BSG Ecology is committed to tackling complex ecological issues successfully for our clients. We recognise that experience, skill and knowledge within our team are important in producing these results. All of our ecologists are members of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM), membership of which requires a minimum amount of continuous professional development to be completed each year. Regular investment in our team, through support of conference attendance and provision of access to in-house and external training, strengthens our skills set and provides an up to date and scientifically sound basis to our advice.
We provide a range of in-house courses throughout the year, delivered by experienced professionals from within the BSG Ecology team. Many of our team members are influential in their technical field and also deliver courses for external organisations such as the Bat Conservation Trust and the Field Studies Council.
Eighteen in-house courses have been delivered during 2014 on a range of topics such as:
- Protected species ecology, licencing and mitigation
- Survey techniques, standards and use of technical equipment
- Report writing and presentation
- Developments in policy and legislation
- Use of geographic information systems software packages
Bat Ecology and Mitigation, Great Crested Newt Mitigation and Licencing, Biodiversity Offsetting, BS42020, and Thermal Imaging are a few examples of the topics covered recently.
In addition to this in-house programme, BSG Ecology staff attended many external courses run by a variety of organisations including: The Mammal Society; Field Studies Council (FSC); CIEEM; Bat Conservation Trust (BCT); Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC) and Flora Locale. BSG Ecology staff also attended, and in some cases presented, at a number of conferences including: BCT’s National Bat Conference, and the Artificial Light and Wildlife Symposium; the Irish National Bat Conference; CIEEM’s Spring Conference (Biodiversity Offsetting), and it’s Welsh Section Conference (GIS and Remote Sensing: The End of Fieldwork?); the International Swift Conference; the Irish Ornithological Research Conference; the Welsh Ornithological Society Conference; and, the British Ornithologists’ Union (BOU) Upland and Alpine Birds Conference.
These courses and conferences covered a range of topics generally intended to either improve a team member’s knowledge about an existing speciality, or to learn new and complementary skills, thus strengthening the abilities of the team member, regional office and the company. Following the attendance of external conferences and courses, team members share their knowledge or new skills with their colleagues, through office meetings or internal courses.
The ongoing commitment to deliver training in-house as well as supporting external learning and conference attendance underpins our approach to consultancy and ensures that we stay abreast of policy and legislative developments and maintain high technical standards as professional ecologists.