We are a team of Ecologists located in East Cheshire. We work across the UK undertaking ecological survey work, producing detailed technical reports and providing specialist advice in relation to ecological issues.

Our services include protected and notable species survey, licencing and mitigation; habitat and vegetative surveys, habitat creation schemes and habitat management.

We aim to find cost effective and pragmatic solutions within the legal framework whilst enabling wildlife to flourish.


    • Neil Lee-Gallon

      Neil Lee-Gallon

      Technical Director

    • Marcella Lee-Gallon

      Marcella Lee-Gallon

      Office Manager

    • Kelly Lomas

      Kelly Lomas

      Principal Ecologist


NLG Ecology offer a range of quality ecological services that can be incorporated into your plans, tailored to your individual requirements for a successful outcome.

Our services include:

  • Preliminary Ecological Assessments
  • Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey
  • Protected and Notable Species Survey
  • Tree Surveys to BS 5837
  • Ecological Impact Assessment
  • Protected Species Licence Applications and Mitigation
  • Habitat Management Plans
  • Creation and Management of Habitats
  • Species and Habitat Monitoring

We provide specialist expertise for Protected Species including:

Tree Surveys

NLG Ecology Ltd also deals with matters relating to trees, specialising in tree surveys and arboricultural implication studies relating to planning and conservation. Our specific services include:

  • Tree Surveys using British Standard BS5837:2012 for planning applications
  • Arboricultural Implication Studies
  • Arboricultural Method Statements
  • Planning for the creation of new woodlands
  • Management plans for existing woodlands
  • Veteran trees survey and assessment
  • Combined assessments to include bat roosts in trees

Clients who benefit from NLG Ecology Ltd's expert services include:


What our clients say about our work:

  • NLG Ecology has successfully supported delivery of the United Utilities capital programme for over five years. The range of work includes multiple fast turn-around simple projects and large complex development proposals affecting our customers and those where International species or habitats and environmental stakeholders have consenting inputs. The services provided for survey and reporting are technically proficient, proactive yet responsive with clarity, attention to detail and efficient un-fussy focussed delivery on cost and time. The services range from highly practical up to provisioning environmental impact assessments. We have been able to see consistent improvement and some diversification of service which offers potential for future improvement.

    Brian Tollitt Environment and Sustainability
    Engineering and Capital Delivery
    United Utilities

  • NLG provides a consistently high level of client-focussed ecology services to Network Rail infrastructure projects. NLG is a preferred supplier given it has demonstrated an ability to consider and incorporate challenging client milestones whilst simultaneously complying with legal requirements and consulting and negotiating effectively with Natural England. NLG has a solution-based philosophy but will always guide the client clearly on legal requirements. All required fieldwork is completed diligently and report writing is clear with any ecology licence requirements completed and licences acquired in good time.

    Jim Pearson Environment Specialist
    Network Rail


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NLG Ecology Ltd
Unit B1.1
Clarence Mill
SK10 5JZ

Call: 01625 560 789
Email: info@nlgecology.com

Neil Lee-Gallon

Principal Ecological and Managing Director

Neil established NLG Ecology in 2008 and has over 26 years working experience within the field of Ecology and Countryside Management. He has experience of working in both the public and private sectors, including project management of large infrastructure and utility projects from design through construction, medium and small scale schemes, habitat management and habitat creation. Neil specialises in habitat, vegetative, protected and notable faunal species ecology and mitigation; holds and has held survey and mitigation licences for a range of protected species including bats, great crested newt, white clawed crayfish, otter, water vole, sand lizard, natterjack toad and barn owl. He is a registered consultant under the Natural England Mitigation Class Licence scheme for badger, and low impact works in repect of bats, great crested newt and white clawed crayfish.

This experience as a professional ecologist is enhanced through previous roles as a Countryside Ranger resulting in a pragmatic and practical approach to ecology and nature conservation. Neil has worked throughout the UK, for the United States Forest Service and the Department of Conservation, New Zealand.

Neil is a Chartered Environmentalist and full member of CIEEM, holds PTS for rail competence, a CSCS card and is a NPTC qualified tree climber.

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Marcella Lee-Gallon

Office Manager

Marcella has over ten years' experience working in senior administration roles in a variety of sectors including academia and event management. Her extensive organisational and HR skills are an asset to our expanding business. More recently she was a secondary school teacher and primary outdoor education leader, and her teaching expertise is used to enhance our in-house training programmes.

Marcella project manages survey and logistics. She ensures NLG Ecology Ltd employees meet industry standard competences and accreditation for regulatory requirements, particularly as Sentinel Co-ordinator for our Network Railwork and utility clients. Marcella's role includes co-ordinating our Risk Assessment and Method Statement methodlogies and procedures.

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Kelly Lomas

Senior Ecologist

Kelly has proven project management experience for large projects. She is an experienced and proficient ecologist with specialisms in bat and GCN survey technics and mitigation, and Phase 1 Habitat surveying. After joining NLG Ecology Ltd in early 2016, Kelly has continued to develop her ecological knowledge and skill base in a wider range of protected species including Phase 1 habitat surveys, amphibians, badgers and invertebrates. She undertakes detailed habitat appraisals asa well as Biodiversity Impact Assessments.

Kelly holds a Class 2 bat and great crested newt survey licences and holds several bat mitigation licences. She is an associate member of CIEEM, CSCS/BALI and PTS accredited.

Kelly enjoys family hilltop walks.

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Liam Fullard

Ecologist and Senior GIS Technican

Liam began his ecological career as a student placement with NLG Ecology Ltd several years ago. He is always been a keen ornathologist, and built on this skills to gain his first class degree. He has developed his expertise and knowledge developing robust survey and mitigation skills of a range of protected species, in particular badger and GCN. He has gained a Natural England GCN Licence, PTS railwork and CSCS/BALI accreditation. Liam's ideal day is road cycling in Europe.

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Ewa Tomalak

Assistant Ecologist

Ewa joined NLG Ecology Ltd with specialism in auqatic invertebrates after studying in Europe, and has recently expanded her experience in surveying and mitigation of amphibians, now working to gain accreditation for water voles and other protected species. Ewa is PTS railwork and CSCS/BALI accredited. Her ideal day would be investigating riparian species in water courses, and mushroom hunting along with her beloved dog.

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Rowena Tylden-Pattenson

Assistant Ecologist

Following achieving her MSc, Rowena has gained amphibian survey experience before joining the NLG Ecology team. Her passion is for ornithology and she wishes to widen her range of experience and work towards gaining protected species licences. She is PTS railwork and CSCS/BALI accredited.

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Ryan Docherty


Rebecca joined NLG Ecology Ltd in 2017 to assist with ecological surveys, reporting and site based ecological clerk of works.

At NLG Ecology Ltd, Rebecca leads field surveys, analysis and processing of data and reporting. Having gained a Natural England bat licence, she is working towards gaining a great crested newt survey licence. Rebecca is a graduate member to CIEEM, PTS railwork and CSCS/BALI accreditation.

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Sally Conyers


Sally joined the NLG Ecology Ltd team to lead ecological surveys, reporting and site based ecological clerk of works.

At NLG Ecology Ltd, Sally undertakes a variety of protected species field surveys, and habitat surveys, analysis and processing of data and reporting to clients. Having gained a Natural England GCN licence. Sally is associated member of CIEEM, PTS railwork and CSCS/BALI accreditation.

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Laura Kershaw

Ecologist and GIS Technician

Laura joined the NLG Ecology Ltd team to lead ecological surveys, reporting and site based ecological clerk of works. Laura is a member of our mapping team also.

At NLG Ecology Ltd, Laura undertakes a variety of protected species field surveys, and habitat surveys, analysis and processing of data and reporting to clients. Having gained a Natural England bat Class 1 licence. Laura is PTS railwork and CSCS/BALI accreditation.

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