About Churton Ecology
Churton Ecology is a Shropshire-based ecological consultancy offering a wide range of specialist surveys and advice on protected flora and fauna species.
Both partners (Kate and Rob Thorne) frequently carry out ecological assessments or more specialised botanical surveys at development sites, and are accredited and qualified (holding survey licences for key species) to ensure that their clients’ projects meet ecological planning requirements. They also survey, monitor and provide management advice for conservation projects.
Churton Ecology’s strength as an ecological consultancy lies in the partners having a combined experience covering most species groups.
Rob Thorne (BA Hons) started out as an illustrator and part-time ecologist before pursuing his ecology career full-time in 2005.
Rob has had a life-long interest in wildlife and has worked as a full-time professional ecologist for 14 years. He specialises in licensed surveys for protected fauna and holds Natural England and National Resources Wales survey and mitigation licences for bats and great crested newts.
He is also accredited to work under a white-clawed crayfish survey licence. He is experienced in surveying for otter, dormouse, badger, water vole, barn owl, reptiles and uncommon butterfly species.
He holds a certificate in ‘Biological Recording and Species Identification’ from the University of Birmingham.
Dr Kate Thorne
Dr Kate Thorne MB BCh MCIEEM enjoyed a career as a qualified medical practitioner before branching out into the emerging ecology sector in 1998.
Kate holds additional certificates in the ‘Natural Environment’, ‘Wildlife and Countryside’ and ‘Biological Recording and Species Identification’. She has worked as a full-time professional ecologist for 21 years and is a full member of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.
Her particular interest is in plants, holds an ‘IdQ in Vascular Plants’ (Natural History Museum), has been a part-time botanical tutor for the Field Studies Council, Birmingham and Keele Universities, and is the Botanical Society of the British Isles county recorder for Montgomeryshire.
She also undertakes fauna surveys and holds Natural England and National Resources Wales survey and mitigation licences for bats and dormouse.