The company already offers ecological services to clients in the south west but having a locally-based ecologist will, the company believes, be better for business, with a more cost-effective survey, assessment and licensing service.
An LUC representative said: "Eric’s relocation to Bristol will also allow us to better support emerging infrastructure and construction projects identified for the south west, many of which face considerable ecological challenges. Eric’s experience of delivering similar projects in the South East means he is well placed to respond to the challenge.
"The ecology industry has continued on a steady growth path over recent years, driven primarily by stronger legislation and a better understanding of the benefits of integrating ecological features into construction projects.
"LUC offers a wide range of ecological services, from bat surveys for individual housing projects to complicated mitigation strategies for large scale transport schemes, meaning we’re able to provide the type and level of support needed by a range of client types. With that in mind, we aim to grow our ecology offer in the South West over the coming years."
Heath will be supported by a team of specialist and generalist ecologists, along with existing planning and design colleagues in Bristol.
Meanwhile head of ecology Steve Jackson-Matthews has joined the judging panel of the CIEEM 2015 Awards, which reward good practice within the industry.
He will be part of a panel which judges the NGO Impact Award. The winners will be announced on 25 June at Birmingham Botanic Gardens.