CIEEM's Spring Conference 2019

04 April 2019

Brindle & Green’s Owner Neil Crofts and Associate Dr Lucinda Sweet we’re lucky enough to secure places on CIEEM’s Spring Conference for 2019 entitled ‘Biodiversity Net Gain from Policy to Practice: a Transformative Tool for Tackling Biodiversity Loss'. 

The event was over subscribed and so both were lucky to be able to attend. Given the recent attention in both industry and the wider press of the decision by government to mandate biodiversity net gain, this was the perfect opportunity to explore its successes, current pitfalls and opportunities for the future. The speakers were all excellent and came from a range of backgrounds and shared differing views on its implementation and its role in the future.

So what is Biodiversity net gain?

Essentially it’s a tool for ensuring that the biodiversity of a site is of greater value post development than pre development. Frequent points raised during most of the presentations was the need for early stakeholder engagement and full transparency throughout the process.

Brindle & Green originally delivered BNG for clients with development sites in Warwickshire where this progressive County Council sought to secure its own policies in this field ahead of implementation by government. Since then we have gone further afield and consider ourselves proficient in delivering this now vital tool. If you need any support or advice on BNG then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 


Brindle & Green's Annual 'Mid-season Blow Out'

30 July 2018

Brindle & Green’s annual ‘mid-season blow out’ saw us back in York on Friday 13th July. This all expenses paid trip allowed the whole company a chance to take a break and catch up with each other over copious glasses of champagne!

Staff were treated to a night in some great apartments in the centre of York and a trip to York races, dinner in York later in the evening, more drinks after that and breakfast the following morning!

The whole trip was well received by everyone and puts emphasis on the value we place on our fantastic staff! Role on the next one!




Botanical ID Training Day

26 June 2018

Associate Director and resident botanical expert Dr Lucinda Sweet led a staff training session to allow staff to brush up on their botanical ID and gave some good guidance on keying out species.

A series of well-prepared handouts, props and plenty of vases of various samples allowed for a great morning of training in the office before we headed out to the glorious Rose End Meadows which is owned and managed by the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust near Matlock in Derbyshire. These beautiful wildflower meadows supported a wide range of botanical and invertebrate interest which allowed us to have a great afternoon in the warm sunshine.

To cap off a good day and a busy week the staff were treated to fish and chips by the river at Matlock Bath!

An enjoyable day and yet another example of the value we place in providing a good base of training to our staff, along with giving everyone some enjoyable and valuable experiences-it makes the hard work more bearable!!

If you’re interested in a role with Brindle & Green, then get in touch!



Warwick University’s Satellite Team Visit

14 May 2018


Continuing our exciting programme of CPD sessions this year, B&G welcomed two Directors from the University of Warwick’s Satellite Team who provided a fascinating talk on the role of satellites in monitoring species movement to inform environmental research on a very wide level. Bill & Julia from WUSAT provided a great talk on the role satellites are playing in monitoring species movement across the globe and the incredible benefit this has-just not from a monitoring perspective but also by informing areas as broad as the spread and possible control of pathogens and contributing to a far wider debate around climate change.

WUSAT are developing a fierce reputation for their role in developing technology in this area and within an educational platform-providing exceptional opportunity for those students who are part of WUSAT and their future careers.

 We were delighted to be given the opportunity to meet with both Bill and Julie and learn something completely different after a long and busy week!


Meet Kinzie our new Assistant Ecologist

07 March 2018

Meet Kinzie our new Assistant Ecologists…

I graduated from my Applied Ecology masters in 2017 and began work as a seasonal assistant for Thomson Ecology, from there I joined Brindle & Green as an Assistant Ecologist in February 2018. I developed a passion for the environment and conservation through my voluntary work at various wildlife trusts, with a personal interest in parasitic behaviour and their impact on the environment. Outside of work my hobbies include music, rock climbing and going to the gym



Meet John our assistant ecologist

27 March 2018

Meet John one of our Assistant Ecologists…


I studied Urban and Environmental Planning at Sheffield Hallam University and graduated in 2016, I developed my interest in conservation and ecology after producing my dissertation project on the impacts LED lighting has on bat activity levels adjacent to ancient woodlands in Sheffield, in response to AMEY’s “streets ahead” project. Having gained 5 years’ worth of experience in the ecology industry at Access Ecology and SLR, I am looking forward to progressing my career with Brindle and Green!



Sorby Breck Bird Ringing

28 February 2018

Staff from the Brindle and Green Derby office recently spent a cold morning assisting the Sorby Breck Bird Ringing group with a session of bird ringing at a site near Ashover, Derbyshire. The Sorby Breck group carries out bird ringing regularly at various sites in Derbyshire and South Yorkshire. Bird ringing involves the capture of wild birds via a mist net, a long 3-metre high mesh net, and the application of a small, individually numbered metal tag to the birds leg. Measurements of the bird are recorded, such as sex, age and wing length, and the bird is then released. Various bird species were caught and tagged during the morning, including Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Blackbird, Nuthatch and Chaffinch.

Ringing helps investigate how long birds live and when and where they move, which is vital information for bird conservation. Placing a light, uniquely numbered ring around a bird’s leg is a reliable and harmless method of identifying birds as individuals. Bird ringing is organised by the British Trust for Ornithology, and volunteers across the country capture and tag approximately 800,000 birds annually.




Meet Tom our Assistant Ecologist

21 February 2018

Meet Tom one of our Assistant Ecologists…

I developed an interest in ecology and the environment after a trip to South Africa in 2013. I studied Biology at Cardiff University, followed by a master’s in Environmental Biology at Swansea University, with my dissertation focusing on coastal bat activity in Swansea bay. After graduation, I carried out bat surveys for Jacobs as a seasonal ecologist and volunteered with North East Wales Wildlife for newt surveys. I joined Brindle and Green as an assistant ecologist in July 2017.



University of Derby Talk

23 January 2018

Zoe from our Derby office was invited by The University of Derby to talk about her experiences as an ecological consultant and gave away some of her secrets to success to current students who may be interested in following a similar career path

Zoe is a 2:1 graduate in Zoology from the University and it was great for her to go back to where it all started. We’re extremely proud of Zoe’s achievements and it’s great that she’s able to do this for others.

Well done Zoe!





12 December 2017

Brindle & Green have successfully completed their CHAS accreditation and look forward to strengthening ties they have with suppliers whom require this as part of their pre-qualification terms.



Brindle & Green's Dr Lucinda Sweet welcomed the news;

'An annual review of our health, safety and wellbeing policies that ensure
our continual accreditation with CHAS is very much welcomed at Brindle &
Green. As our business continues to grow so quickly it is important to have
a framework that ensures we meet our legal obligations. In recent years we
have expanded our range of services and as a result we need the support of
both CHAS and our appointed health and safety consultant- Hudson Safety to
keep our staff safe. This accreditation is yet another example of Brindle &
Green's commitment to building a company that our staff and clients can be
proud of and as a leading environmental consultancy in the UK.



Brindle and Green Conservation Day – Derbyshire Amphibian and Reptile Group

07 December 2017

On Friday 24th November, the Brindle and Green Derby office spent the day volunteering with the Derbyshire Amphibian and Reptile Group at a nature reserve at Hilton, Derbyshire. This reserve supports a population of newts translocated as part of the residential development that has taken place in Hilton over the last 10 years or so. 


Staff from the Derby office spent the day helping perform restoration and management work on two ponds located on site. These ponds were initially overgrown with Typha and other aquatic species, and during the day staff successfully helped to clear the ponds. 


This pond management work is designed to improve the breeding site, is vital for the ongoing conservation of newts,and better prepares the ponds for use by newts in the coming spring. The Derby office also learnt about newt ecology, ways conservation efforts can be improved, and how great-crested newt populations can continue to be supported in the future.







Brindle & Green's New Assistant Ecologist

07 April 2017

Meet Brindle & Green's NEW Assistant Ecologist


I joined Brindle & Green as an Assistant Ecologist in March 2017, having successfully delivered a £230k habitat enhancement project on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal for the Canal & River Trust. I have bird, water shrew and two seasons bat surveying experiemce undertaking both emergence and activity transect surveys.



Brindle & Green Online Project Management Software

06 April 2016

Brindle & Green have invested heavily in bespoke online project management software.

A local software company took on the challenge of designing a system that enabled Brindle & Green staff to track, update and monitor the progress of any project from anywhere in the UK. The system has been designed to work across all office locations but also remotely with staff needing to update project progress from the field.

One critical function of the new software is the ability to monitor dates that reports should be issued by.

When appointing Brindle & Green you are asked for a completion date for your project. This date is added to our project tracker and becomes the responsibility of the project manager who is assigned your scheme. This is particularly important as the company now offers a fast track service with a report turnaround with 5 working days of appointment. With so many projects being worked on at any one time, the need to constantly evaluate project progress and deadlines became ever more important.