Gareth Clay | Senior Ecologist | Oxford


Gareth joined BSG Ecology in 2013 and has experience as an ecologist from 1994.

Gareth undertakes ecological survey and ecological appraisals for a wide range of projects, including local authority properties, flood management schemes, recreational sites and mixed-use developments (including residential). He has also advised and provided ecological management plans for biodiversity gain. He is regularly engaged in protected species surveys and is an experienced ecological clerk of works.

He has a long-standing interest in reptiles and amphibians and has gained considerable experience of organising and implementing the exclusion, capture and translocation of great crested newts. He holds a Natural England great crested newt survey licence and is an accredited agent for a natterjack toad re-introduction programme. Gareth also holds a Natural England science and conservation bat licence (equivalent to a Level 1 class licence but also covering endoscope use and hibernation visits).

Gareth began his career as an Assistant Conservation Officer for English Nature (now Natural England) in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, monitoring a range of statutory sites and carrying out botanical surveys to validate records for expansion of the New Forest SSSI. He has subsequently carried out habitat management and breeding bird surveys on the Somerset Levels (for the RSPB), worked for a Local Planning Authority assessing ecological input requirements for planning applications and also taught geography to students of 11-18 years of age (with a particular emphasis on environmental education).

Outside work he contributes to the biological recording and monitoring of plants, birds and amphibians on a variety of sites.

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