• to help clients navigate the world of ecological compliance
• to provide sustainable solutions to mitigate the environmental impact of development
Marcus has over 25 years' experience as an ecologist and has owned and managed the award-winning business of MKA Ecology since 1998. He brings to the business his excellent and broad knowledge of British habitats and protected species, his expertise and skill in working alongside professionals of all disciplines on complex projects and a determination to deliver service of the highest quality as efficiently as possible. Marcus has extensive overseas ecological experience, having worked and traveled extensively in South East Asia, Australasia and Africa. He has over ten years’ experience as a wildlife tour leader, specializing in Madagascar, but also taking groups to many other destinations across four continents including leading the first extended wildlife tour into Rwanda since the 1994 genocide. Marcus has helped develop wildlife tour itineraries for several clients and has a great understanding of international eco-tourism.
Providing professional ecological services on projects as diverse as long-term gravel extraction, landfill and recreational landscaping, through pipelines and motorway widening to habitat creation for the grounds of a new hotel development has helped him build a portfolio of skills. He is client focused and committed to finding workable solutions and, where possible, to adding value.
Will has developed an excellent understanding of British wildlife, ecology and conservation whilst working for a local Wildlife Trust and MKA Ecology. He has taken part in and managed a wide range of projects involving several taxonomic groups including amphibians, bats, birds, protected mammals, reptiles and vascular plants. These surveys have supported a variety of projects such as wind farm developments, major road schemes, barn renovations, BREEAM assessments, European protected species licence applications and large housing developments. Will currently holds Great Crested Newt and bat licences.
Jane Kohler was a practicing commercial solicitor in a major international law firm, managing a team of junior lawyers until 2004, when she joined MKA Ecology as a practice manager. She brings the skills she developed working at a high level in a successful and professional organization to the management of the business. She is responsible for aspects of the business as diverse as the accounting function, personnel, operational procedures, regulatory compliance and quality control.
Since beginning working at MKA Ecology in May 2015, Zoë has continued to gain experience in conducting Preliminary Ecological Appraisals, using GIS and report writing. Zoë is competent at interpreting and analysing data including bird territory mapping and using Analook and BatSound software.
Gabrielle holds a BSc in Biological Sciences (2012) from her native New Zealand and a Certificate in Ecological Consultancy (2015) from Acorn Ecology in Exeter. She joined MKA Ecology in July 2015 and has continued to develop skills in surveying for protected species including bats, reptiles, Great Crested Newt and Badger. She has been involved in several translocation projects and is experienced in the duties of clerk of works supervising destructive searches.
Prior to working for MKA Ecology, Gabrielle undertook work experience for a consultancy covering the counties of Somerset, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. During this time, she gained experience in surveying for Great Crested Newt (including bottle trapping, torching and egg search methodologies), bats (including rare species like Lesser Horseshoe) and reptiles. She also has experience of carrying out Phase 1 habitat surveys.