Caroline O’Rourke | Senior Ecologist | Newport

Caroline O'Rourke

Caroline has worked in ecological consultancy since 2009 and joined BSG in 2018.  She has a range of experience including habitat and protected species survey, ecological impact assessment and mitigation design.

Caroline’s project experience has included working on schemes on behalf of highways agencies, utilities companies and commercial developers, for whom she has led ecological impact assessments for large residential developments with protected species constraints.  She has particular expertise in Phase 1 habitat and hedgerow survey, holds licences to survey dormouse and great crested newt in England and Wales and has considerable experience of bat, badger, otter and water vole survey. She has also prepared and managed a number of European Protected Species derogation licences for dormouse; these have required her to provide on-site advice and ecological supervision during hedgerow translocation.

Caroline is a keen botanist and holds a Level 4 Field Identification Skills Certificate (FISC) from the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland.   She has experience in National Vegetation Classification (NVC) survey in lowland neutral grassland and assessment of habitats against regional nature conservation site criteria in south and mid-Wales.

Caroline has a particular interest in the management and restoration of floodplain meadows and in her free time acts a voluntary ambassador for the Floodplain Meadows Partnership in south-east Wales.

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