Consultant Ecologist

Denis J Vickers BSc(Hons), FLS, CBiol, MRSB, MCIEEM

Project Experience

Below is a cross-section of the projects undertaken:-

Denis J Vickers coordinated and participated in an Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA) of Hainault Ancient Forest in colaboration with Salix Ecology, Mostly Bats and Make Natural Ltd. CLIENT: London Borough of Redbridge. The work includes a review of the site's physical attributes, history and biodiverisity as well as surveys of invertebrates, protected species, priority habitats and a woodland assessment. An interim report has been complete for the client, the final report is due in summer 2018.

Biodiversity Survey of Barking and Dagenham in partnership with Salix Ecology - CLIENT: London Borough of Barking & Dagenham. A resurvey and analysis of all the borough's Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCs).

BREEAM and CfSH Surveys & Reports - CLIENTS: have included Wandsworth Borough Council, Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure and private companies & individuals in Bexley, Camden, Richmond, Hounslow, Hillingdon, Greenwich, Barnet and Newham

Phase 1 and NVC Survey of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens - CLIENT: The Royal Parks (working with Salix Ecology (in association with Farrer Huxley Associates).

An interesting and high profile, area with skeletal acid grassland modified by heavy public use.  As well as locally significant areas of acid grassland other locally interesting habitats and species are present.  Report suggests conservation measures and highlights points of particular conservation interest.

Conservation grazing study of Islip Manor Meadows, Ealing - CLIENT: London Borough of Ealing


Denis was commissioned by Ealing Council  to undertake phase 1 and phase 2 vegetation surveys on this 8.04 ha site in west London. In the light of survey results a grazing regime (employing cattle) was suggested to maintain its NVC MG9 grassland community  which is uncommon in Greater London (although more frequent in other parts of England).  Additionally, a monitoring scheme was devised which would guide future stocking densities and management.

Leyton Open Space Investment Strategy (LOSIS) - CLIENT: NPS London Limited (working on behalf of the London Borough of Waltham Forest)

A short-term lease was issued to the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) for Drapers Field from September 2011 to December 2012, to support operations within the Athletes Village.  The site was therefore closed for public use for at least 16 months during this period.  As a result Waltham Forest Council was expecting significant investment for improvements to Drapers Field (after the Games) and other key open spaces in Leyton (in the pre-Games period).  However, the closure of Drapers Field would result in a number of displaced users.  Therefore, LOSIS will address both the legacy configuration of Drapers Field, and possible mitigation schemes to nearby sites.  In respect of this Denis was commissioned to undertake extended phase 1 habitat surveys of Drapers Field, Marsh Lane Field and Abbotts Park.

Badger Survey and Assessment of the Bedford Rowing Lake Site, Bedford River Valley Park - CLIENT: Connolly Homes plc  

A badger survey using standard methodology was employed to investigate the presence and range of this protected species on a site which is a possible location for a proposed 37 ha rowing lake and associated development. On a scale to rival many regional parks, Bedford River Valley Park will span 868 hectares (2145 acres) to form a natural link between Bedford and the wider countryside around the village of Willington.

Barn Elms Playing Fields - CLIENT: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames


Extended Habitat Survey (Greater London Authority format) and Protected Species Asessment of this site situated just south of the London Wetlands Centre SSSI at Barn Elms.

Thorpe Park, Surrey - CLIENT: Merlin Entertainments Group

Phase 1 surveying and advice on habitat creation on gravel pits around theme park and adjacent to South-West London Waterbodies SSSI and site of International Importance for conservation.

Hackney Marsh and Mabley Green Masterplan - CLIENT: Camlin Lonsdale Landscape Architects/London Borough of Hackney

Ecological input concerning this comprehensive plan for renewal of Hackney Marshes which includes habitat creation projects and new management regimes aiming to increase the area's biodiversity.

Arun Core Strategy – Phase 1 Habitat Survey  - CLIENT: Arun District Council (working for EDAW plc)

Led a team of surveyors and participated in a Phase 1 Habitat Survey of more than 120km2 of Arun District, West Sussex and subsequently formulated the Arun District Habitat Study report.  The document is to support the council’s emerging Local Development Framework (LDF).

Lusort, Vilamoura Masterplan Review, Portugal - CLIENT: Costa Terra



As part of the EDAW team Denis undertook an ecological site assessment and had input into this short assignment.  The commission comprised the gathering of project data from the vendors Garveprasa/Lusotur on their existing and planned developments, a 3-day site visit and an evaluation workshop where, as a team, the constraints and opportunities for the project were debated and reviewed. The team comprised Costa Terra, Santander Bank, Linklaters, ERA and EDAW, each bringing their expertise to the process with a strong focus on legal, financial, market and planning issues. 


Al Sila Masterplan, United Arab Emirates - CLIENT: Tourism Development and Investment Company

Ecological input into a regional framework study and concept masterplan prepared by EDAW for a new regional economic centre.  Located in the Western Region of the U.A.E., the 40 km2 area incorporates a new town core, a resort zone, a 1000-boat sports marina, extensively regenerated mangroves, provision for sustainable agriculture, and a major thermal solar power field.  The overall development also supports new light industry in the area, and provides the basis for a new airport. 

Snowdown Colliery Masterplan, Kent - CLIENT: SEEDA (working for EDAW plc)

Ecological input into Masterplan for a variety of options of land use for a rural Kent site as part of the Coalfields Regeneration Programme.  This involves ecology, landscape, planning and urban design and co-ordination of the client's environmental engineers, transport engineers and QS team.

Conceptual Masterplan for the Heart of Doha, Qatar - CLIENT: Doha Land (working for EDAW plc)

Ecological input into the city-centre regeneration, which covers 35 hectares in the urban core of Doha. The project revitalizes the heart of the capital and creates a modern city rooted in Arabic and Islamic traditions. This is achieved through physical transformation of urban form, landscape, land use and infrastructure. In addition to coordination with economic and environmental, and engineering studies.

London 2012 Olympic Park - CLIENT: Olympic Delivery Authority (working for EDAW plc)

Input into Masterplan and Legacy, habitat design and preparation of Biodiversity Action Plan for the 2012 Olympic Park

Westfield Shopping Centre,  Shepherds Bush - CLIENT: Westfield Shoppingtowns Ltd (working for EDAW plc)

Member of design team for 170m long x 4m high living wall. This striking feature provides wildlife habitat and a noise barrier between shopping centre and residential area. Additionally, working in association with Ian Ritchie Architects Ltd., Ecological input into the design of a new urban nature reserve adjoining the Centre which adds to the wildlife interest of the living wall.  Westfield opened for trading in October 2008.

Bedford River Valley Park Framework Plan - CLIENT: The Forest of Marston Vale
(working for EDAW plc)


Ecological input into framework plan and document for the 868 ha regional park to the east of Bedford also advised on protected species and supervised wetland habitat creation


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