Ben Crossman

Principal Ecologist and Ecology Team Lead

Skills and expertise

Ben has over 10 years’ experience as an ecologist working both in the private and public sector. After initial specialising in ornithology Ben has developed into a generalist and has experience undertaking a wide range of protected species surveys. As well as putting together Preliminary Ecological Appraisals and Ecological Impact Assessments Ben also has experience of Habitat Regulations Assessment and Habitat Management Plans. He holds protected species licences for great crested newts and bats.    

Specialist interest

Ornithology (Birds)

Career summary

On completing his masters Ben worked as a volunteer warden with the RSPB before gaining a position as a graduate ornithologist at an Ecological Consultancy in the North East of England in 2014.

Ben moved to the south-west in 2020 to take an Ecologist position at Network Rail, before joining The Landmark Practice in 2022.   


BSc (Hons) Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour (Durham University).

MRes Ecology and Environmental Management (University of York)

Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (ACIEEM)

Natural England Licensed Bat Worked Licence Class Level 1

Natural England Great Crested Newt Licence Class Level 1

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) Licensed Great Crested Newt Worker


First Job

Farm Labourer


Now known for

Getting stuck in



Being in the great outdoors, be that hiking, wildlife watching or siting in his own garden.