About Orbis Ecology

We are an independent Devon based ecological consultancy with a team of experienced ecologists working throughout the south west. We are committed to helping you achieve your project aims by providing a cost effective, and environmentally sensitive approach.

Our ecologists are members of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) and adhere to their Code of Professional Conduct, British Standard BS42020 and best practice guidelines. We provide a full range of protected and priority species and habitat surveys, specialising in ecological impact assessment, licensing, mitigation and biodiversity net gain.

Our Team

Bryony Gillett MSc MCIEEM

Bryony Gillet Chartered Ecologist Orbis Ecology Devon

Director/Senior Ecologist

Bryony Gillett has worked in the conservation sector for almost 20 years in a range of roles both in the UK and overseas. Before becoming an ecological consultant, Bryony spent time in Borneo, Bolivia and Costa Rica working with primates.

After gaining her MSc, Bryony began working as an ecological consultant in 2010. Since this time, she has developed her skills and expertise particularly with bat ecology, behaviour and conservation.

Bryony is experienced in developing bat mitigation and writing European Protected Species Licence applications, she also is experienced in conducting  various other ecological services such as Ecological Impact Assessments, Phase I Habitat Surveys and Ecological Appraisals.


Oliver Chope CBiol MCIEEM

Oliver Chope Chartered Ecologist Orbis Ecology Devon


Oliver has worked in ecological consultancy since the mid-1990’s, when he was based in Hong Kong prior to the return of the territory to China. During this time he was involved in assessing the ecological impacts of, amongst other things, projects associated with the construction of the new Chep Lap Kok airport, flood prevention in the New Territories, monitoring of marine benthos adjacent to a coastal landfill site and mitigation for the loss of mangroves resulting from the construction of a new golf course.

Since 2011 Oliver has been working as an ecological consultant based in Bideford, North Devon and is experienced in all aspects of Preliminary Ecological Appraisal, including Phase 1 habitat and protected species surveys,  including extensive experience of bat surveys and the design of mitigation proposals.


Bryony Wilgar-Jones MSc Qualifying Member CIEEM

Bryony Jones Assistant Ecologist South Devon


Bryony Wilgar-Jones has worked in the ecology sector for the past 4 years, gaining experience in protected species surveys and report writing.

After graduating with a first-class degree in Zoology in 2016, she went on to do a MScRes in Biological Science in 2018, researching the evolution of cobras.

Bryony has been involved in voluntary conservation work for the past 8 years and is an active member of the local Reptile and Amphibian Group. 


Amber Morgan MSci Qualifying Member CIEEM

Amber Morgan Ecologist South Devon

Assistant Ecologist

Amber Morgan graduated from Exeter University (Penryn Campus) with a first-class MSci in Zoology in 2022. Bringing her previous ecological survey experience Amber started as a seasonal assistant ecologist with us in early 2022 and she is now a much valued full-time member of the Orbis Ecology team.

Amber has been gaining lots of experience in protected species surveys, report writing but her first love is definitely the bat surveys. Amber also volunteers weekly at a local wildlife shelter and is a marine mammal medic.


Emma Frewin (and Bess the office dog)

Office Manager

Emma Frewin joined Orbis Ecology in 2020 as a part-time admin help. Since then Emma’s role within the Orbis Team has grown somewhat, she is now our Office Manager and go to for all questions, queries, and office related matters.

Emma comes from an administrative background and whilst Ecology was a new sector for her, she has taken a keen interest and can be found helping out on summer season bat surveys as well as in the Orbis office!


The Orbis Team with Bess, Digger & Finn aka the office dogs…

Trying to a get a whole team picture was trickier than we imagined. Next time…

Our clients say . . .

“It was a pleasure working with you and the way you managed our needs and those of the bats was excellent, your approach to finding solutions which suited everyone is the best way we can protect our wildlife. I have no hesitation in saying you are truly making a difference in an area of conservation which is under appreciated”

Dentone Construction Ltd

Thank you for being so quick to respond and undertake the PEA survey, it’s been great working with Orbis Ecology – Miss G (Devon)

Orbis Ecology gave us a really thorough, friendly, and professional service. An excellent team who kept us wonderfully informed right from the start – RH, Barnstaple.

‘We found Orbis Ecology easy to deal with, great communications, they were prompt in all aspects of our dealings with them, the survey was carried out with minimal fuss to us as the homeowner and I would highly recommend their services’  – Mr D Jones, Croyde

Contact us online or call our main enquiries number on 01626 638042 for our North & South Devon offices where we will be happy to discuss your project.