Daniel Whitby MCIEEM
Director | Principal Consultant Ecologist

Daniel is the director of AEWC Ltd and founder of the Bat Conservation and Research Unit. Daniel has been a  professional ecologist for over 15 years, and was instrumental in the development and field trials of the Sussex Autobat. Daniel has radio tagged all 17 UK breeding bat species and has expert knowledge of a wide range of species, notably Barbastelle, Bechstein’s, grey long-eared and Alcathoe. Daniel provides training and advice to many organisations including Natural England and the Bat Conservation Trust. Daniel has survey licences for Great Crested Newts (class 1), a Bat Survey (class licence 1-4), a Bat Roost Visitor licence (1&2), Bat Project licences (to include ringing & radio-tracking) and a Bat Mitigation Class licence as well as being an assessor for the NE Bat licence Earned Recognition Pilot scheme registered for all accreditation levels and annexes.

Annika Binet MCIEEM | Senior Consultant Ecologist

Annika joined AEWC in 2020. She has been actively involved in ecology and conservation from a young age and has worked on projects within the UK, Channel Islands, Indonesia and Australia. Ani worked in the commercial ecology sector in Jersey for nine years, where she held the Bat Roost Visitor and project licences (to include ringing), prior to returning to the UK mainland in 2019. Ani has a range of technical report writing and habitat management experience and extensive experience in undertaking surveys for a wide range of protected species, with a particular specialisation in bats. Ani holds survey licences for Great Crested Newts (class 1) and Bats (1-4), is an accredited agent under Daniel’s BMCL, ER and project licences and is a Trustee for the Bat Conservation Trust.

Brigitte de Coriolis ACIEEM | Senior Ecologist

Brigitte is originally from South Africa where she spent six years working as a researcher on small game reserves. After moving to the UK Brigitte completed several training courses and joined local wildlife groups on a variety of surveys to gain more experience in UK ecology and protected species. Brig joined AEWC in 2013 and has since gained experience in surveying a range of protected species, and has discovered a passion for bat research despite being a morning person! Brig has survey licences for Great Crested Newts (class 1) and Bats (class 1-2) and is an accredited agent under Daniel’s BMCL, ER and project licences.

Emily Partridge | Ecologist

Emily joined AEWC in 2021. Emily spent many years volunteering for conservation organisations and graduated from Bangor University in 2015 with a degree in Marine Biology. She began working as a seasonal assistant ecologist in 2016 before gaining a full time role, during which she gained experience of ecological surveys and technical report writing. Emily holds survey licences for Great Crested Newts (class 1) and Bats (class 1) and is currently working towards her bat class 2 licence.

Ivana Murphy Qual CIEEM | Assistant Ecologist

Ivana joined AEWC in 2018 as a seasonal assistant between finishing her A levels and starting an Ecology degree at UEA. Ivana has come back to work for us each summer during her studies and over the last 4 seasons she has gained significant experience in advanced bat survey techniques, specialising in radio tracking. Ivana graduated from UEA 2021 and is planning to undertake an MRes or MSc in the future.

Oliver King | Assistant Ecologist

Oliver joined AEWC in 2021 as a seasonal assistant, before getting a permanent contract, having graduated from Swansea University the previous summer with a degree in zoology. Since starting, Oli has gained experience in a number of different skills including bat surveys, radio tracking bats, reptile translocations, newt surveys and setting dormouse tubes. He wants to start working toward earning his (class 1) Bat and Great crested newt licences in the near future, as well as improving on bat identification skills.

Lisa Whitby | Office Manager

Lisa has been with AEWC since the beginning, back in 2008. Lisa previously worked for RSPCA International, facilitating training events abroad. After leaving there in 2007 to start a family, she took on a supporting role for AEWC, she now works for Children on the Edge but still looks after HR, Payroll services, book-keeping and account management in a part time capacity.