EECOS About Us

About us

Since 1993, we have been operating under the ownership of Essex Wildlife Trust, providing advice and support through the application of extensive experience and knowledge within the field of ecological conservation. Our simple yet professional approach enables clients to progress their projects at pace in an efficient way.

We are based at Abbotts Hall Farm, the Head Office of Essex Wildlife Trust near Colchester. Most of our work is carried out across Essex, East Anglia and the South East, but we can carry out our work anywhere in the UK.

We understand how crucial the timely completion of survey work is, especially as clients are often reliant on receiving our reports before they can progress to the next stage of their project. The team will always look to agree ambitious timelines with clients and take pride in going above and beyond to deliver on our promises. Delivering on our promises is important to us.

We are members of “Wildlife Trust Consultancies” and operate to the standards and principles expected from the group. We have the conservation and promotion of wildlife at the heart of our core values and work with clients to achieve conclusions where all stakeholders accomplish fantastic outcomes. All our profits are used by Essex Wildlife Trust, to carry out great work in improving habitats and promoting the conservation of wildlife.

Meet the team

Lee Mathews

Lee Mathews MBA MCMI

Lee is our consultancy business manager and joined us after spending most of his career working in management roles at Royal Mail Group. Lee has also worked as a management consultant on several interesting briefs, both in the UK and internationally, working with clients to identify business growth opportunities and creating strategic development plans. Lee is passionate about continuous improvement and identifies great customer service and value creation as key in establishing successful client relationships. Lee enjoys watching almost any sport, although he is not just confined to the armchair, he also enjoys open water swimming and taking part in triathlons (small ones!)  

Pat Hatch

Pat Hatch MCIEEM

Pat is our principal ecologist and has worked with us since 2006. Before joining us, Pat lived in Ireland and worked as a researcher at a marine research station. On his return to the UK, Pat carried out a similar role to the role he has with us, with Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. Pat is one of the leading bat experts in the county and has carried out research on an international level to further his education within the field. Pat also uses his knowledge to train others in the field of bat ecology, with the aim of helping them to achieve their bat license.  

Adrian Knowles

Adrian Knowles BSc (Hons) FRES MCIEEM

Adrian has worked for Essex Wildlife Trust since 1990 and in 1994 he became the first employee of EECOS.  Prior to this, he lectured in nature conservation topics in Hampshire.  Adrian leads on issues concerning badgers and dormice and has also developed a broad interest in invertebrate ecology. In June 2011, Adrian was accepted as a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society.  He is the Suffolk county recorder for Hymenoptera (bees, wasps and ants) but, when not looking at the private parts of insects down a microscope, he enjoys gardening and being towed around the countryside by his dog.  

Adele Devonshire

Adele Devonshire BSc (Hons), MSc, MCIEEM

Adele works with us as an ecologist and joined us after working with various other organisations in similar roles, including working at a marine laboratory in New Zealand as a researcher. Previously, Adele worked in the environmental sector as field officer. Adele has a high level of competence across all our areas but has specific knowledge relating to trees and tree surveying. Away from work, Adele enjoys spending time with her two children and getting active in her many hobbies, which include horse riding, swimming and scuba diving which she developed a passion for while studying for her degree in marine biology.  

Martin Pugh

Martin Pugh BSc MCIEEM

Martin has worked with us since 2005 and is currently an ecologist. Before joining us, Martin worked with The Environment Agency carrying out river catchment surveys in Cumbria. Martin has a wide degree of experience across a multitude of areas but has developed specialisms in crayfish conservation which has enabled him to educate others on a national level and has even worked with Ray Mears! Martin has two young sons and enjoys spending time at the family cottage in the Yorkshire Dales, connecting with the amazing nature that part of the country has to offer.  

Colin Austin

Colin Austin BSc (Hons) PG Dip Arch

Colin has been with us from the outset, his first involvement being to carry out a phase 1 habitat survey across the whole of Essex, which involved him walking hundreds of miles across all the highways and byways over the county. Before joining us, Colin worked as an archeologist, his work included supervising multi phased urban excavations in and around Colchester, the UK`s oldest record town. Colin has an interest in botany across the country and has an extensive photographic library that he has developed over the years. Colin enjoys travelling, especially in West Asia, he also enjoys reading the classics.  

Hayley Dean

Hayley Dean BSc (Hons), MSc, Student Member CIEEM

Hayley is our assistant ecologist and joined us after carrying out various activities with other organisations as a seasonal ecologist. Hayley has always had a passion for ecology and previously worked as an eel conservationist with Cordoba University in Spain and is currently developing her language skills as part of a Spanish language club. Hayley has learnt quickly while she has been with us and already has her great crested newt licence and is also a member of the Essex Bat Group. Hayley is an avid rugby fan and supports Wales and England equally, she is also into fitness training and loves to cook.