Lodge Environmental

planning • ecology • environment

Lodge Environmental is a boutique Environmental Consultancy.

We specialise in the provision of environmental direction to help our clients realise their project vision.

Our consultants provide research and reporting within the environmental, ecological, and planning disciplines while ensuring the integrity of the environment.

The Lodge team brings together trusted consultants from various areas of expertise to allow a multidisciplinary practice of environmental consulting. We take on projects across all of NSW and provide local consultants in the Southern Highlands, Illawarra, Shoalhaven, Greater Sydney Metropolitan Area, South East Highlands and Northern Rivers. The consultants at Lodge Environmental have over 10 years of experience across the community development, government, private, and infrastructure sectors.

Lodge was established to provide a more collaborative experience than what has been observed in the industry, with a team dedicated to building lasting client relationships through our personable approach, outgoing culture and willingness to take responsibility for our client’s goals.

Lodge is founded on a passion for planning adventures in the outdoors, and we look forward to providing our environmental planning expertise for your next project adventure.


Our day to day work at Lodge Environmental is about respecting the environment in which we live in. Not only do we base our career on the existence of it, but so much of our enjoyment as well. We aim to keep the balance between the pressures of human activities, and the needs of all the native plants and animals within our country. We do this by introducing creativity and flexibility into our projects to make sure we can confidently find the most environmentally sensitive approach to project designs. But we can always do more. So we’ve signed up to 1% for the planet and are now donating 1% of our sales to local environmental causes. Becoming part of the 1% community helps us continue to sway the balance in the right direction.

Jack Talbert
Jack Talbert
Managing Director – Environmental Planner and Ecologist

Lodge Environmental was established by Director Jack Talbert (BEnvSc (Hons)); Accredited Biodiversity Assessor (BAAS18140) as a rebuttal to the ‘us and them’ mode of practice between clients and consultants.  Jack’s experience in the environmental science and consulting sectors has primarily focused on planning and approvals and ecological assessments.  As a result he is well versed in Australian environmental legislation, including the EPBC Act, BC Act, EP&A Act, FM Act and WM Act.

Jack has managed numerous large project approvals and referrals for some of Australia’s most well respected community developers and government departments.  He has conducted an array of ecological assessments, both terrestrial and aquatic, across a large portion of NSW and the ACT.  Jack has managed more specialised services including Grey-headed Flying Fox camp management and Green and Golden Bell Frog management plans.  His breadth of experience also includes hydrogeological assessments, contaminated land management and highly developed technical map production and spatial data analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Jack operates under a current NSW Scientific License and Animal Research Authority, and is an Accredited Biodiversity Assessor (BAAS18140) under the Biodiversity Conservation Act.

James Lidsey
James Lidsey
Senior Ecologist and Videographer

James (BSci (Biological Sciences) (Hons)) has over seven years’ experience working as an Ecologist and Environmental Consultant throughout the Illawarra, Sydney Metropolitan Region, Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands. During this time he has managed a number of projects involving Biodiversity Assessments, Long-term ecological monitoring programs and On-going project ecologist roles.  Through the management of these projects James has become well informed on Australian environmental legislation, including the EPBC Act, BC Act, EP&A Act, FM Act and WM Act.

James also has extensive experience in general habitat assessments and targeted surveys for a wide variety of general and threatened species across NSW. He has assisted the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment with a large degree of Koala research, including radio-tracking, systematic spotlighting, and catching. This has helped to inform the industry on the behavior of the Koalas across the Wollondilly and Wingecarribee shires.

Outside of the environmental sector James has been a passionate Videographer and Photographer for over eight years. James has been contracted professionally across the Illawarra across a variety of industries and continues to strive to combine his creative passions with his ecological profession through Lodge Environmental Media.