We always apply best practice, specialising in progressing high profile, sensitive applications through the authorisation process and their operational management. Our expert team provides a variety of bespoke services to meet the demands of any development. Whether your project is at the early stages of inception, progressing through the authorisation process, or is in construction and operation, our range of in-house services is designed to meet your needs.

Ashlin Bodasing

Technical Director

Ashlin Bodasing is the Technical Director at Arcus, located in Cape Town. Having obtained her Bachelor of Social Science Degree (Geography and Environmental Management) from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. She has over fourteen years’ experience in the environmental consulting industry in southern Africa through which she has gained extensive experience in the field of Integrated Environmental Management. Ashlin has major project experience in the development of Environmental Impact Assessments, Environmental Management Plans and the monitoring of construction activities. Her areas of expertise include project management, environmental scoping and impact assessments, environmental management plans, environmental compliance monitoring and environmental feasibility studies. Experience also includes International Finance Corporation Performance Standards and World Bank Environmental Guidelines environmental reviews.

Dr. Owen Davies

Senior Ecologist / Avifaunal Specialist

Owen is a Professional Natural Scientist registered with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) and obtained his PhD (Zoology) from the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, a DST-NRF Centre of Excellence at the University of Cape Town. During his studies Owen completed his BSc in Botany and Zoology then went on to do his BSc (Hons) in Freshwater Biology. Owen has been involved in biological surveys and monitoring activities for renewable energy projects since 2013. Extensive field research has given Owen experience in the techniques required for conducting biological surveys on a variety of taxa including observations, physical trapping and identification of small terrestrial birds, raptors, bats, small mammals, rodents, snakes, reptiles, fish and invertebrates. Data collection in a diversity of habitats and ecosystems, combined with formal training and experience in field skills such as off-road driving, enables Owen to conduct biological surveys and assessments across Africa.

Ashleigh von der Heyden (formerly Blackwell)

Senior Environmental Assessment Practitioner

Ashleigh is a Senior Environmental Consultant at Arcus. She is a registered SACNASP Environmental Consultant with 5 years working experience in the environmental sector, namely the Mining and Renewable Energy Sector. As Project Manager, she has a proven track record in managing environmental projects to the required quality standards, timeframes and budgets. Her core responsibilities include client management and project implementation, reporting and execution. Her day-to-day responsibilities include report review, stakeholder engagement and business development. Ashleigh completed her BSc (Hons) in Conservation Ecology at the University of Stellenbosch and her Professional Diploma in Leadership and Management. She is a member of the Soil Science Society of South Africa (SSSSA) and is completing her Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification through the Project Management Institute (PMI). Ashleigh has international reporting experience for the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Equator Principles (EP) Performance Standards and the World Bank Environmental Guidelines and has attended certified workshops and training courses in Environmental Law, Environmental Waste Act Enforcement,  Soil Surveyance and Soil Classification and Section 21 Water use Licencing.

Craig Campbell


Craig is an Ecologist at Arcus. He graduated with a Degree in Conservation Ecology from Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He is registered as a Professional Natural Scientist, in the field of Ecological Sciences (SACNASP). Since 2013, Craig has had extensive experience in ecological baseline studies, biodiversity monitoring surveys and due diligence on several renewable energy and other projects in South Africa, Mozambique, Portugal and Turkey. He has a sound background in management and ecology, and also focusses on project design & layout, GIS mapping, report compilation and stakeholder engagement.

Michael Brits


Michael has a wide range of ecological expertise including experience with insects, amphibians and mammals. He has developed various monitoring plans to assist conservation bodies in adaptively managing wetlands, implemented baseline freshwater ecology monitoring plans and managed urban-wildlife conflicts, specifically with baboons and local residents in the City of Cape Town. He is skilled with various analytical techniques relevant to ecological projects, including four years of GIS experience.

Aneesah Alwie

Environmental Consultant

Aneesah Alwie is an Environmental Consultant at Arcus. Having obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree (Environment and Water Science) from the University of the Western Cape; she has over 10 years public relations experience in conjunction with 6 years’ experience as support to a technical team and 2 years’ experience as a professional. She has also attended certified training courses in Environmental Law and Compliance. Aneesah assists in report writing and public participation processes and manages the EIA processes for projects across South Africa. She has a proven track record in producing work of quality standards, within timeframes and budgets. Her excellent organisational and project management skills development enables smooth flow of the assigned project duties and client relations. Starting off as administrator at Arcus she still provides on-going administrative and technical support to colleagues to ensure that their projects are completed in time and within budget.

Mark Hodgson


Mark is an ecologist at Arcus and focusses on bat surveys and assessments. Having obtained his Bachelor of Sciences Degree (Genetics, Ecology and Evolution) and BSc Honours (Applied Biology) from the University of Cape Town, his Honours thesis focused on the migrational patterns of the Natal Long-fingered bat in the Western Cape. He has experience ranging from aquatic and terrestrial ecological surveys, using molecular tools for tracking, and water drainage monitoring. Since then he has spent time as a volunteer researcher at the Knysna Basin Project assisting with various Masters and Honours projects, Knysna seahorse censuses, aquatic plant life mapping and river drainage monitoring. Currently he is working on pre- and post-construction monitoring of bird and bat populations at Wind Energy Facilities. He is also skilled in statistical analysis pertaining to ecological projects.