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Dawn across Teesdale


Based in the heart of the North Pennines National Landscape, Durham Dales Ecology offers bespoke ecological advice and services to a variety of customers throughout the North Pennines. From private individuals wishing to progress a residential planning application, to farmers and landowners wishing to expand or diversify their business. From utility companies, educational establishments and local authorities implementing their statutory functions and strategic plans, to the construction sector; we cater for all projects.

Durham Dales Ecology is passionate about protecting and promoting the natural environment through sustainable development, and is proud to serve the Dales communities and beyond.

B.Sc. (Hons), MCIEEM.

Fran Mudd is an experienced ecologist with Full Membership of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). Having attained an honours degree in Zoology from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 2004, Fran went on to pursue a successful career in land management for wildlife conservation, working for The Wildlife Trust and as a countryside ranger, then project manager within a Local Authority Countryside Team, before moving into the ecological consultancy sector.


Fran has worked throughout the UK, and abroad, and has a wide breadth of knowledge. She now specialises in protected species surveys, Ecological Impact Assessment and Biodiversity Net Gain. A background in land management, particularly in the charitable sector, allows her to design cost-effective ecological mitigation schemes, which produce a high nature conservation output. Her experience of working in a Local Authority Planning Department has given Fran invaluable knowledge of the planning process, resulting in the smooth progression of ecological reports through this system.

Fran holds a Natural England Class 2 Bat Licence, a Natural England Class 1 Great Crested Newt Licence, and is an Earned Recognition accredited consultant for bats. She is registered under the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS).

Fledgling barn owl chick, being ringed as part of a British Trust for Ornithology study, Alston, Cumbria.

Barn owl chick (almost fledged), being ringed under licence at a farm in Cumbria, as part of a British Trust for Ornithology study.

Frances Mudd

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