Jim has worked in nature conservation since 2000 and as a consultant since 2003. He has particular expertise in invertebrate ecology, with which his PhD was linked. Other specialisms include botanical survey, herpetofauna, and the design and delivery of complex ecological mitigation and compensation projects. Jim regularly feds into and interprets the outcomes of biodiversity gain assessments, and liaises with clients and stakeholders to challenge preconceptions and engender buy-in. Jim has an excellent understanding of habitat management practices and has prepared over 40 Habitat / Ecological Management Plans for Development and Conservation Sites.
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 class licences for great crested newt and 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 local Natural History Societies and the Amphibian and Reptile Group.