Natural England recently announced the formation of a Bat Expert Panel which is comprised of 10 nationally recognised experts from the academic, commercial and NGO and SNCO sectors. Members of the panel have been selected for their strong track record in bat conservation. BSG Ecology is delighted that Dr Peter Shepherd has been one of the experts invited to be a member of the panel. Peter has been involved in bat conservation and research work and as a consultant for over 20 years. He was a Bat Roost Visitor for Natural England for 15 years during which time he was also a trainer of new volunteers. He has been delivering training courses for professional consultants for the Bat Conservation Trust since 2000 and has been a member of the editorial board for the Bat Conservation Trusts guidance on bat surveys for professional ecologists since 2007.
Peter said “I was very pleased and flattered to be asked to join the panel and look forward to working with such an eminent group helping Natural England develop their thinking on how to secure better conservation outcomes for bats and stakeholders – there a number of challenges to meet”.