Harris Lamb has enhanced its Environmental team with the appointment of a Senior Bat Ecologist.

Helen Archer joins the business from JBA Consulting, where she delivered a wide range of environmental and ecological projects for clients including wind and solar farm developers, Local Authorities and Internal Drainage Boards, along with independently managing multidisciplinary projects for Network Rail, AMCO and Maltgrade Homes, with particular specialism in bat ecology.

She adds her bat expertise to the seven-strong team’s skillset.

Dr Holly Smith, who was appointed to head up and establish the ecology team in February 2018, said: “Our department has grown rapidly over the past year, and we are delighted to welcome Helen to our team. There are very few bat specialists operating in the UK so it is a real coup for us to have added one to our ranks.

“Helen has a wealth of experience in coordinating and delivering bat surveys and mitigation for a wide range of complex development projects across the UK.

“With the key time for bat activity surveys being May to August, she has joined us at a crucial time, and is a huge asset to the business. We’re looking forward to supporting out clients in the coming months.”

Helen said: “Having a background in delivering ecological services for commercial developers, including numerous Tesco developments, I was attracted to the opportunity of having greater continued involvement with the ecological challenges facing the commercial development sector, particularly those concerning bats.

“I am keen to apply my expertise in bat ecology at Harris Lamb to help facilitate surveying and licensing, and provide support across a diverse range of projects.”

Helen can be contacted at