Helen joined BSG ecology in March 2015 and is based in the Oxford office. Prior to BSG, she worked for a small consultancy in Scotland and was a trainee ecological surveyor for the Scottish Wildlife Trust.
Helen’s current role involves working within a team of ecologists undertaking baseline pond surveys and trapping out of areas as part of (licensed) great crested newt mitigation programmes, completing bat survey work and extended Phase 1 habitat surveys, and deploying dormouse tubes and boxes. Helen is also involved in preparing written ecology reports and preparing fee proposals for clients.
She has a wide range of ecological experience, including: bats, badger, beaver, birds, great crested newt, otter, pine marten, red squirrel, Scottish wild cat and habitat surveys. Helen also has experience surveying marine mammals, gained through training with the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) on the Isle of Mull, and has set up butterfly transects as part of the National Butterfly Monitoring Project (NBMP). She has also carried out woodcock surveys and mountain bird survey transects for the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and frogspawn recording for Glasgow City Council.
Helen has been an active member of several bat groups since 2009 and has been involved in several radio-tracking projects, including the ‘Scottish Leisler’s Project’ and ‘Threave Whiskered Bat Project’. She holds a Natural England and Scottish Natural Heritage licence for bats, as well as being a certified badger surveyor (Scottish Badgers – Level One). She also has considerable experience with otter and water vole. Although she holds a particular interest in mammal ecology she is keen to expand on her knowledge and build on her experiences with BSG.