Hannah has worked in ecology since 2014 and joined BSG in June 2019. She has experience in a wide range of habitat and protected species surveys including otter, water vole, badger and red squirrel.
Hannah holds Scottish Natural Heritage and Natural England Class licences for bats (Level 2) and survey licences for great crested newts, and has undertaken numerous surveys for this species including working on large scale translocation projects. Her fresh water ecology experience also includes fresh water pearl mussel survey, white clawed crayfish, fish rescue/electrofishing and invertebrate kick sampling.
Hannah has contributed to various EcIAs, undertaking baseline data collection, data evaluation and analysis and impact assessment. She has also worked with clients to develop pragmatic and achievable mitigation and compensation solutions to identified problems. Hannah also has experience in completing biodiversity gain assessments using the Defra Metric, for sites throughout the north east of England, and has worked with clients to develop landscaping strategies to maximise biodiversity gain post development.
Hannah is a qualified tree climber and has undertaken aerial tree surveys of more than 300 trees throughout the UK, to assess their suitability for bat roosts.
Prior to becoming an Ecological Consultant, Hannah completed a Master’s degree in Ecological Consultancy at Newcastle University, and an undergraduate degree in Zoology at the University of St Andrews. During her academic career Hannah produced a research thesis into great crested newt trapping methods and their efficiency.