Arcadian Ecology and Consulting is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.  We offer professional ecological, farm advice and contracting services to help you to deliver your conservation requirements, aims and objectives.

Arcadian is named after the ecological school of thought that advocates a harmonious relationship between humans and nature, and was subscribed to by Gilbert White, the Hampshire-born naturalist of world renown.

Arcadian shares the Trust’s mission to create living landscapes and secure living seas, by championing wildlife, demonstrating how nature works, and inspiring people.


Why work with us?

Tailor-made service –  From a one-off site visit for a privately owned pond to a full management plan with annual monitoring on a large estate, we offer a complete and bespoke service based on your needs.

We are land managers –  We not only have experience of working with a range of land owners but also managing and surveying our own nature reserves. This all adds up to years of hands on conservation experience and a service that you can trust.

Proven competency –  Our team of ecologists and farm advisors are members of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) and Arcadian is a member of the Association of Wildlife Trust Consultancies (AWTC).

Supporting conservation –  All profits from our consulting work are donated back to the charity to support conservation in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.


Our Values

Arcadian Ecology and Consulting shares and fully embraces the vision, values and objectives of Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.  Underpinning our business are our core values that define our character, our commitment, and our culture, and will ensure that we succeed in achieving our vision;

Passion:  we care passionately about all wildlife – we believe that a healthy environment rich in wildlife is essential for a sustainable future, and we inspire others to feel the same

Integrity:  we are responsible, dedicated, professional, trustworthy and accountable

Respect:  we value the contribution and knowledge of others and strive to work in partnership wherever possible

Independence:  we stand up for what we believe in and we do not compromise our principles

Expertise:  local knowledge and experience at grass roots level is our key strength and we draw on this local knowledge from across the country under the umbrella of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts

Excellence:  achieving excellence in all we do will deliver the best outcome for wildlife and our clients

Our Team

John Durnell

Contracts Manager

John is a project and team manager with over 20 years experience.  John has overseen large scale conservation restoration and habitat management projects working with multiple stakeholders and contractors.

Alison Cross

Principal Farm Advisor

Alison has over 15 year experience in the conservation sector, in particular, working with farmers to find practical solutions for reversing wildlife declines, within the context of their successful farm business. Alison now leads on developing and delivering our farm advice service; this includes Countryside Stewardship, Greening and Cross Compliance, bespoke farm conservation plans and resource protection.

Deborah Whitfield

Consultancy Manager

As consultancy manager, Deborah is responsible for the day-to-day running of Arcadian’s ecology services. Deborah has worked in conservation for 13 years and is an experienced project manager, delivering high profile and strategic projects. Deborah specialises in GIS and is passionate about both data analysis and nature conservation.