James has worked in ecology and nature conservation since 1990. Prior to helping set up BSG Ecology in 1997 he was a conservation officer with the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and worked for another independent consultancy.
James has managed and delivered ecological consultancy contracts of all sizes, including wide-area survey projects for local authorities, public utility framework contracts, ecological masterplanning and ecological impact assessment, research for government agencies as well as for UK government Northern Ireland governments. He has a track record in the provision of support and secondment services to public bodies, having worked with several planning authorities, Environment Agency, and Natural England; and he works regularly with many key commercial clients.
James’ consultancy services are founded in a wide range of field skills and on top of his botanical training and development he has worked extensively with protected species including badgers, bats, reptiles, crayfish and great crested newts and has held numerous survey and development licences from Natural England, Welsh Government and DEFRA.
He has a particular interest in the practical application of nature conservation legislation and policy and has experience of this from the standpoint of both the private and regulatory sectors. His day to day work is on a wide range of ecological issues for clients from all sectors, and he has presented evidence at local plan and planning appeal inquiries.