Penny and David Lewns’ backgrounds combine over 40 years’ private sector experience with a thorough grounding in conservation, academic research, training and practical reserve management.
Penny Lewns (formerly Cresswell), managing director of the company, was one of the first specialist ecological consultants in the UK, and has played a key role in pioneering badger mitigation techniques such as use of artificial setts. She has several publications on the subject, including books and scientific papers and can be seen here discussing artificial setts with Gary Barlow on Channel 4 The Big Breakfast Show in 1993 www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUvv1kcpE34, and with Michaela Strachan on BBC Springwatch in 2014 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Vol6bILPzo.
Penny Lewns is a Chartered Ecologist and full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management CIEEM and the Society for the Environment. She is a licensed to survey and handle bats (in England & Wales) and to survey and handle dormice (in England & Wales), and has more than 20 years’ experience of carrying out protected species surveys and assessments. Penny holds a degree in zoology, specialising in mammals. Having carried out the first National Badger Survey in the 1980s, Penny has a number of publications on the status of the badger in Britain, techniques for surveying badgers, monitoring populations and estimating the impact of past persecution on the numbers of badgers. She has held 400 badger licences across the UK, and is one of the most experienced badger specialists in the country.
Dave Lewns is a principal ecologist and full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management CIEEM. He is licensed to survey and handle bats (in England, Wales & Scotland) and to survey and handle great crested newt (in England & Wales), and has more than 20 years’ experience of carrying out protected species surveys and assessments. Dave holds a degree in Geography, and initially spent 10 years in woodland and reserve management; he is a qualified trainer and assessor and has completed courses in health and safety, tree climbing, asbestos awareness and confined spaces work. David currently holds more than 38 EPS licences for work to bat roosts, covering all UK species within a full range of developments and has worked on over 700 badger setts with Protected Species Ecology and other consultancies.