Gareth joined BSG Ecology in May 2013. He is involved in the management and interpretation of ornithological data for various medium and large-scale wind farm projects on behalf of renewable energy clients, most of which are in Wales. He has a sound knowledge of field survey techniques required for species and habitats, and a good understanding of wildlife legislation and how it is applied.
Gareth began studying ornithology in 2003, and has conducted breeding bird surveys for the BTO covering multiple squares in a variety of habitats since 2008. He has also been involved in targeted species surveys for the Gwent Ornithological Society, including monthly goosander roost watches. Previously, Gareth worked on a voluntary basis for the RSPB, assisting with raptor watches at Cardiff, Symonds Yat and New Fancy in the Forest of Dean. He holds a BTO ringing licence and has been involved in a variety of targeted ringing projects, including Goshawk and Hawfinch ‘RAS’ monitoring in Gwent and the Forest of Dean, and Aquatic Warbler passage monitoring through Llangorse Lake and Newport Wetlands Reserve. He also regularly contributes to constant effort ringing at Llangorse Lake.
After graduating from Swansea University in 2003 with a BSc in Zoology, Gareth undertook a MSc in Environmental Biology. Gareth’s MSc dissertation was entitled “Group Foraging in the European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris): Predation Risk and Food Patch Stochasticity as Determinants of Scanning Behaviour” and his BSc research was on “The Effects of Weather on the Foraging Activity of House Martins (Delichon urbica)”. Gareth holds a survey licence for dormouse and has set up his own long-term dormouse population monitoring site in Usk.