Tom began working as a professional ecologist in 2002 and joined BSG Ecology in 2014. He has considerable experience of habitat survey and scoping work, protected species survey and translocation projects and ecological impact assessment.
Tom’s clients include commercial developers, utilities companies, and local authorities. He has experience of surveys for amphibians, reptiles, badger, water vole, otter, bats, and invertebrates, and has provided much on-site advice as an Ecological Clerk of Works, helping clients to meet their obligations towards the protection of badger, great crested newt, reptiles and breeding birds.
Tom has led ecological impact assessments for several large projects, including Rainham Landfill Site and Rivenhall Energy from Waste Facility, and he has coordinated large numbers of protected species and habitat surveys for proposed enhancements to road and rail links to Stansted Airport.
Tom has a particular interest and specialist expertise in botany; he has carried out numerous vegetation surveys of upland and lowland habitats in England, Wales, and Scotland, including local wildlife sites and Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs). He has undertaken botanical survey and mitigation work for a range of protected or notable plant species, including least lettuce, sea barley, Bithynian vetch, and meadow saffron.
Prior to Joining BSG Ecology, Tom completed a DPhil in Plant Sciences with Oxford University, in which he carried out research into the fundamental biology of plants that can accumulate heavy metals in their tissues. This included an extensive study of the evolution, ecology, and taxonomy of the plant genus Alyssum.
In his free time, Tom is also keen on marine biology and is an experienced diver, and he has helped teach on Oxford University’s undergraduate field course on the ecology of rocky shores.