About us

About Us

Wildscapes is a customer driven environmental consultancy providing services in Ecology, Land Management and Training. We manage multidisciplinary projects rich in wildlife, which deliver valuable social, economic and political benefits to local communities and the environment.

As a registered Community Interest Company, established in 2007 and owned by the Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust, all of our profits are re-invested back into the charitable work of our parent company.

We work with all sectors, organisations and individuals who have a responsibility or interest to consider the environmental impacts of their work. Our services are designed to maximise the value of green spaces for our clients and their customers, and are delivered with a detailed sensitivity to habitats and conservation.

As a member of the Wildlife Trust family of organisations; Wildscapes can provide our clients with unique and credible ecological advice which is based upon our unrivalled, in-depth knowledge of local and regional biodiversity priorities and strategies. Our long standing involvement in the development of local Biodiversity Action Plans, habitat management plans and the Living Landscapes programme; together with our quality relationships with key regulators such as Natural England, the Environment Agency, planning authorities and local communities; provides our clients with a unique insight and indisputable advantage in the local conservation agenda. We are able to facilitate constructive discussions and negotiations with statutory consultees, communities and other interested parties to develop workable outcomes.

Wildscapes services have been carefully designed to support the sustainable development of our clients. By working to build consensus between industry, development, regulators and communities, we can provide practical solutions which enable the integration of nature conservation into business activities. We work closely with our clients to ensure that our projects deliver tangible and relevant benefits to local biodiversity, eco-systems and communities; results which can then be reported and celebrated in corporate responsibility reports or stakeholder engagement programmes.

Profit generated from the consultancy is returned to our Parent trust and supports conservation projects throughout Sheffield and Rotherham.

Our team

Jon Goodrick (BSc MCIEEM)

Consultancy Manager and Principal Ecologist

Jon manages the three divisions of Wildscapes CIC – Ecology, Land Management & Training in addition to being our Principal Ecologist.

Jon has extensive experience of species surveys, in particular for bats, GCN, Badger, Barn Owl, Reptiles, Otter and Water Vole. He is also skilled in compiling and managing mitigation licences for bats, GCN and badgers.

With an estimated 1000+ hours, Jon is well practiced in undertaking initial preliminary roost inspections, designing nocturnal surveys and leading nocturnal bat surveys. He has been the named ecologist on 20 Natural England European protected species licences from 2011 to date relating to Common pipistrelle, Soprano pipistrelle, Brown long-eared, Daubenton’s and whiskered bats. His licences have covered works to small roosts, maternity colonies and hibernation roosts.

Jon has over 13 years’ experience as an Ecologist, is a full member of CIEEM and holds a BSc in Ecology. His further licences and qualifications include;

  • Bats – NE Bat Low Impact Mitigation Licence
  • Bats – NE Level 2 survey Licence
  • Bats – NE Level 1 conservation Licence l
  • Bats – NRW survey Licence
  • Bats in Churches Registered Consultant
  • Great crested newt – NE Level 1 survey Licence
  • Barn owl – NE survey Licence
  • City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award Tree Climbing and Rescue
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Emergency First Aid at Work
  • CSCS card
  • HS2 Safe at Heart Card
  • Full UK Driving Licence

Paul Liptrot (BSc (Hons), GradCIEEM)

Senior Ecologist

As a Natural England and Natural Resources Wales licensed Ecologist, Paul is responsible for designing and carrying out ecological surveys for a range of projects and clients on behalf of Wildscapes CIC Ltd. His core duties include the management of projects and survey teams, carrying out surveys and reports for developments. Paul is responsible for storing and processing geospatial information, collected throughout the project portfolio, and he also specialises in statistical analysis and bat bio-acoustics.

Paul has extensive bat survey experience and knowledge which he first developed as a Conservation Volunteer and through his undergraduate dissertation. Since then, Paul has gained experience compiling several European Protected Species Mitigation Licence applications. He has been the named ecologist on two mitigation licences, one for the loss of a common pipistrelle transitional roost and one for the loss of a brown long eared day roost. He recently gained his Level 4 survey licence, allowing him to undertake harp trapping surveys.

In addition to a BSc in Environmental Conservation and 7 years’ experience as an Ecologist, Paul holds the following licences and qualifications;

  • Bats – NE Level 4 survey Licence
  • Bats – NPTC Level 2 Award Tree Climbing and Rescue
  • Great crested newt – NE Level 1 survey Licence
  • Barn owl – NE survey Licence
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Emergency First Aid at Work
  • CSCS card
  • Full UK Driving Licence

Julie D Riley (BA (Hons), MA, Dip.RSA, ACIEEM)

Assistant Ecologist

Julie is primarily a botanist and has been working in the environmental sector for over 13 years. Julie is experienced in carrying out Phase 1 and other botanical surveys, Preliminary Ecological Assessments, bird surveys and small mammal surveys as well as assisting other surveyors on bat, newt and water vole surveys.

Julie is an associate member of CIEEM, a qualified trainer with an NVQ L4 in Co-ordination of Learning & Development Provision and a CIPD Certificate in Training Practice, Workforce Development and Training. She is extremely competent in delivering specialist training courses on topics including grassland and woodland plant identification, and Phase 1 survey techniques.

Julie has achieved a number of qualifications in the environmental field, most recently completing the BSBI Identiplant distance learning course (2016), in addition to a number of modules from the Certificate in Environmental Studies, Ecology and Environment at the University of Sheffield (2006-2009). She is currently studying for the MMU Certificate in Biological Recording & Species Identification.
Julie’s other qualifications include;

  • QGIS training
  • Outdoor First Aid
  • CSCS Card
  • Full UK Driving Licence

Adele Harrison (BSc (Hons), MSc)

Assistant Ecologist

With a BSc in Environmental Science and an MSc in Environmental Management, Adele is currently developing her ecological knowledge and skills gained through her studies and voluntary experience.

Adele is working towards a NE Class 1 Bat Survey Licence and has experience assisting with Preliminary Roost Assessments, activity surveys, harp trapping, mist netting, static detector surveys, ground-based and aerial tree assessments and sound analysis. She has been an accredited agent in 2019, allowing use of a torch within a known roost.

Adele is currently working towards a NE Level 1 Great Crested Newt Survey Licence and has undertaken 3 seasons of survey, including a population assessment as an accredited agent. Adele has undertaken standard presence/absence techniques including bottle trapping, netting, egg searching and torching. She also has experience of undertaking Environmental DNA surveys.

Adele has over 2 years’ experience in Ecology, is a Qualifying Member of CIEEM and holds the following qualifications and licences;

  • City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award Tree Climbing and Rescue
  • QGIS training course (2 days)
  • Outdoor First Aid
  • CSCS card
  • HS2 Safe at Heart Card
  • Full UK Driving Licence

Nicola Livsey (BA Hons)

Marketing & Operations Assistant

With more than 10 years’ experience in Marketing, Business Development and operational support, Nicola works across all three divisions of Wildscapes CIC – Ecology, Land Management and Training. She is responsible for promoting Wildscapes CIC services and activity, communicating with current and potential clients, and providing office based support to the external teams. Nicola will usually be the first member of the Wildscapes CIC team that you speak with when you call the office.

Steven Greenwood (BA Hons)

Conservation Contracts Manager

With over 15 years’ experience in project management within the conservation and land management sector, Steve heads up the Land Management and Conservation Contracts division of Wildscapes CIC.

Steve has an FDSc in Countryside Management and Conservation and extensive experience of estate management, including the development and implementation of management plans for farmland, landscaped areas, ancient semi-natural woodland, lakes, ponds and streams. With a practical knowledge of various land management approaches, Steve has led numerous teams to deliver landscaping projects, invasive weed eradication, habitat management and grounds maintenance.

Steve is a qualified ECoW and surveyor for invasive species, experienced in herbicide treatment, and the cutting and excavation of invasive weeds, having previously carried out projects on sites of special scientific interest amongst others. Fully versed in the legislation for invasive species removal, Steve has an in depth knowledge of codes of practice and health & safety within this sector.

In addition to being a certified invasive species surveyor and a qualifying member of CIEEM, , Steve also holds the following qualifications;

  • BA Hons in Maritime Defence, Management and Technology
  • RHS Level 2: Principles of Horticulture
  • Outdoor First Aid
  • CSCS card
  • Full UK Driving Licence

David Westley

Conservation Contracts Supervisor

Coming soon.

Access creation and improvement

We offer a wide range of services to make sites easily accessible; from building and improving footpaths to adjoining land management and installing site furniture. We are qualified to use high quality machinery which speeds up the time of creating/improving access points where appropriate.

We provide clearance of public right of ways (PROW), and specialise in labour intensive work on sites where use of large machinery may be intrusive, inappropriate or inaccessible. We make sites more easily accessible whilst protecting wildlife. We are experienced at delivering PROW works within a wide range of habitats, be it extensive moorland habitats to urban woodlands.

Boundary work and Improvements

Wildscapes deliver boundary improvements to greenspace sites consisting of:

  • Post and wire fencing
  • Post and rail fencing
  • Vehicle barriers
  • Access points and entrance gates
  • Dry stone walling

We use locally sourced materials wherever possible, enabling you to support the local economy by working with us. Our materials are sustainably sourced, with all of our timber for our fencing being of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standard. This means you can be reassured that the work we deliver for you isn’t damaging to the environment.

Grounds Maintenance

Wildscapes provides competitive grounds maintenance services for a range of clients. We specialise in nature reserves, schools, neighbourhood parks and housing landscapes, bringing real quality to some of the most challenging urban locations. Our experience of involving users results in a safer and better-valued outdoor environment.

Conservation Management

We work with landowners who are required to manage their landholdings to Local Wildlife Sites, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) or Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) standards, and with conservation organisations implementing enhancement or restoration works. Our experience includes woodland, wetland, meadows and heathland management, as well as maintenance for grazing infrastructure, firebreak creation and scrub clearance.

Habitat creation and restoration

We are extremely passionate about creating new habitats to be enjoyed by both people and wildlife. To add to our passion we have a proven track record in the successful delivery and creation of new habitats through our Land Management service.

We pride ourselves in constructing, managing and maintaining all types of outdoor spaces; ensuring that the clients and end-users are at the heart of service. Our team are all trained in practical land management with the relevant technical accreditations and practical conservation knowledge. Together this provides our clients the assurance that our service is safe, efficient, of the highest quality and practical to fit to the needs of users both during and on completion of projects.

Whether our clients are required to re-instate lost habitat via the planning process or are investing in local green infrastructure for employees or communities, Wildscapes has extensive experience of creating a range of natural habitats such as ponds, wetlands, flower-rich grassland, woodlands or artificial habitat such as otter holts, badger setts or water vole ditches.

Invasive Species Control

If you’re having difficulties with invasive species our land management team can help you save time and expense and also prevent you from breaking the law.

Professional support when dealing with invasive species can save time, expense and diminish health risks. Wildscapes can advise on appropriate management and differing control techniques for these problem species, and is licensed to undertake practical removal and control work on site.   Our team are experienced and trained to eradicate species such as Japanese Knot weed, giant hogweed and Himalayan balsam, which can course serious and ongoing problems for both existing and new development.

Japanese knotweed can compromise the structural integrity of buildings and pavements and if left untreated will reduce both the amenity value of a site and its commercial value. The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 requires that landowner or land tenants take all reasonable steps to control Japanese knotweed from infringing into adjoining land. Penalties for causing an infestation can be as serious as two years imprisonment and/or a large fine. The Environmental Protection Act 1990, Duty of Care Regulations 1991, states that cut knotweed materials and soil containing rhizomes must be disposed of as controlled waste if they are to be removed from their site origin.

The Weeds Act 1959 requires that the following plants are controlled:

  • Creeping thistle (Cirsium arvense)
  • Spear thistle (Cirsium vulgare)
  • Broad-leaved dock (Rumex obtusifolius)
  • Curled dock (Rumex crispus)
  • Common ragwort (Senecio jacobaea)

These plants do have some ecological value so action should only be taken to prevent them from spreading in large quantities to other areas or, in the case of common ragwort, to prevent them from adversely affecting livestock.

Tree planting

Our Team are experienced in the art of tree planting; whether it be habitat restoration via woodland creation in remote moorland cloughs; tree planting as part of schools or volunteer day events or planting of native hedgerow or native trees as part of landscaping schemes. We have worked for a variety of clients from large scale conservation organisations such as RSPB and National Trust, to councils, including Sheffield City Council and Rotherham MBC, and private individuals.

Moorland Conservation

Our land management team have an exceptional local knowledge and as a result have helped restore some of the most damaged areas of moorland in the UK. With expert heathland and moorland restoration skills, we work on a number of projects throughout the winter months to help stabilise bare peat. This is achieved through a combination of methods including the spreading of heather cuttings (brash) to prevent any further deterioration of the bare peat, and the planting of sphagnum and other native moorland plants to create a healthy blanket bog. We specialise in delivering moorland restoration works to remote areas, using working methods that protect the surrounding ecological and archaeological valuable habitats and features.

Wild Flower ID for Beginners

This course provides a day’s introduction to the identification of wild flowers with an emphasis on the most common plant families and basic flower structure.

We will spend the morning in the classroom before heading out to a local nature reserve in the afternoon.  Following the course, attendees should be able to;

– Recognise the key diagnostic features used to identify wild flowers

– Recognise members of the 9 most common families of wild flowers

– Learn to identify a number of common species

– Become familiar with the use of keys to identify species

The course is aimed at anyone with a general interest in botany, no previous knowledge is required.

Winter Tree ID Workshop

Do you know your ash from your alder?

If you do, you’ll know that ash trees have distinctive black buds, whilst the buds of the common alder often have a striking purple tinge. 

If you’re still in the dark, you can learn the secrets of tree identification in winter with this day-long course run by our Wildscapes ecologists. We will spend the morning in the classroom looking at winter identification features before heading out to a local park to practice identifying trees, and end the day with a fun quiz to test your knowledge.

The course is aimed at anybody with a general interest in tree identification, no previous knowledge is required.

An Introduction to Phase 1 Habitat Surveys

This one day course provides the detail on how to conduct a Phase 1 Habitat Survey – an essential skill for quickly surveying and mapping habitat types.

The course covers understanding how to plan, conduct and write up a Phase 1 survey. There will be a classroom-based introduction in the morning, followed by the opportunity to try out techniques in the field in a local park.

Following the course, attendees should be equipped with the skills to; 

– Understand the methodology of a Phase 1 Habitat Survey

– Be able to use mapping techniques, target notes and create a species list

– Understand the key indicator species to identify habitats

– Understand the basic report format

– Understand the options for mapping

– Understand how Phase 1 surveys are used and their role within extended surveys and PEAs

An Introduction to Bats Surveys

This one day course is aimed at people entering or working in the ecology sector who want to get an introduction to bat surveying before the start of the survey season. The course covers:

– An introduction to the biology and ecology of bats

– An introduction to the identification of British bats

– An introduction to bat legislation

– How to plan and conduct a Preliminary Roost Assessment on buildings, identifying potential for bat roosts

– How to plan and conduct ground based tree assessments, identifying potential for bat roosts

– An introduction to aerial survey techniques with a demonstration of tree climbing and use of endoscopes

– An introduction to nocturnal activity surveys

– Bat walk in a local park, practicing using bat detectors