Joanne joined BSG Ecology as an ecologist in March 2018.
She has experience in the survey of great crested newt, bats, reptiles, dormouse, breeding and wintering birds, and a good grounding in their legislative protection.
Joanne has been involved in projects from a variety of sectors including renewable energy (wind and solar), infrastructure (electricity cable routes), residential development, public sector (particularly schools and health care facilities) and minerals sites. Her wind farm experience includes pre-construction bat survey based on industry standard guidance and post construction monitoring using search dogs at sites in Wales, Ireland and Scotland. She has also completed bat and reptile monitoring in association with redevelopment of minerals sites, phase 1 habitat and bird surveys for solar farm applications.
Joanne holds a Bird Ringing C permit, is proficient in identification of passerines by sight and sound, and is concentrating on continuing to develop her ornithological survey skills. She is also working toward her great crested newt survey licence and has experience of survey / translocation work while acting as a Named Assistant on a European Protected Species Mitigation Licence, and as an Accredited Agent during pond clearance work. She has also developed her GIS and project management and analytical skills through training, attending client meetings and the production of a wide variety of written outputs.
Joanne has a BSc in Zoology, for which she carried out a research project investigating the diet and sex ratios of migrating storm petrels captured on their northward migration. She has also studied for a post-graduate certificate in ecological survey techniques with the University of Oxford, which she passed with Distinction. She is an active member of Gower Ringing Group, a keen birdwatcher and has spent time volunteering for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) and the RSPB.