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Vicky has worked as a professional ecologist since 1994 and joined BSG Ecology in April 2007.
Vicky has experience of working with a range of clients including water companies, local authorities, commercial developers and Government bodies. She has managed a diverse range of ecological contracts and has undertaken ecological baseline surveys, data analysis and interpretation and Ecological Impact Assessment. Vicky has experience of developing and implementing species monitoring, mitigation and compensation measures. Vicky has a good working knowledge of wildlife legislation and policy.
Vicky is a skilled and competent botanist and holds extensive experience in Phase 1 Habitat and NVC Surveys. She has completed surveys for a range of protected species, including great crested newt, red squirrel, reptiles, badger, otter, water vole, bats and birds. Vicky holds a Natural England Survey Licence for white-clawed crayfish, which was the species that she studied for her PhD. In her research, the use of innovative radio-tracking and GIS techniques allowed the identification of crayfish home ranges and movement patterns that determined the habitat preferences for this species.
Vicky has a particular interest in mammals: she is a founder member of the Northumbria Mammal Group and remains a member of their committee. She wrote the chapter on American mink for ‘Mammals, Amphibians and Reptiles of the North East’, published by the Natural History Society of Northumbria in 2012.
Prior to joining BSG Ecology, Vicky worked for statutory bodies including the Environment Agency and Natural England and co-ordinated education and research work for the University of Newcastle.
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