Joanne joined BSG Ecology as an ecologist in March 2018 and is based in the Newport office. She has gained experience carrying out a variety of protected species surveys for bats, water voles, great crested newts, breeding birds and reptiles. She has also assisted on Phase 1 Habitat surveys. Joanne is currently working towards her great crested newt licence, and is keen to also start working towards a bat licence by volunteering with local bat groups outside of work.
Joanne’s experience as a trainee bird ringer with Gower Bird Ringing Group has fuelled her passion for ornithology; however she also has a general interest in all protected species and is keen to further develop her knowledge and field skills. As well as gaining further field experience, Joanne is currently developing her bat data analysis, report-writing skills and has taken on management of a number of small projects.
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 modules included GIS, Data Analysis, Surveying Vegetation and Surveying Birds, and her field project looked at the prevalence of papillomavirus in the Oxwich Marsh chaffinch population. Joanne has recently achieved her qualifying membership to the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). Joanne is a keen birdwatcher and has previously volunteered for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) and the RSPB.