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aLyne Ecology Ltd.

aLyne Ecology Ltd., began as the London & South East office of Acorn Ecology, which was established by Sarah Lyne CEnv BSc (Hons) MCIEEM and Sue Searle BSc PGDip MCIEEM in April 2014. Sarah quickly established a portfolio of loyal clients and the office expanded, moving to a large cabin in Sarah’s garden in Bookham, Surrey near Leatherhead in December 2018. Sarah took the London & South East office of Acorn Ecology under her own company name of aLyne Ecology Ltd. in May 2019, with Martin Roche (Ecologist) and Josh Brown (Assistant Ecologist) as the core team. aLyne Ecology is also supported by Nick Gray (Gray’s Ecology), Lyndon Roberts (Alar Ecology Limited), Sue Searle (etuk) and a team of experienced bat surveyors in the survey season. We are also joined by four dachshunds, a chihuahua, a Yorkshire terrier, two cats and four chickens, who help to reduce stress and make us laugh!


We believe that aLyne Ecology differs from other small ecological consultancies, in that we can swiftly mobilise ecologists, using the most up-to-date survey equipment, from our highly organised office. We can offer a turnaround on protected species reports of 3 to 5 working days following completion of the survey. We have a wealth of expertise in a comprehensive range of ecological survey and assessment techniques, compliant with current best practice and survey standards set out by the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) and British Standards (BS) 42020 Biodiversity – a code of practice for planning and development.


The dedicated, reliable and friendly team at aLyne Ecology are committed to delivering a bespoke service, which is within our client’s budget and timescale. Sarah’s commitment to her team and to client’s, means that she makes herself available 7 days a week to answer queries and quote for new projects. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sarah Lyne CEnv BSc (Hons) MCIEEM.  Managing Director.  Principal Ecologist.


Sarah has worked full-time as an ecological consultant for over 20 years and is a Chartered Environmentalist (Society for the Environment) and a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. Sarah has extensive experience in all methods of habitat and protected species surveys, Ecological Impact Assessment, Habitat Regulations Assessment, ecological input into supplementary planning guidance, preparation of local biodiversity action plans, mitigation and management strategies, habitat creation and enhancement and European Protected Species License applications. Sarah holds Natural England Class Licences for bats and great crested newts.

In her spare time, she enjoys going for long walks in the countryside with her dogs, gardening and growing ornamental orchids. Sarah also occasionally fosters dogs rescued from puppy farms for a local dog rescue charity.

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Martin Roche BSc (Hons) ACIEEM.  Senior Ecologist. 


Martin graduated with a degree in Zoology with honours from Royal Holloway University of London in 2015.  After working different jobs involving dogs, fish and reptiles, Martin wanted to pursue a career in ecology so enrolled onto the Acorn Ecology Certificate in Ecological Consultancy PLUS in 2017. 


He now works full time at aLyne Ecology as an Ecologist and is a Graduate Member of CIEEM.  Martin has had extensive experience conducting protected species surveys as well as Phase 1 habitat surveys. Martin holds NE licences for great crested newts and dormice and is currently working towards obtaining his bat licence.

In his spare time, Martin keeps tropical fish tanks and a leopard gecko as well as going on country walks with his dog. He also enjoys going to the cinema and football matches with his friends.


Josh Brown BSc (Hons).  Ecologist.

Trainee Ecologist. Josh started with Acorn Ecology as a work placement student in July 2018 and now continues his training with aLyne Ecology. Josh has gained experience in surveys for great crested newts, reptiles and dormice. Josh plays football in your spare time and volunteers at Knepp Castle Estate with their white stork introduction.

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Nick Gray BSc (Hons) Grad CIEEM. Senior Ecologist.

Following a 16 year career in the aviation industry, Nick completed a degree in Natural Sciences with Biology, through the Open University. With tailored support from Acorn Ecology Training, he then moved into a new career in ecology. Nick has been part of the London & South East team of Acorn Ecology and then aLyne Ecology since summer 2016.


He holds Natural England protected species licences for Dormice and Great Crested Newts, and holds a Class 2 licence for Bats. He is currently working towards a licence for Water Voles.

In his spare time, Nick is a volunteer with local wildlife conservation teams. He enjoys reading, walking, sailing and historical re-enactment.  

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