About Us


Gareth Parkinson
Principal Ecologist
Gareth is a practical and pragmatic ecologist with a background in ecological consultancy and development planning. He holds a degree in Ecology from the University of Hull where he studied at the Scarborough Campus, with the benefit of it's courses placing emphasis on developing the field skills of students. Gareth has also attended many technical ecological courses on animal and plant taxonomy as well as bat survey techniques and emerging technologies. He is also a Full Member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. 

He has been passionate about the natural world from an early age and continues to develop his interest through voluntary activities.  These include the recording of badgers and herptiles for local groups as well as being actively involved with the “Friends of Seckar Wood”, a practical conservation group helping to maintain a local SSSI nature reserve.  

During his career at a major ecological consultancy Gareth undertook a wide range of ecological surveys. He developed a specialism in mammals, particularly badgers for which he has held several development licences. 

Maria Parkinson
Principal Ecologist
BSc (Hons), PGCert, MCIEEM
Maria is an experienced ecologist with a background in ecological consultancy. During her career with one of the UK's largest environmental consultancies, Maria undertook a wide range of ecological surveys, survey management, and mitigation works which often involved ecological problem solving on site.   As part of Hazelwood Conservation, Maria uses her experience to ensure that survey work is organised, thorough, and well thought out. 

Maria holds a degree in Ecology from the University of Sheffield, and has also achieved a Post Graduate Certificate in Ornithology from the University of Birmingham, where she was able to build upon and formalise an interest in birds from a young age.

She is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (MCIEEM). Her professional and voluntary work, including bird and plant atlas surveys, amphibian swabbing for the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), and HSI surveys for the Freshwater Habitats Trust (FHT) have provided her with a sound and wide ranging knowledge of protected species, habitat ecology and biodiversity.