Angie Cruse – Owner and Director, Happy Habitats & Nigel Powell Arboriculture
Our objective with both of our young companies is to change the way in which trees are considered within our environment. Whether in a woodland, a group or an individual, we value the habitat a tree has become. Our work is to enhance that biodiversity and support the associated wildlife.
As well as running the two business’s and to ensure we have a holistic approach to all our environmental management, Angie is responsible for continual research in habitat management, invasive species and habitat surveys, invasive species management, woodland planting, a qualified tree surgeon and groundswoman for our work in the field. This year Angie has qualified as a badger vaccinator to assist in the eradication of Tb in our countryside. Currently training as a Bryophyte botanist ensuring our woodland management is fully inclusive of not only each canopy but the micro habitats a woodland supports.
Angie is planning for the Happy Habitats brand to expand into further areas which all share the same core value. Including a level 3 awarded and FSA approved Forest School.
Education and professional qualifications
Badger vaccination Module’s 2 and Module 3 with APHA Woodchester park (National Wildlife Management Centre) & Derbyshire Vaccination Scheme, Peak District.
JUL 2018 – 8 weeks
Habitat management for conservation – Acorn Ecology
Level 2 award – felling and processing trees up to 380mm City & Guilds, NPTC
Level 2 award – chainsaw maintenance & cross cutting City & Guilds, NPTC
SEPT 2019 to MARCH 2020
SEPT 2019 to FEB 2020
10 JULY 2019
02 JULY 2019
25 JUNE 2019
25 JUNE 2019
28 MAY 2019
20 -22 MAY 2019
15 & 16 MAY 2019
15 APR 2019
8 – 9 APR 2019
3 APRIL 2019
15 MAR 2019
29 JAN 2019
3 DEC 2018
20 NOV 2018
- Comprehensive & detailed habitat, wildlife and bryophyte species surveys in marshes, arable land and woodland. Particularly experienced in invasive species of large scale Crassula Helmsii sites.
- Herbicide free invasive species management with fast handling of Impatiens glandulifera in particular.
- Badger surveying, trap siting and vaccination
- Hard working tree surgery groundswoman, inc. ground felling/ clearing, all ropework, lowering branches, arial rescue, processing trees and tracked chipper owner and operator.
- Soft landscaper whilst prioritising wildlife/ creating wildlife gardens
- Run all aspects of our environmental contracts and consultancy business
- Forest School leader – Level 3
Activities and Volunteering
Active Tromso, Northern Norway. Seasonal in 2011 to 2014.
Dog Sledding expedition guide – Assisting the head guide in leading 7 day expeditions with 80 dogs and 10 participants each week in the arctic wilderness. Collecting and co briefing participants. Ensuring dogs were well cared for on expedition, harnessing and securing dogs, feeding and checking health, emergency response and keeping up morale.
Libearty Bear Sanctuary, Zarnesti, Romania. 2015.
Guiding English speaking visitors for educational purposes and major donor funding. Organising and sorting all donated “past sell by date” food from local supermarkets. Creating poultry and yoghurt icecream etc and catapulting food from outside enclosures. Woodland management & logging. Organising tasks for volunteers around sanctuary. CCTV and surveillance patrols to ensure all bears were secure from potential outside danger and in good health. Interviews to create charity awareness videos. Endorsed by WSPA to create charity fundraising treks
Creator of TOMORROWBEAR, the inspired adventure guide. APR 2013
Adventure guide specializing in “leave no trace” experiences and coexisting with nature. Wilderness guide and later promoting experts in their field. Booking agent and Co-creator of Arctic expeditions and charity funded treks. Working with pioneering explorers, company owners abroad, mountaineers clubs and wildlife sanctuaries. Locations: Northern Norway and The Carpathians, Romania.
Woodland owner and manager – Happy Habitats Sept 2018
We own 4.5 acres of Ancient woodland near Truro. We are managing the woodland for the benefit of wildlife and wish to use our findings as an educational resource for both ourselves and others.
Observing and managing a woodland long term allows us to study the entire woodland ecology. How our intervention and nonintervention have benefitted wildlife habitat and species diversity. Some of our work includes thinning areas for light and health, creation of deadwood habitats (standing dead trees, fallen trees), encouraging biodiversity and preserving important habitat. We are writing a management plan based on this study and diary of progress along the way.