About Us

About Milner Ecology Ltd

Milner Ecology Ltd was established in April 2007 as an independent ecological consultancy with the aim of providing expert advice to the public and private sectors throughout the UK.

The company was established to meet an increasing need for a targeted and pragmatic approach to the diversity of ecological issues encountered during development projects. The company is committed to maintaining professional standards and is registered with The Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) and the Society for the Environment (SocEnv) which provide a professional code of conduct. As part of these codes of conduct, Milner Ecology Ltd holds £1 million Professional Indemnity Insurance and Public Liability Insurance. We also undertake regular training to keep abreast of the latest developments and legislation. 

The ecological consultancy work undertaken by Milner Ecology Ltd includes ecological survey and assessment, protected species licensing, project management and site supervision. A key aspect of our approach is a commitment to understand and advise on projects from initial conception, throughout the planning process to on-site supervision of construction activities and mitigation measures. Milner Ecology Ltd is able to provide the necessary expertise from project conception to completion or provide involvement with a project at a particular stage to deal effectively in a specific ecological issue. Our approach to ecology is simple, cost-effective and ensures an end product of the highest quality.

Our ecological work goes beyond the straightforward survey and assessment of sites. Milner Ecology Ltd has considerable experience in the management of environmental issues throughout the development process and beyond. This involves legislative requirements such as obtaining SNCO licences associated with protected species, undertaking species and habitat translocation work in advance of development, design and supervision of habitat creation and management works and long-term monitoring to determine the success of mitigation.

Ben Milner BSc (Hons.) CEnv MCIEEM - Principal Ecologist

Milner Ecology's founder and Principal Ecologist, Ben is a Chartered Environmentalist with over seventeen years experience in environmental consultancy. Ben has been involved in over 500 environmental projects including pipelines, highways, housing, leisure and retail. Involvement in projects encompassing a wide range of environmental issues brings an in-depth understanding of both ecological constraints and practical, achievable solutions. This enables a pragmatic approach towards balancing the often conflicting needs of the environment and development.

Bens particular strength is the ability to understand and advise on projects from initial conception, throughout the planning process to on-site supervision of construction activities and mitigation measures.

Ben holds survey/disturbance licences for great crested newt and bats from Natural England Natural Resources Wales and Scottish Natural Heritage; and has held development licences for bats, badger and great crested newt from Natural England and Natural Resources Wales. In addition, Mr Milner holds a CSCS Managers and Professionals card.

Rozanna Shah BSc (Hons.) GradCIEEM - Consultant Ecologist

Rozanna is a ecologist and GIS consultant with four years of experience undertaking ecological assessment projects and has been involved in projects including rail lines, pipelines, highways and housing developments. 

Rozanna has particular expertise in botanical and amphibian work and holds a Botanical Society of the British Isles (BSBI) Level 3 Field Identification Skills Certificate and CSCS Construction Related Visitors card.

Rozanna also holds a LANTRA NPTC Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue (Level 2) Certification. 

In addition, Milner Ecology Ltd belongs to a wide network of independent ecologists with specialist experience of rare of difficult groups such as invertebrates, bats and breeding birds. These can be called on to ensure that all projects are undertaken by staff with the appropriate licenses and skills for each occasion.