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Ruth Walker


Ruth joined BSG Ecology in July 2010. Since joining the company she has managed or contributed to a range of projects including Phase 1 Habitat Surveys, protected species surveys, wind energy projects and undertaken screening assessments of likely significant effects on European Protected Sites. Ruth has experience of working with a variety of clients including Local Authorities, utility companies, renewable energy companies, developers, architects and private individuals. Ruth is skilled in sourcing and analysing data from biological records centres, collating and analysing survey data, writing survey reports and producing survey maps to accompany reports.

Ruth specialises in ornithology and is experienced in a range of bird survey techniques including daytime and nocturnal surveys (principally investigating wader foraging areas) as well as completing breeding bird surveys and winter bird surveys in a variety of habitat types. She has undertaken daytime and nocturnal surveys for a number of onshore wind farm projects.

Ruth has experience of protected species surveys for badger, bats, water vole, reptiles and white-clawed crayfish. Ruth holds a Natural England Survey Licence for great crested newt and has assisted with great crested newt translocation. Ruth has contributed to the preparation of European Protected Species Licence applications for bats.  Before joining the company full time, Ruth worked for BSG Ecology as a part time field assistant for three survey seasons, assisting on bat surveys, great crested newt surveys and undertaking vantage point bird surveys.

Prior to joining BSG Ecology, Ruth worked for Natural England leading a project to identify diffuse pollution in a river catchment and then as a regional SSSI support advisor, and volunteered for charities including RSPB and the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. She is an active bird ringer both in the UK and the United States (as part of the Delaware Shorebird Project) and also conducts voluntary bird surveys on behalf of the British Trust for Ornithology.

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