MEET THE TEAM!

Daniel Whitby
Director | Principal 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 licence (to include ringing & radio-tracking) and a Bat Mitigation Class licence.

Brigitte de Coriolis, Senior Ecologist

Brigitte is originally from South Africa where she spent six years working as a researcher on small game reserves in South Africa. 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. Brig has survey licences for Great Crested Newts (class 1) and Bats (class 1-2). During the last seven years Brig has assisted with a number of advanced survey projects, as well as travelling to Trinidad in 2016, as part of a Trinibats research expedition.

Nicky Williamson, Senior Ecologist

Nicky brings a wealth of experience to the team, gained from 15 years as an ecological consultant working on a variety of projects for commercial clients, local authorities and NGOs. She also has a broad conservation background, having worked on research and scientific expeditions in as far flung places as the Seychelles and the Philippines and, closer to home, for Surrey Wildlife Trust for nine years. Nicky is experienced in project management and site surveys, she holds a Great Crested Newt Survey Licence (class 1) and is an Auditor for The Wildlife Trust’s Biodiversity Benchmark scheme.

Annika Binet, Senior 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) and is a Trustee for the Bat Conservation Trust.

Aimee Littlechild, Ecologist

Aimee is a conservation graduate with over 10 years’ experience in the field, having actively volunteered with organisations such as Sussex, Devon and Cornwall Wildlife Trusts, BTCV and the Hampshire Bat Group. Whilst she previously worked abroad for four years as a scuba diving instructor and with marine conservation projects that focused on large marine vertebrates, she has more recently refreshed her ecology skills with CPD courses and has now been working in a consultancy role since 2018.

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.