Harris Lamb has appointed a Principal Ecologist to its recently established Environment Team.

Launched in February this year, the department has proved a huge success for the business, conducting surveys and offering advice to developers throughout the UK, and Rob Harrison has now been brought on board to help support its expanding client-base.




Rob, whose ecological expertise lies in freshwater ecology, brings extensive project management experience having completed contracts for conservation bodies such as Natural England, Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales and extensive experience working on flood defence schemes. Rob has developed strong relationships with clients in the private sector providing a pragmatic and robust approach to ecology whilst striking the balance with the need for sustainable development.

Dr Holly Smith, who leads the team, said: “We’ve had a phenomenal amount of interest in the past nine months – the response from new and existing clients to the new services we’ve been able to provide and the insight we can give to them has been fantastic.

“Rob is a former colleague of mine, and a very experienced ecologist. He has significant experience in protected and invasive species surveys, and holds licenses for a number of species, and I’m confident that his skills will ensure our team moves from strength to strength.”

“He’s also a keen fundraiser for the Dreamflight children’s charity, something that we as a business are keen to support him with as part of our own CSR activity,” she added.

Rob said: I’m excited to start at Harris Lamb and to be working with Holly to help develop the Environment team. As a previous client, I’ve always enjoyed working with Harris Lamb as the team brings enthusiasm and energy to their projects, which makes for a fun working environment.

“This will be a great opportunity to provide in-house environment expertise which will benefit Harris Lamb directly and provide a valuable service to clients. I am looking forward to setting up new procedures and raising awareness in environmental best practice, as well as training our junior ecologists in survey techniques.”