailored to your needs, from specialist advice and surveys, to project management, strategic planning, staff training and long-term ecological monitoring.
We provide free quotations for work and all delivery includes the supply of a detailed report. MWT are able to offer a 20% discount to charitable organisations for ecological reports.
We offer a range of services, including:
Whole-site and Habitat Surveys
We can conduct basic or detailed surveys of terrestrial habitats or the marine environment to suit the needs of the client. These include conducting Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA).
We can also conduct desk surveys of historic recorded species and habitats direct from our extensive local ecological databases (inc, GIS mapping, aerial photographs and detailed biodiversity records).
Protected Species Surveys
Our team are experienced in working with various species protected under the 1990 Wildlife Act such as bats, frogs, orchids and lizards.
Whether it is assessing a single building for bats or surveying a 60 hectare site for all protected species, we can tailor a survey to meet the needs of the client, and carry it out under appropriate licences from the regulating authority.
Advice for Planning
We carry out Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA) and we can advise and guide developers and contractors working on sites that potentially contain protected species and help develop an ethical ecological strategy. We can advise on methods for appropriate mitigation, translocation and monitoring operations.
We have a wealth of experience and knowledge in practical maintenance and management of the countryside and wildlife habitats, including in and around agricultural land. We can compile medium or long-term management plans for sites, or assist landowners/farmers to manage private or public land for wildlife with direct delivery of the plans through management agreements.
By using Manx Wildlife Trust, landowners can be reassured to know that they are working with skilled Island-based practical ecologists, who will develop and protect their site's wildlife interest to its full potential, whilst understanding the other operations on the land.
Site or thematic based scientific reports can be produced for policy, strategic or purely scientific purposes.
Our passion is nature and wildlife and communicating that passion takes many forms. Our highly skilled staff are experienced in many forms of communication and public engagement.
We can design, create and install various types of interpretation and public engagement materials, including information panels, leaflets and web based multi-media to communicate tailored ecological messages on behalf of landowners and stakeholders.
Creative Conservation: Habitat Restoration and Creation
We can create, restore, and manage native wildlife habitats such as ponds, wetlands, woodlands and meadows. With access to native Manx plants, we can ensure habitat creation uses only Manx native species of local Island origin.
Training & Education
We can carry out training needs analysis (TNA) for your organisations and then develop and deliver practical training and education across a range of ecological, horticultural and environmental topics. Courses could range from half day sessions, up to longer-term holistic training programmes, tailored very specifically for your needs.
We can help you in the strategic and operational planning for your organisation. Through 1-2-1 sessions and larger workshops as required, we will work with you to help you deliver your ambitions.
Our Consultancy Team
Adam completed his ecological studies in 2003, graduating with a Higher National Diploma and BSc with first class honours. During this time he was a biological field assistant in Northern Finland and a field assistant for mammal studies with the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) University of Oxford.
In 2004 Adam moved into professional ecological consultancy in England, providing professional ecological survey and reports to a range of commercial clients. During this time he conducted surveys and reports on a range of taxonomic groups including higher plants, great crested newts, water voles, otters, birds, bats and reptiles.
Since returning to the island, Adam has worked as a conservation officer for Manx BirdLife and after a career break has helped develop the consultancy arm of MWT.
He regularly conducts ecological appraisals of development sites within the planning system, designs and implements protected species surveys and mitigation plans and holds Isle of Man protected species licences for all species of bats, barn owl, common lizard, common frog and dark bush-cricket.
Dr Lara Howe
Lara has a degree in Marine Biology from Liverpool University, carried out at their Port Erin based Marine Lab where she continued to do her PhD in Marine Impact and Recovery. Title: Marine Pollution in the Isle of Man: Impact and Recovery.
Lara then worked at Cefas (Centre for the Environment and Aquaculture Science) for 4.5 years as a Marine Environmental Impact Assessor providing advice to DEFRA and the MMO (Marine Management Organisation).
Lara has been with MWT since 2004 and carries out a range of coastal marine surveys.
Tricia joined MWT in 1998 and has over 30 years experience of managing volunteers, undertaking practical work on nature reserves and writing and implementing site management plans.
Tricia carries out wildflower surveys utilising her vast experience of Manx habitats.
Leigh's specialisms include production horticulture, botanic gardens, capacity building, further & higher land-based education, management, strategy development and charity governance.
Leigh has an MSc in International Horticulture and is a Chartered Horticulturist.
Andree joined MWT in 2002 as Wildflowers of Mann Project Manager. His work for MWT has included leading a survey of the Island’s flora, working on the Wildlife Sites project and helping landowners create new woodlands, wetlands, meadows and other habitats across the Island.
Andree also works as a part-time lecturer at the Isle of Man College, where he teaches courses in the land-based sector.
Sarah Hickey MRes
Jeanette Weatherall - Consultancy Coordinator
Jeanette has lived and worked on the Isle of Man for the last 30 years. Her lifelong love of nature led her to happily accepting the role of Consultancy Coordinator at Manx Wildlife Trust last year (2020) after a varied career of 25 years including Secondary and Adult Education; Senior Management (Assistant Headteacher/Head of Sixth Form at St. Ninian’s); Examining (Chair for AQA English Literature A level) and writing and editing educational materials for English Literature GCSE and A level (Heineman Press).
Jeanette coordinates all aspects of Manx Wildlife Trust’s Consultancy work. If you have an enquiry, you can contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the specific service/s you require from our team and she will take it from there, liaising closely with you every step of the way.