We are an independent Devon based ecological consultancy with a team of experienced ecologists working throughout the south west.

About Orbis Ecology

Orbis Ecology is a CIEEM Registered Practice, which is a benchmark of quality in our industry. We champion high professional standards, operating with integrity and skill. Our clients, decision makers (e.g, Local Planning Authority) and statutory bodies will be confident in our collective competence and high standards.

We are a small consultancy, with four full time Ecologists, one seasonal assistant and Office Manager, Emma who will be your first point of contact when you email or phone us. All of our ecologists are members of CIEEM and work within the Chartered Institute's code of professional conduct when undertaking ecological work.

Meet The Team

Bryony Gillett

Billie (Bryony) Gillett MSc MCIEEM

Director/Principal Ecologist

Billie is one of our Principal Ecologists, having worked as an Ecological Consultant since 2009, gaining her bat licence in 2011. Billie recently qualified as an Accredited Bat Consultant under Natural England's new licencing scheme, Bat Earned Recognition (BER).

This means her skill and expertise in bat ecology and mitigation design is recognised by the licencing body (Natural England) and she can therefore use the new, streamlined Site Registration process for most bat licencing requirements.

Oliver Chope

Oliver Chope CBiol MCIEEM

Director/Principal Ecologist

Oliver is a Principal Ecologist, having worked as an ecological consultant since 2010. He also worked in ecological consultancy in the Far East, based in Hong Kong from 1990 to 1995. He holds a Natural England Level 2 Bat Licence and has extensive experience of planning and carrying out bat surveys.

Recently Oliver has been concentrating on habitat surveys and the transition to using the UK Habitats Classification. He is fully trained in the use of the UK Habitats Classification system and the Defra Statutory Biodiversity Metric. He is experienced in all aspects of the Biodiversity Net Gain process, including BNG baseline surveys for developments and offsite providers/habitat banks, and designing for BNG within developments.

He advises landowners who wish to sell BNG credits from their land on their best options and produces Habitat Management and Monitoring Plans (HMMP) to accompany eventual site registration.

Bryony Wilgar-Jones

Bryony Wilgar-Jones MSc Qualifying Member CIEEM


Bryony joined Orbis in 2021 as an Assistant Ecologist and has since gained her Level 1 Bat licence and is working towards Level 2. Bryony is now an Ecologist at Orbis, so is responsible for more complex and challenging projects.

Bryony graduated with a Masters in Biological Science in 2018, where she researched the evolution of cobras. Bryony has worked in the ecology sector for the past 6 years, and has experience in planning and undertaking bat surveys, reptile surveys and writing ecological reports.

Amber Morgan

Amber Morgan MSci Qualifying Member CIEEM


Amber joined Orbis in 2022 as an Assistant Ecologist with her Level 1 Dormouse licence and has since gained her Level 1 Bat licence. Amber is now an Ecologist at Orbis, so is responsible for more complex and challenging projects.

Amber graduated with a first-class MSci Zoology degree in 2022, where she researched human-wildlife conflict. Amber has worked in the ecology sector for the past 6 years and has experience in planning and undertaking ecological surveys and writing ecological reports. She has a particular interest in bats and is currently working towards her Level 2 Bat licence.

Emma Frewin

Emma Frewin

Office Manager

Emma joined the Orbis team in 2020 in a part-time admin role, since then both her role and responsibilities have grown. Emma is now our office manager and will likely be your first point of contact at Orbis and the 'go to' for questions, project queries and any admin related matters.

Whilst Emma comes from an administrative background, she has taken a keen interest in ecology and can often be found helping out on bat surveys during the busy summer season, as well as in the Orbis office!

Seasonal Assistant

Coming Soon

Seasonal Assistant