Ecologist Team

Victoria Burrows B.Sc. (Hons) M.Sc. CEnv MCIEEM

Director and Principal Ecologist

Having worked at ERAP since 2001, Victoria became Director of ERAP (Consultant Ecologists) Ltd in March 2017.

She holds a Bachelors degree in Environmental Biology from the University of Manchester and a Masters in Ecology from Lancaster University.

Victoria’s responsibilities involve the implementation and management of a wide range of projects whilst mentoring and working with other members of the ecologist team.  She is involved with all aspects of the ecological services ERAP provides but specialises in licensed bat surveys, surveys for and preparation of Environmental and Ecological Impact Assessments (EIA and EcIA), BREEAM, preparation and implementation of various mitigation schemes for protected species and conservation management plans.

Victoria is a Registered Consultant under the Bat Mitigation Class Licence (BMCL) and the Great Crested Newt Low Impact Class Licence (GCNLICL) issued by Natural England.  These class licences enables sites to be registered to facilitate works to assist project programming, finances and bat welfare.

Victoria has achieved Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) status with the Society for the Environment.   This has enabled Victoria to be involved with the preparation of information for Public Inquiry and has presented evidence as an expert witness.

Victoria is an active member of South Lancashire Bat Group and is a registered, licensed Natural England bat warden.  She also assists with other conservation groups and her roles comprise Treasurer of Pencon (a local nature conservation group).

Brian Robinson B.Sc. (Hons) MCIEEM

Senior Ecologist

With over 4 years experience working in the environmental sector undertaking practical habitat management Brian joined ERAP in 2007.  Whilst working with ERAP Brian has focused on ecological survey and has experience in Phase 1 and NVC habitat assessment, protected species surveys and mitigation work.  Brian has undertaken and assisted with the survey and implementation of mitigation for Great Crested Newt, Badger, Water Vole and bats, and achieved his Natural England bat roost survey licence in 2011.

Brian has developed the mapping system used at ERAP and his work was recently commended by planning inspectors during a Public Inquiry.

Brian holds the position of secretary and newsletter editor for the South Lancashire Bat Group.  He is a keen entomologist and has recently begun to study solitary and social bees as well as hoverflies to add to his knowledge of butterflies and dragonflies.

Amy Sharples B.Sc. (Hons) M.Sc. GradCIEEM

Senior Ecologist

After achieving a Bachelors degree in Biology and a Masters in Biodiversity and Conservation at the University of Leeds, Amy joined ERAP in 2012.  Whilst working with ERAP Amy has been assisting with Phase 1 Habitat Surveys, protected species surveys and mitigation work.  Amy has so far assisted with the survey and implementation of mitigation for great crested newt, water bole, badger and bats.

Amy was promoted to Senior Ecologist in July 2020.

Catie Haworth B.Sc. (Hons) M.Sc.


Catie joined the team at ERAP  in 2019 as a graduate after an internship with the RSPB.  Catie has achieved a Bachelors degree in Marine Biology from The University of St Andrews and a Masters in Conservation and Resource Management from the University of Liverpool.  During her volunteer work in conservation, Catie has developed practical experience in habitat management, and established a growing interest and familiarity with UK species and habitats.

Catie has been involved with Phase 1 Habitat Surveys, protected species surveys and preparing ecological reports.  Following her excellent progression Catie was promoted to the role of Ecologist in 2021.

Rachel Platt B.Sc. (Hons) M.Sc.

Graduate Ecologist

Rachel holds a B.Sc. (Hons) Geography Degree from Edge Hill University and an M.Sc. Environmental Science Degree from The University of Liverpool.

Rachel joined ERAP (Consultant Ecologist) Ltd after working as a seasonal ecologist assisting with protected species surveys including bat surveys and great crested newt surveys.  Rachel has previously worked for the Environment Agency conducting electro-fishing surveys and water chemistry sampling.

Since joining the team, Rachel has assisted with Extended Phase 1 Habitat surveys, The Hedgerows Regulations 1997 and badger surveys.  She is also assisting with report writing and interpretation and presentation of wintering bird survey data.

Specialist Ecologists

ERAP (Consultant Ecologists) Ltd works closely with its team of qualified, specialist ecologists throughout the UK on a sub-contract basis to assist the consultancy in long-distance commissions so that it is able to provide an efficient, economic, and high-class countrywide service to clients.

Specialisms include:

  • Ornithological (bird) surveys
  • Invertebrate surveys (terrestrial and aquatic)