Peatland Restoration

At this time of year we are busy undertaking conservation contracting, in particular Peatland Restoration projects as well as tree planting often for development mitigation. Do you have land with potential for conservation improvement, whether this be re-wetting a bog or flood management? If so, then call us on 01228 711841 or email

Bat Surveys

We are currently in our busiest time of the year undertaking Bat surveys. This may involve a simple Preliminary Roost Assessment during the day or Presence/Absence activity surveys at dusk and dawn, with the peak bat activity period being May – September (weather dependent). Do you require a Bat survey or any other animal/habitat survey […]

Great Crested Newt Surveys

We are now undertaking Great Crested Newt surveys as the temperature is increasing through spring. We conduct great crested newt surveys principally March – June (weather dependent) and continue habitat and larvae surveys July – August. Do you require a Great Crested Newt survey or any other animal/habitat survey so you can fulfill your legal […]

Dave Kinnear

Dave joined our team in January 2015 and is our Plant Engineer and Store Coordinator. He has extensive experience of working with factory machinery and has experience servicing peat moss equipment. With almost 40 years of experience working with machinery, he is a pivotal member of our team, constantly ensuring everything is in working order. […]

Thai Millard

Thai started working for OpenSpace in February 2015 and is now our chainsaw operator within the Habitat and Conservation team. He continues to build on his experience and skills and is proud of being a part of a respected conservation team. Thai has a passion for music creation and plays the drums in his spare […]

Kenny Story

Kenny joined OpenSpace in August 2014. Having always worked on farms and outdoors, the role of Habitat and Conservation Worker has continued his appreciation of working outside and being amongst nature. Kenny has gained certification of CPCS and NVQ Level 3 for Specialised Plant and Machinery Operations. In his free time he enjoys working with […]

Luke Bryant

Luke joined OpenSpace in September 2015 as the Contracts Project Manager, having previously worked as a project manager at a non-profit NGO in Cumbria. Coming from a background in outdoor education and activities, he has always had a passion for working outdoors and improving the natural environment. Combining practical conservation work with managing projects across […]

Vicky Hannah, Home Group

OpenSpace have provided Home Group NW with a number of landscape design and ecology services over the past few years with regards to our new-build housing development projects. The service they provide is excellent and they are always very competitively priced.

Jonathan Rook

Co-founder with Andrea of OpenSpace in 2003, Jonathan’s background extends from achieving a Conservation Management postgraduate diploma to over 12 years working on national nature reserves and managing wildlife. Jonathan is a full member of the Institute of Environmental Sciences. He is proud of developing OpenSpace to provide ecology and habitat solutions. With his family, […]

Andrea Rook

A co-founder of OpenSpace, Andrea has an Honours degree in European Health Science from Northumbria University in Newcastle. She is married to Jonathan and started working for OpenSpace Cumbria Ltd. in 2002. Initially, work involved general administration. However, due to growth of the business, Andrea is now HR Manager. Andrea has 4 fantastic children who […]

Diane Dobson

Diane joined OpenSpace in 2008 and is a Senior Ecologist and the consultancy co-ordinator. She has a BSc. (Hons) in Botany from Durham University and a MSc. in Ecology from the University College of North Wales, Bangor. She is a full member of CIEEM. Diane is an experienced and well respected botanist/ecologist who has undertaken […]

Vicky Griffin

Vicky joined OpenSpace in March 2011 as Consultant Ecologist. She has a BSc. (Hons) in Wildlife Conservation from Liverpool John Moores University. Vicky specialises in bat ecology and has worked with exotic and domestic animals, as well as wild native species. She is passionate about wildlife and as an active member of the Cumberland Bat […]

Patryk Gruba

Patryk has been a Consultant Ecologist at OpenSpace since 2010. He graduated from the University of Rzeszow, Poland, with BSc. in Modelling Natural Environment, and University of Cumbria with BSc. in Environment & Sustainability. Patryk is an associate member of CIEEM and holds NE & SNH survey licences for bats and great crested newt. Patryk […]

Ray Hayton

Ray is one of our longest serving colleagues. He joined OpenSpace in April 2006 as a Machine Operator, and is now Senior Environmentalist. His main hobby is gardening, which takes up most of his spare time. He also enjoys spending time on his allotment.

Paul Hayton

Paul joined OpenSpace Cumbria in June 2006 and is happily married and the proud father to his lovely daughter. Paul enjoys football and wide open spaces, as well as gardening and spending time with family.

Annabel Bland

Annabel is the Accounts Manager, responsible for all financial matters and administration and has been with OpenSpace since 2008. Annabel loves working in such a happy environment and has 2 children, Gareth and Laura, both grown up. Being a very social person Annabel enjoys time spent with family and friends, especially if good food and […]

Welcome to OpenSpace

Coronavirus – At this current time – March 2020 – we are experiencing very difficult times and the importance to follow Government advice about social distancing and self-isolation is our main consideration. To respond to the current crisis OpenSpace is suspending all our ecological surveys which relate to entering buildings or where survey locations bring […]