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Merry Anderson

Merry joined Arbtech as a consultant ecologist in 2021. She has been fascinated by bats from an early age and became a member of the Devon Bat Research and Conservation Group in 2019, working under Adrian Bayley on the East Devon AONB’s Saving Special Species Bechstein’s bat project, and assisting with research into the transmission of COVID-19 in horseshoe bats.

Prior to joining the company, Merry lived off the grid before returning to her home county of Devon to pursue a career that would fulfil her love of the natural world. At this point, she teamed up with a local landowner to create a forest school and eco-yurt campsite as a way of teaching wildlife conservation to schools, organisations and guests. She then progressed into ecology and continued to develop her field skills and experience through voluntary work.

Currently, she is working towards her bat licences and continues to undertake further diplomas in broader areas of ecology.
Outside of work, Merry is a beekeeper and has two hives at home. Despite her efforts, she admits to being a terrible surfer but is hopeful of being more successful at snorkelling

Job Title

Consultant Ecologist

Professional Experience

  • Ecology
  • Wildlife Conservation

Specialist Areas

  • Habitat Management and Restoration
  • Bat Surveys, Bat Handling and Processing

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) FA
  • Certificate in Ecological Consultancy ETUK
  • Diploma in Environmental Conservation, Dutchy of Cornwall
  • City & Guilds NPTC Forestry Licence Holder (Felling and Cross-Cutting)
  • FS Practitioner Level 3 (Tutor)
  • Herbal Medicine Practitioner, (DipHM) Institute of Natural Healing
  • Diploma in Psychotropic Plants, Centre of Excellence (Distinction)
  • Diploma In The Secret Life Of Trees, Centre of Excellence (Distinction)
  • Diploma in Certificate in Conservation, Centre of Excellence (Distinction)
  • Diploma in Botany, Centre of Excellence (Ongoing)

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