Aquila Ecology is owned and managed by Andrea Hudspeth BSc. CAPM ACIEEM and is assisted on projects by a number of specialist ecologists who each bring a wealth of knowledge and experience.
After a successful career in hospitality and retail management, Andrea moved into Training and People Development working on NVQ programmes prior to Teaching in Further Adult Education. In colleges, Andrea taught on a number of vocational courses including E2E which focussed on getting 16-24 year olds skilled up for employment.
In 2006, Andrea decided it was time for the teacher to become the pupil and she embarked on a full-time degree course in Wildlife and Countryside Conservation through the University of Hull. Andrea graduated in 2009 with a First Class Honours Bachelor of Science Degree.
Aquila Ecology offers guided walks and tours, tailored to clients' needs, throughout the Perthshire area but with particular focus on the area surrounding St Fillans where the company is based. Through completing surveys throughout the area for breeding raptors for the past five years, Aquila Ecology is best equipped to provide knowledgeable and enjoyable tours and walks around the area. The area offers plenty in wildlife terms including: golden eagles, buzzards, red kites, short-eared owls, tawny owls, red squirrels, red deer, feral goats, otters, beavers, kingfishers, dippers, pine marten, bats and slow worms to name but a few.
Aquila Ecology primarily aims to deliver training in ecological survey skills to under- and new-graduates looking to gain some practical experience in ecological surveys to enhance their employability. Training can also be delivered to those considering a career change or who would like to take part in more practical voluntary surveys. Generally, training is delivered in small groups with basic accommodation and food included to keep the costs down. Subjects covered will include (but are not restricted to) habitat surveys, riparian mammal surveys, bat roost surveys, bird surveys and ecological report writing.
With a wealth of combined experience in completing survey work for a number of species and habitats with a number of different organisations, Aquila Ecology offers a panacea for all types of ecological survey and consultancy. We can provide a professional service to individual home owners to large developers or consultancies including an Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW) service. All work is based on a fixed day rate plus any out of pocket expenses and all work is completed to agreed timescales.