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About. Learn more about Cherryfield Ecology

Cherryfield Ecology was set-up in 2015 following almost eight years of working for private owned companies. The name Cherryfield comes from the farm that my dad grew up on in Ireland. Although his mother had to sell up when he was just a small boy the farm has always been in his thoughts. So when the opportunity arose for me to set-up my own business and I was looking for a suitable name, the formerly owned farm sprung to mind.

Cherryfield Ecology aims to provide cost effective ecological survey for planning applications whilst maintaining wildlife habitats.

Meet the team

Martin O'Connor Dip, BSc (Hons), PCert, CBiol, MRSB

Martin O’Connor Director
Dip, BSc (Hons), PCert, CBiol, MRSB

Holds licences for bats, GCN, dormouse and barn owl. He has been a named ecologist on mitigation licences for bats, badger and dormouse. He holds a level 7 institute of leadership and management award in business and management and has recently undertaken study at the University of Essex in business and management were he gained PGCert, he is a full member of the Royal Society of Biology and a Chartered Biologist. He is a member of the Bedfordshire bat group, with 10 years experience of undertaking ecology surveys for planning applications and local wildlife groups.

Cherryfield Ecology also has associations with tree surveyors, contaminated land surveyors and landscape architects if you are looking for these services as well.


  • Bat Surveys (level 3 and 4 licences held)
  • GCN Surveys (level 1 licence held)
  • Dormouse Surveys (level 1 licence held)
  • Badger Surveys
  • Barn Owl Surveys (licence held)
  • Habitat Management Plans
  • Mitigation Plans


Tanya O’Connor

Tanya is Cherryfield’s Administrator/Director and holds a level 2 bat licence and has recently undertaken badger training with the Badger Conservation Trust enabling her to undertake day time Badger assessment surveys and full badger surveys. Her hand touches every project and although most don’t see it, she has one of the harder jobs in Cherryfield. Along with booking in the projects and doing the books, Tanya comes along to most field surveys to help out. She is currently training to undertake further survey types including reptiles and dormouse.


  • Bat Surveys (level 2)
  • Badger Surveys
  • Admin Queen

Dominique Rhoades BSc (Hons)

Dominique is a Graduate Ecologist at Cherryfield Ecology. She is currently great crested newt and dormouse licensed and training for her level 1 bat license and barn owl license. Before joining Cherryfield Ecology Dominique worked for Woburn Safari Park and at the National Trust. She has spent time in Africa monitoring giraffes and the big ‘five’ (lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffaloes). She also spent time in Greece monitoring loggerhead turtles.


  • Great Crested Newt (level 1 and 2)
  • Dormouse (level 1)
  • Reptile, bat and badger surveys