mbec, environmental consultant


MBEC’s Team

The ecology team at MBEC have a diverse range of career experience which we feel gives an important breadth of complementary skills. Staff have previously worked in the private development sector, environmental sciences, for local authorities, non-government organisations, Scottish Natural Heritage and in academic research establishments.

The structure of MBEC is very much geared to a team working approach. All projects are assigned a manager who acts as a key contact point for the client and they have responsibility for programming work and delivering project outputs. The project manager is supported by other ecologists in the team as required by the demands of the commission and as appropriate relative to their skill set and experience.

Dr Andy Mackenzie and Paul Bradshaw are the Partners and they are hands-on, full-time managers of the practice. They are supported by approximately 10 full-time permanent ecologists, currently consisting of Principal, Senior, Consultant and Assistant Consultant posts. Technical expertise within the senior staff group includes botany, NVC survey, ornithology, freshwater and marine fish ecology, bat ecology, marine mammals, terrestrial mammal ecology (e.g. otter, badger, water vole, red squirrel), geographic information systems (GIS), data presentation, management, modelling and statistical analysis. In addition to this, MBEC can draw on a large pool of associate ecologists, ornithologists, entomologists and lower plant specialists as dictated by specific project requirements.


Andy Mackenzie BSc (Hons), PhD, MSB, CBiol, MIEEM

Professional Ecologist for over 22 years

Andy’s experience covers survey, planning, environmental assessment, policy and environmental audit. This includes appraisal, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Appropriate Assessment and a wide range of regular technical work including hydrological, fisheries and ecological studies for terrestrial, freshwater, estuarine and marine systems and all aspects of environmental assessment, including interfacing with other environmental and engineering disciplines….[read more]

Paul Bradshaw BSc (Hons), MSc, MRes

Professional Ecologist for over 17 years

Paul has an extensive range of experience in ecological consultancy and has particular expertise in ornithology, bat ecology and EIA. He has managed, and is actively engaged in, supervising extensive ecological and ornithological baseline surveys for a number of large-scale development EIAs. These include proposals for renewable energy developments (wind farms, hydro-eclectic schemes) and over-head transmission lines, rail and trunk roads, coastal redevelopment projects and housing developments. For example, he has coordinated and undertaken ecological surveys and assessments for a number of high-profile urban/coastal redevelopment projects in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and was the principal ecologist supervising the construction of the Airdrie to Bathgate railway project…..[read more]

Principal Ecologist

Noranne Ellis BSc (Hons), PhD, PGCE, MIEEM

Professional Ecologist for over 22 years

Noranne has extensive practical ecological survey and assessment skills which underpin her project management skills and experience. Noranne has a wide range of experience across all the various stages of the development planning process. This includes working closely with planners and land agents, coordinating and overseeing the production of environmental statements and running public consultations, all representing a developer. In addition, as a consultant, assessing ecological/environmental impacts and working closely with SNH has also been an important element of her work….[read more]