About us

The company was formed in 2006 as David Dodds Ecology and in 2012 we were incorprated as a limited company. Although best known as leading bat specialists we also provide a broad range of ecology services, including:

  • Protected species surveys
  • Bat surveys of all types
  • Bat licensing and mitigation
  • Badger licensing
  • Phase 1 habitat surveys 
  • NVC surveys
  • Preliminary ecological appraisals
  • Ecological Impact Assessments
  • Advanced bat surveys
  • Site assessments and monitoring

We aim to apply four standards to everything we do:

  • Our standards of work should be the highest possible.
  • When we communicate with you we should be clear and succinct.
  • Our costs should be fair and affordable.
  • We should always be client-focussed.

David Dodds MA (Hons) MSc, Director 
David Dodds
David has worked in professional ecology for twelve years, after many years of research and voluntary work. He holds Bat and Badger licenses in Scotland and a bat license in England. He is a bat license trainer on both sides of the border and often delivers training coirses in many aspects of bat-work.

David is known for his interest in bat ectoparasites and has carried out research into the relationships between bats and ectoparasitic Spinturnix mites. Other reasearch has included movements of bats within hibernacula and foraging patterns of Daubenton's Bats.

David is co-founder and chair of Lothians & Borders Mammal Group (LABMAG), a former director of The Wildlife Information Centre and sits on the Midlothian local biodiversity sites committee. He carries out a range of ecology work, including bat surveys, licensing and mitigation and protected species surveys. He also has an interest in botany and bryophytes.

When not working David is a qualified glider pilot and spends much of his spare time helping his wife Rona with her plant nursery business, Quercus Garden Plants.

Graeme Wilson BSc, Consultant Ecologist  
Graeme Wilson 
Graeme graduated in Environmental Bioscience at the University of Strathclyde in 1996, since when he has worked for Scottish Wildlife Trust and for five years was Biodiversity Officer at Midlothian Council, working within the planning department. He works with David Dodds Associates part time, alongside his  role as Centre Manager at The Wildlife Information Centre.

Graeme has wide-ranging ecological survey and interpretation skills and is able to bring his particular experience of the planning process and strategic ecology to support our clients.

Amy Kidd BSc (Hons) Assistant Ecologist
Amy KiddA native of Lossiemouth, Amy moved to Edinburgh to pursue a career in ecology. She holds a degree in Zoology from the University of Edinburgh. Having gained experience of bat survey work as a member of our survey team, Amy joined the company in a full-time role, as an Assistant Ecologist in early 2019.

As well as her experience of bat surveys Amy has a broad knowledge and experience of wildlife conservation and surveys. She plays an integral role in the delivery of high quality survey work and report preparation, as well as assisting with licensing and other ecology work.

Our bat survey team
Survey Team
To deliver bat surveys to the highest best practice standards we employ a team of ecology and zoology graduates and undergraduates. 

After a rigorous recruitment process each Bat Survey Assistant undergoes a training programme before assistng us to carry out professional bat surveys. A programme of continuous development and regular refresher training ensures that skills are always up to date.