Jim has worked in nature conservation since 2000 and as a consultant since 2003. He has particular expertise in invertebrate ecology, and completed a PhD looking at invertebrate communities associated with dung in 2004. Other specialisms include botanical survey, herpetofauna, and the design and delivery of ecological mitigation and compensation work.
He holds survey licences for white-clawed crayfish and great crested newt, and mitigation and conservation licenses for great crested newt and water vole respectively. In addition Jim also holds a class licence for water vole. He is a Full Member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, the British Entomological and Natural History Society and the Freshwater Biological Association.
Jim regularly provides training to other ecologists in protected species survey, assessment and mitigation, habitat creation and invertebrate ecology. Outside of work, he completes a lot of biological recording, and has helped train members of Oxford Amphibian and Reptile Group in aspects of reptile and amphibian ecology and survey.