James joined BSG Ecology’s Newport office in March 2017 as an Ecologist, having previously worked with the company on a part-time basis.
James has undertaken survey work across a range of projects, including; wind farms, heritage buildings, residential and commercial developments and infrastructure schemes. James is an accomplished ornithologist of more than ten years and frequently conducts a range of bird survey methodologies. His work also involves regular survey of a variety of protected species, particularly; bats, great crested newts (for which he holds a level 1 Natural Resources Wales survey class licence) and reptiles (including slow-worm translocation). He also has experience in dormouse, otter and water vole survey, and often works alongside contractors in an Ecological Clerk of Works role. James regularly produces fee proposals and a range of reports, and undertakes analysis of large bat call data sets.
Previously James has worked as a volunteer with NRW at their Newport Wetlands reserve, where he gained experience conducting surveys targeting a range of species and genera including bearded tits, shrill carder-bees, butterflies and wetland birds during BTO winter counts.
He has a BSc degree in Zoology from Swansea University where he undertook a dissertation project entitled ‘bird movements in the area of the proposed tidal lagoon, Swansea Bay’, looking primarily at the movements of gulls using radar technology.