Joanne joined BSG Ecology as an ecologist in March 2018 and is based in the Newport office.
Joanne has led the bat survey and monitoring work for a number of UK onshore wind farm applications (in Wales, Ireland and Scotland). This has included both pre-construction baseline surveys and post-construction bat fatality monitoring. She has also been involved in bat and reptile monitoring projects at disused quarry sites, and great crested newt surveys/translocations at a site where she assisted the delivery of EPSM development licence work as a Named Assistant.
She has experience in survey for a range protected species, including great crested newt, bats, reptiles, dormouse and breeding birds, and knowledge of industry standard guidance and legislation relevant to them. She has been involved in a variety of sector work including infrastructure, residential development and minerals. Joanne is currently working towards her great crested newt licence, and has started working towards a bat licence. She achieved a bird ringing C permit in 2019, is an active member of Gower Ringing Group, and is developing her bird identification skills (both by sight and song).
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. Her field project looked at the prevalence of papillomavirus in the Oxwich Marsh chaffinch population. Joanne is a keen birdwatcher and has previously volunteered for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) and the RSPB.