Emily joined BSG Ecology in March 2017 as an ecologist and is based in the Hathersage office. She holds a BSc in Ecology from the University of Sheffield. Emily’s work includes protected species survey, extended Phase 1 habitat survey, biodiversity gain assessment and assisting with mitigation projects. Emily’s work also involves ecological impact assessments, BREEAM assessment and management plans.
Emily holds a Level 1 Natural England Survey Class licence for great crested newts and Level 2 Natural England Survey Class licence for bats. She also holds a certificate for NPTC/City & Guilds Level 2 Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue, which allows her to assess bat roosting potential or bird nesting activity at height in trees. Emily leads and co-ordinates surveys for great crested newt, bats, reptiles, badger, otter and water vole. She acts as an ECoW for bat, reptile, badger and great crested newt mitigation projects and is an accredited agent on both great crested newt and bat licenced projects.
Emily is regularly involved in biodiversity gain assessments and provides advice on biodiversity gain for a range of projects. She is proficient in using QGIS and ArcGIS software, as well as the Defra 2.0 biodiversity metric.
One of Emily’s passions is bats. She has developed her survey skills through professional work and also through experience gained with the Essex, Hertfordshire and Derbyshire Bat Groups. Emily has been involved in radio-tracking for the Nathusius’ pipistrelle. She took a sabbatical trip to Eastern and Southern Africa in 2019, which included a period volunteering with African Bat Conservation, an NGO in Malawi. While volunteering Emily carried out harp trapping, mist netting and handling of a number of different African bat species. She was also involved in the tracking of the migration of African straw-coloured bats through Malawi and educational outreach programs about bats.