Aquilina Environmental Quality Consultant 01202 989 811 07879 201 677 Robert Aquilina MSc MCIEEM Consulting Ecologist 25 Westfield Gardens Christchurch Dorset BH23 4SF Email Robert

Full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management (CIEEM)

MSc (Distinction) 2003: Habitat Quality in Constructed Wetlands as part of a Sustainable Urban Drainage System

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Aquilina Environmental Quality Consultant

Consultant ecologist Bournemouth, Dorset - freshwater brackish wetland assessments and surveys; wildlife pond design & restoration

Specialising in all aspects of freshwater, brackish and wetland ecology

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Robert Aquilina - CV

Key Skills

Environmental Knowledge

Holder of Natural England licences for protected species:- sand lizard, smooth snake, great crested newt (including trapping and handling allowing swabbing for chytrid), white-clawed crayfish, Fairy shrimp (Chirocephalus diaphanus) and Tadpole Shrimp (Triops cancriformis). Also holder of CCW licence for GCN and white-clawed crayfish.

Identification skills and survey/census techniques for botanical and entomological surveys. Species level identification of freshwater macroinvertebrates. Statistical analysis of results.

PSYM, RIVPACS and RHS (accredited) survey techniques. Marine taxonomy and habitat survey course undertaken at Bournemouth University – an accredited course for intertidal survey, 4-7 May 2010.

Electro-fishing certificate of competence.

CSCS (ecologist) card holder.

Freshwater Recorder for Dorset Environmental Records Centre.

MSc Environmental Quality (with distinction).

The course covered the methods and techniques for assessing and managing environmental quality whether for conservation or development. Particular attention was paid to local heathland and freshwaters. Course was jointly run with Bournemouth University and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (Winfrith).

My dissertation was on habitat quality in Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems and used a range of industry standard measures (RIVPACS, PSYM, BMWP) to measure and compare environmental quality of artificial and natural ponds. Multiple regression techniques were used to compare invertebrate and macrophyte scores across the sampled environments with the result that the artificial ponds were found to be as rich as the natural ponds.

Full member of Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.

IT skills

15 years experience of Microsoft Office products and general pc skills. MSc covered GIS using Mapinfo. Experience of statistical packages such as CANOCO, SPSS, Statistica and Minitab.


Designed and delivered training courses on Freshwater macroinvertebrate ID (IEEM), pond creation and management (Flora Locale) and in house courses on Great Crested newt surveying and Dragonfly ID.

Work Experience

March 2007 – present

Full-time self-employed consultant carrying out protected species surveys, freshwater biodiversity assessments and macroinvertebrate species identification, pond design and management.

Recently worked on reptile translocations, GCN surveys, the status of Fairy shrimp in Dorset and currently in the New Forest, macroinvertebrate surveys of the river restoration project on the Dorset Winterbornes (Dorset Wildlife Trust and EA), Ecological Clerk of Works at Holton Heath, and developing an invasive aquatic plant strategy for DWT.

I am experienced in the National Pond Survey technique (plants and invertebrates) through working at Pond Conservation and have carried out surveys for them as part of the Important Pond Areas project in Wales.

Taxonomic experience

I have 12 years experience of identifying aquatic invertebrates; higher plants (esp. aquatic); reptiles and amphibians; field signs for most protected species (mammals, Barn owl etc).

I have attended aquatic macrophytes identification courses for River Surveyors (Richard Lansdown) and the EA (Nigel Holmes).

March 2007 - April 2012

Dorset Ecological Consultancy, Brooklands Farm, Forston, Dorchester DT2 7AA

Part time ecological consultant working on protected species surveys and translocations (including Smooth snake and Adder), habitat and species assessments for planning applications and management plans, BREAAM assessments.

Examples of major projects - Purbeck Important Ponds Project surveying macroinvertebrates to species level in 41 ponds; reptile survey and subsequent Ecological Clerk of Works at Holton Heath; Biodiversity Mitigation Plans for variety of smaller development projects across Dorset.

September 2004 - March 2007

Pond Conservation, Oxford Brookes University, Headington, Oxford OX3 0BP

Freshwater ecologist working for Pond Conservation at Oxford Brookes University. Still recommended as an Associate on their website and undertake contracts for them.

Examples of specific projects are given below:

Independent contracts

ECOSA 2003 - present

Macroinvertebrate survey of Timsbury Lakes, Isle of Wight SINCs, River Kennet, Keston Common.

RPS 2008 - present

RCS, RHS, and Crayfish surveys at Stansted (2007).

Crayfish survey at Tadpole Farm (2008). Freshwater invertebrate and crayfish surveys for Head of Valleys road widening scheme R.Clydach.

Bourne Stream Partnership 2003 - 2005

Baseline environmental survey for Bourne Stream Partnership (Coy Pond Gardens).

Conservation assessment and River Habitat Survey for Water Level Management Plan of the Bourne Stream.

Poole Borough Council 2005

Baseline ecological survey of the freshwater environments at Alderney Recreation Ground.

Environmental problems review of the saline water Boating Lake, Poole Park.

Dorset Ecological Consultancy 2005

Survey and evaluate the biological integrity of a pond at Charing Cross, Alderholt.

Digi-Data Technologies, Bournemouth 2003

GIS digitisation for Irish river survey for Digi-Data Technologies.

Memberships and Affiliations

AIDGAP identification key testing panel for the Field Studies Council (1989 - present).

Member of British Ecological Society (1979 – present).

Member of Freshwater Biological Association.

Full Member of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.

Specialist Interests and Voluntary Work

Freshwater Recorder for Dorset and founder of Freshwater Recording Group.

Aquatic Coleoptera – member of the Balfour-Browne Club.

Dorset Amphibian and Reptile Network pond surveys (NARRS volunteer).

Particular interest in heathlands and all their environmental components and history – member of Sopley Common Conservation working party and British Herpetological Society conservation team both undertaking habitat management on local heathland.

Butterfly transect walks on Sopley Common (includes Dragonflies).

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