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Ben Gardner

Ecology By Design

Joined the Opendoorz family in March 2020

Play Hard...

Ben has worked in the environmental industry for over 16 years. Away from work when not introducing his children to the natural world he can be found taking pictures of beautiful landscapes and wild nature.

Work Hard...

Ecology by Design Ltd is an ecology consultancy based in Oxfordshire setup in early 2015 after the director had a successful early career working with three of the largest environmental consultancies in the UK; RSK, RPS and ADAS. We specialise in ecology consultancy and have particular expertise working in multi-disciplinary teams on both large and small projects across the UK.

We pride ourselves in providing pragmatic solutions to ecological problems utilising innovative technologies and cutting-edge science such as the emerging use of DNA sampling and using state of the art survey equipment.

We work across a range of sectors such as housing, infrastructure, minerals and waste and advise many of our larger competitors on specialist areas of ecology.

Ecology by Design is a Registered Practice with the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) with the aim of:

  • advancing the understanding and the standards of practice of ecology and environmental management for the benefit of the natural environment and the public good;
  • further the conservation, management and enhancement of biodiversity;
  • establish and uphold standards of professional competence and conduct;
  • promote the sharing of best practice;
  • support continued professional development (CPD).

We are a leader in our field and a rapidly growing company.

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    Tom McInerney

    Associate Lawyer Spratt Endicott
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    Dan Kitchen

    Partner St James Place Wealth Management
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    Andrew Prescott

    Director ISIS Medical Insurance
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    Peter Smith

    Partner The M Group