Meet our Team


All training courses are taught by professional and practicing Ecological Consultants…accompanied by our mascot and carrot-pincher Buddy.

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Sue Searle Acorn Ecology

Sue Searle Bsc (Hons) PGDip MCIEEM


Senior Tutor, Principal Ecologist, Managing Director of Acorn Ecology Ltd.

Sue is an experienced tutor and has won awards for her training. She holds protected species licences for dormice and bats. Sue is committed to training future ecologists and sharing her passion for wildlife.

Sue started Acorn Ecology in 2003 and now runs three branches across the UK.

Sue Searle Acorn Ecology

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Sarah Candlin BSc (Hons) MCIEEM


Training Manager and Principal Ecologist at Acorn Ecology Ltd.

Sarah is in charge of organising our professional development courses, and is a highly knowledgeable consultant, with expertise in European Protected Species Licences for bats and dormice.

Sarah joined Acorn in 2007 as a Trainee Ecologist and now oversees all of our incoming trainees and work placement ecologists.

Sarah Candlin Acorn Ecology

Colin Bonfield, Sue Searle and Sarah Candlin Acorn Ecology Exeter

Colin Bonfield Bsc (Hons) MSc MCIEEM


Tutor and Senior Ecologist at Acorn Ecology Ltd.

Colin has over 12 years experience and is a highly skilled Ecological Clerk of Works with extensive experience of working on large infrastructure projects such as natural gas pipelines and roads.

Colin joined Acorn in May 2013, and is a knowledgeable tutor for some of our Exeter courses.

Sally Blower Acorn Ecology Exeter

Sally Blower BA (Hons) PGCE


Finance Manager at Acorn Ecology Ltd.

Sally deals with the day-to-day administration of all of our Training Courses and is an invaluable member of Acorn, providing vital administrative support to our Ecologists.

Sally has recently rediscovered her passion for running and ran the London Marathon in 2015 raising over £4k for the children’s charity DEBRA.

Sally Blower Acorn Ecology Exeter