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Our Name and Company Policy

Abel Earthcare and Abel EarthScape are trading names under Abel Ecology Pty Ltd.


We are named after Abel, who was a son of Adam and Eve.  He was a farmer, commended by God the Creator as bringing an acceptable offering of the fat portions of the first born of his flocks.  The Creation mandate that God gave to Adam was for Man to sustain and manage the earth as our life support system.  Our task is to assist that process.


Abel Ecology deals with bushfire, tree assessments and ecological impact assessments.

Abel Earthcare is our bush regeneration and vegetation management service.

Abel EarthScape is our turf management service.



Company Profile

Our head office is located in the beautiful world heritage listed Blue Mountains 100km west of Sydney and we have a branch in Melbourne to service the needs in Victoria.  We have been active in the field of environmental assessments since 1991. Our team is able to travel anywhere in NSW, Queensland and Victoria, and we have associates in regional NSW and other States. Our staff is highly qualified and experienced in a wide range of fields. Whether you need a Bushfire Assessment for a proposed development, a Seven Part Test (an assessment of impact on a threatened flora or fauna species in NSW) or advice on which is the most suitable location for a house within a development area, best practice assessment of and reporting on trees, our team will be able to help you. We can prepare Vegetation Management Plans, give expert advice to the Land and Environment Court, or prepare a Species Impact Statement. We are able to provide advice on farm management and Farm Vegetation Plans.


The Abel Ecology team brings the following advantages to your project:


  • All have a personal commitment to the sustainable development of the New South Wales environment as a valuable and irreplaceable asset.


  • We have an involvement and an awareness of the importance of encouraging responsible and managed policies to provide environmental services while sustaining the beautiful environment that we enjoy as our own home.


  • Our team has a lengthy history of involvement in environmental matters, and is aware of your local and regional issues.


  • Our team shares a pool of expertise that is well positioned to make a success of your project.


  • Extensive experience in government projects in NSW for agencies including Sydney Water, DNR, OEH, and RMS.  We are consultants to government agencies on a regular basis.


  • We have the advantage of local knowledge and expertise, with no vested interests and therefore without the possibility of a conflict of interest.


  • We are used to working on commercially sensitive projects, and can assure confidentiality.


  • Experience in the NSW Land and Environment Court.



Abel Ecology is covered for:

  • Professional Indemnity Insurance  $20m

  • Public Liability Insurance $10m

  • Workerís Compensation



Staff are licensed by OEH and NSW Department of Agriculture for field survey work.


Pricing policy

We calculate our costs on a time basis, just like your accountant and lawyer.

When we provide a fixed quote, it is on the basis of our experience of similar work.

You pay for what you get, and good work takes time, so we don't compete on price.

We like to deliver an outcome that is right first time.


Our overheads take into account a variety of insurances and government regulations that relate to field work and animal trapping.  In addition, our OH&S procedures for staff are designed to make sure that they are likely to come back, and be able to work again the next day.


Experienced staff are highly trained and earn a salary to reflect that skill level.

So, when you want good work, not cheap work, pick up the phone.

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"...the EMP is an excellent  document Ö  Well done, it makes our jobs much easier when we get such professional work first time."  Robyn Sim, Sydney Water


"a big thanks to team and yourself... I really appreciate the extraordinary effort and dedication that your team and you provide.  From a professional point of view I always look forward to your visit and working with you as I seek every opportunity to learn and apply the new skills to my job.  The one thing I have come to realise is the interconnection within the environment and how important it is to get things right the first time when a development is up for consideration.  Keep up the great work and the high standards you stand for."  Ray Phelps, Upper Hunter Shire Council.


"...a great job on Glennís report.  The end product is a good outcome.  Please pass on my thanks and appreciation.  Well done."  Paul Vergotis, Solicitor, Matthews Folbigg.


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Our team

Our wide staff expertise enables us to serve a broad range of client needs.

Pick up the phone and tell us what you need.



Dr Danny Wotherspoon, BSc, Dip Ed, MA, PhD, Grad Dip Bushfire Protection, Director, Ecologist

Dr Daniel McDonald, BAgrSc, MAgr, PhD, Botanist

Dr Colin Bale BSc (Hons) PhD - Botanist

Jesse Tree, QTRA, 2014 Bachelor of Natural Sciences and Horticulture (2013) Cert 111 in IT (Western Sydney TAFE, 2009) Consulting Arborist

Elizabeth Begg, Qualifications: BSc, Dip Ed. Trainee Consulting Arborist

Mark Mackinnon, BM, MAABR, Cert. Hort., Bush Regen., Rural Ops, Zoologist



Dr Graham Knuckey - BA (Hons), Dip Ed, PhD



Annette Wotherspoon

Steven Smith



Professor Shelley Burgin PhD - Catchment management

David Sloan - Fire engineering for specialised fire engineering services (independent of Building Services considerations)


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Staff profiles

Dr Danny Wotherspoon


BSc, Dip Ed, MA, PhD, Postgraduate Diploma Bushfire Protection (University of Western Sydney)

Professional and scientific memberships: Ecological Society of Australia, Royal Zoological Society NSW, Ecological Consultants Association NSW Inc. (Councillor), Australian Society of Herpetologists, Environment Institute of Australia & New Zealand.


Expertise: Bushfire, Ecology, Threatened Species management

Professional consultant in bushfire, flora and fauna since 1991.  Expert witness NSW Land and Environment Court.  Currently researching Cumberland Plain Woodland as fauna habitat for a PhD at UWS Hawkesbury.


Awards: 1999 University of Western Sydney Hawkesbury Postgraduate Research Award.


Dr Daniel McDonald

Qualifications: BAgSc, MAg, PhD
Expertise: Botanist


Daniel joined Abel Ecology in 2007 as a senior botanist. ∑ His scientific work focused on plant taxonomy, plant breeding and genetics, plant reproductive biology, seed science, plant pathology and the study of plant adaptation to landscapes. Daniel has over 15 years experience in botany/plant science.



Dr Graham Knuckey

Qualifications: BA (Hons), Dip Ed, PhD
Expertise: Archaeologist


Project manager of over 100 projects, involving cultural heritage field team management, and negotiation with developers and/or government organisations. Graham has built close working relationships with Aboriginal groups across Queensland, including the Yulluna, Kalkadoon, and Pitta Pitta groups, Wiri, Wakka Wakka, Karingbal, Kabi Kabi, Jinibara and Muninjali People, and the Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders. He has worked closely with the Jagera, Ugarabul, Jarrowair (Dalby), Yuibera (Mackay), Mitakoodi (Cloncurry), Wangan and Jagalingou (Clermont) and on occasion with the Waluwarra, Bidjara (Charleville), and Janga (Mt Coolon) Peoples.



Elizabeth Begg

Qualifications: Qualifications: BSc, Dip Ed.
Expertise: Elizabeth has an expertise in Botany and is a trainee Arborist


Elizabeth brings with her experience working in mycology and plant ultrastructure at the University of New South Wales, and plant breeding and plant pathology from the University of Sydney Plant Breeding Institute, Cobbitty.

Her interests include ecology and bush regeneration where she coordinates a BushCare group with Blue Mountains City Council and has run workshops for local school students making bee hotels. She is also volunteer guide at the PlantBank, Australian Botanic Gardens, Mount Annan.

Elizabeth is currently enrolled in the Arboriculture Diploma at Western Sydney Institute.



Mark Mackinnon

Qualifications BM, MAABR, Cert. Hort., Cert. Bush Regen., Cert. Rural Ops,

Mark is a member of the Australian Association of Bush Regenerators and has extensive knowledge and experience of plant species in New South Wales.  Mark holds a Bachelor of Maths degree, majoring in statistics, a Certificate of Horticulture, Certificate of Bush Regeneration and a Certificate of Rural Operations.  He has built up his expert knowledge on NSW native plant species over the many years that he has practised as a Botanist.  He is regularly asked to contribute to the extensive (ongoing) flora surveys of the Sydney Basin and Blue Mountains carried out by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. 


Mark has extensive field survey experience, having worked for over ten years in various plant-related roles.  His role in Abel Earthcare is to provide expert advice on flora and on the full range of flora management issues encountered and in the design and management of environmental monitoring projects.




Alison Hewitt

Qualifications BSc (Hons), PhD

Alison has researched and published on the reproductive biology and ecology of Australian Melaleuca species, native plant responses to fire and the vegetation of western Sydney. Alison's interests include plant ecology and flora survey methodology, bush regeneration, plant identification and gardening. Alison teaches Botany and Ecology sessionally with Western Sydney University.




Steven Smith

Qualifications: Project Management

Steven is the office manager, documentation administrator and provides project management support within Abel Ecology.


Steven has 10 years of project management experience at a senior level and has worked with a range of NSW State Government and Federal Government departments.



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Our clients

Current and recent clients include:


Golf Clubs

Bonnie Doon Golf Club

Camden Lakeside Country Club

The Lakes Golf Club

Caniaba Country Club

Springwood Country Club



Bovis Lend Lease

Brookfield Multiplex Construction


ICA Properties, Ryde

Paynter Dixon Constructions

Veolia Pty Ltd

Coffey International/Water Studies P/L

Penrith Lakes Development Corporation

JR Brogan & Associates Pty Ltd


Local Government clients

The Hills, Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Dubbo, Hawkesbury, Liverpool, Mosman, Penrith, Pittwater, Rylstone, Shoalhaven, Warringah, Wollondilly Councils.




NSW Dept of Commerce

NSW Dept of Lands

NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

NSW Roads and Maritime Services

Health Infrastructure NSW

Sydney Water





Colin Biggers & Paisley

DLA Phillips Fox

Hones Lawyers

J Wyndham Prince

King Wood Mallesons


Matthews Folbigg Lawyers

McCabes Lawyers Sydney

McKees Legal Solutions

Minter Ellison Lawyers

Pike, Pike & Fenwick

TressCox Lawyers

PWC (Price Waterhouse Coopers)

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Abel Ecology Pty Ltd 2014.  trading as Abel Earthcare, Abel EarthScape and Abel Archaeology

ACN  079 079 762    ABN  72 516 253 751