Gareth joined BSG Ecology in 2013. His role involves managing a wide-range of ecological and ornithological projects, including large-scale development proposals in various sectors. He has extensive experience in carrying out protected species and habitat surveys, while his written outputs include Ecological and Ornithological Impact Assessments and shadow Habitats Regulations Assessment reports for developments located throughout the UK.
Gareth began studying ornithology in 2003, and has held a BTO ringing licence since 2010. He also holds survey licences for bats, dormouse, and great crested newt in both England and Wales. He acquired his tree climbing and aerial rescue certificate in 2018, and has since developed a motion-activated camera to improve the detectability of roosting bats in trees. Gareth also provides a supporting role to the GIS team within the practice, has delivered training on use of GIS for viewshed analysis and collision risk modelling, and leads on the development and application of thermal imaging and infra-red survey capability within the practice.
Gareth graduated from Swansea University in 2003 with a BSc in Zoology, and in 2005 with an MSc in Environmental Biology. He has since volunteered for a number of organisations, including RSPB, BTO, BCT and the Gwent Wildlife Trust. Gareth currently runs a dormouse monitoring project in Usk, and is involved in a variety of targeted bird ringing projects in Wales, including pied flycatcher and Hawfinch ‘RAS’ monitoring. He is also a registered BCT bat carer, and regularly undertakes monitoring of woodland trees for bat roosts at sites in Wales and England.