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 and mixed-use developments (including residential). In doing so, he draws on his knowledge and experience of working with a wide range of species groups, including plants, birds, mammals and herpetofauna. 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, particularly in relation to transport infrastructure projects. He holds a Natural England great crested newt survey licence and is also an accredited agent for a natterjack toad re-introduction programme. Gareth also holds a Natural England Level 1 bat licence.

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 RSPB), worked with Local Planning Authorities on assessing ecological input on planning applications and also spent time teaching geography (to students of 11-18 years of age) with a particular emphasis on fieldwork.

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

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