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Consultant ecologist Bournemouth, Dorset -
Holder of Natural England licences for protected species:-
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-
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 -
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:
Macroinvertebrate survey of Timsbury Lakes, Isle of Wight SINCs, River Kennet, Keston Common.
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.
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.
Baseline ecological survey of the freshwater environments at Alderney Recreation Ground.
Environmental problems review of the saline water Boating Lake, Poole Park.
Survey and evaluate the biological integrity of a pond at Charing Cross, Alderholt.
GIS digitisation for Irish river survey for Digi-
AIDGAP identification key testing panel for the Field Studies Council (1989 -
Member of British Ecological Society (1979 – present).
Member of Freshwater Biological Association.
Full Member of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.
Freshwater Recorder for Dorset and founder of Freshwater Recording Group.
Aquatic Coleoptera – member of the Balfour-
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).
CV (pdf, 112kb)