BACKGROUND

With an honours degree in Applied Physics, I have over 20 years of experience as an ecologist and have specialised in bats for most of that time, including undertaking surveys to support planning and development, as well as large scale research projects.  I hold Natural England bat survey licences CL19 & CL20, and a research licence that enables me not only to undertake surveys of the built environment, but also to use a range of advanced techniques, including the use of mist nets, harp traps, acoustic lures and radio tracking for landscape scale activity surveys.

 

Previous employers have included the Somerset Wildlife Trust, the Dorset Wildlife Trust, the Bat Conservation Trust, and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.  Having worked for the Bat Conservation Trust for 12 months, as Bat Group Officer, I then sat  on the Board of Trustees of the Trust for five years, (the last 18 months as Vice Chair), and chaired the UK Bat Workers forum, standing down from both in 2011.  As Site Manager the RSPB’s 400 acre Weymouth Wetlands (Radipole and Lodmoor) I designed, planned and delivered a major wetland restoration project that saw the site SSSI status being upgraded, from unfavourable declining, to favourable conservation status over, the course of three years.

 

As well as being the Bat Record Verifier for Dorset, as an active member of the Dorset Bat Group I run a range of research project to develop our understanding of Dorset’s bats and to provide training opportunities for interested volunteers, including…

  • The response of bats to a wetland restoration;
  • The uptake of bat boxes installed as mitigation for a by-pass;
  • The distribution of rare woodland bats within Dorset;
  • The use of winter hibernation sites within Dorset;
  • Autumn swarming sites in Dorset and their use;

 

I deliver a range of training courses, tailored to your needs. Please see here for details

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