The Team

Cyrise Weaire - Principal Ecologist


Cyrise is an experienced and enthusiastic ecologist with over fifteen years experience in ecological consultancy. With a background in larger multidisciplinary consultancies, Cyrise set up Practical Ecology Ltd in 2010 to give clients a more tailored and personalised service.

Cyrise has extensive project management and site implementation experience on small scale and major infrastructure schemes, she has held a great crested newt class license for over twelve years and is a full member of CIEEM.

Alex Jessop - Ecologist

Alex (or Alex J) joined the team in September 2017. His background working in conservation with the Suffolk Wildlife Trust and the RSPB provides a broad range of practical and ecological knowledge. Following the completion of an MSc from Aberystwyth, he began working with Practical Ecology in 2017 as a Field Assistant. Since then Alex has gained skills undertaking a wide range of surveys as well as managing a range of projects.

Alex Hendry - Assistant Ecologist

Alex (or Alex H) joined the team in April 2019. A Qualifying member of CIEEM, as well as completing an MSc from the University of East Anglia, Alex has also worked as ranger in the Norfolk Broads and for the RSPB. A quick learner Alex is  a key part of the team, eager to undertake any task and has gained significant skills in undertaking great crested newt, bat, and reptile surveys as well gaining the skills needed for Phase 1 surveys. Alex is frequently accompanied by Jynni the dog.

Mischa Gibbons - Graduate Ecologist

Mischa joined the team as a field surveyor in 2020 and following the completion of her degree in York in the spring of 2021, joined as a graduate ecologist. Enthusiastic and a fast learner Mischa is already proving a key member of the team. Outside of work, Mischa is an active rock climber and hill walker.

Kerry Wostear - Office Manager

Kerry has over 35 years experience in administrative roles, which means she is well placed to manage our systems and processes. She ensures that we operate in an efficient and responsive manner, meeting our clients needs and evaluating our business processes to maximise productivity and effectiveness.

In short Kerry is the glue that holds us together!