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
ecological impact assessments.
Abel Earthcare is our bush regeneration and
vegetation management service.
Abel EarthScape is our turf management
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.
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.
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,
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:
- 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
- Experience in the NSW Land and Environment Court.
Abel Ecology is covered for:
Staff are licensed by OEH and NSW Department
of Agriculture for field survey work.
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
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.
"...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.
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,
Dr Daniel McDonald,
MAgr, PhD, Botanist
Dr Colin Bale BSc (Hons) PhD - Botanist
QTRA, 2014 Bachelor of Natural Sciences and
Cert 111 in IT (Western Sydney TAFE, 2009) Consulting Arborist
Qualifications: BSc, Dip Ed.
Trainee Consulting Arborist
BM, MAABR, Cert. Hort., Bush Regen., Rural Ops, Zoologist
Dr Graham Knuckey - BA (Hons), Dip Ed, PhD
Steven Smith - BA
Professor Shelley Burgin PhD - Catchment
David Sloan - Fire engineering for specialised fire engineering
(independent of Building Services considerations)
Dr Danny Wotherspoon
BSc, Dip Ed, MA, PhD, Postgraduate
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.
||Bushfire, Ecology, Threatened Species
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.
||1999 University of Western Sydney Hawkesbury Postgraduate Research
Dr Daniel McDonald
BAgSc, MAg, PhD
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
pathology and the study of plant adaptation to landscapes. Daniel has over
15 years experience in botany/plant science.
Dr Graham Knuckey
BA (Hons), Dip Ed, PhD
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
Quantified Tree Risk Assessment (QTRA, 2014)
Visual Tree Assessment (QTRA, 2014)
Bachelor of Natural Sciences and Horticulture
(University of Western Sydney, 2013)
Cert 111 in Information Technology (Western Sydney TAFE,
2009), White card, QTRA 2014, VTA 2014
Jesse has an expertise in
the planning of parks and gardens, plant physiology, botany and research in
entomology and plant-pest interactions. Arboriculture Assessments Vegetation
Management Plans, Flora and Fauna surveys and Landscape plans.
experience in arboriculture, landscape design, plant physiology, botany and
entomological research. Jesse joined Abel Ecology in mid-2014 as a graduate
botanist and arborist and has been involved in entomological research since
He has been involved in
assessing trees for the development of various projects including the
redevelopment of Blacktown Hospital for Health Infrastructure NSW,
road and park projects with various Councils and Government Authorities,
major projects for Developers and construction for private landowners.
Jesse has also been involved in Land and Environment Court proceedings.
His interests include bicycle riding, Violin, food and cooking and
Elizabeth has an expertise
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,
Elizabeth is currently enrolled in the
Arboriculture Diploma at Western Sydney Institute.
Fauna ecologist, B Env. Sci. (Hons),
MEIANZ, White Card
Mark is a young, passionate and enthusiastic scientist who thrives in the
field of natural resource management.
In the last 6 years, Mark has worked for a number of inter-state government
agencies and environmental consultancies. He has experience in threatened
species, fire ecology, bushfire management, pest plant and animals, and
landscape restoration. In particular he specializes in ornithology and
bushfire management. Mark has a number of specialized field-based skills
including: simple and complex tree climbing, working at heights, general
firefighter departmental fire accreditation, venomous snake and reptile
handling, immunization to handle bat species, and an A-class bird banding
licence with mist-net endorsement. Mark is also skilled in ArcGIS mapping,
first aid and four-wheel-driving.
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
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
Current and recent clients include:
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
NSW Dept of Commerce
NSW Dept of Lands
NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
NSW Roads and Maritime Services
Health Infrastructure NSW
Colin Biggers & Paisley
DLA Phillips Fox
J Wyndham Prince
King Wood Mallesons
Matthews Folbigg Lawyers
McCabes Lawyers Sydney
McKees Legal Solutions
Minter Ellison Lawyers
Pike, Pike & Fenwick
PWC (Price Waterhouse Coopers)