John joined BSG Ecology in March 2014; he has worked as an ecological consultant since 2005. John has a strong interest in birds, mammals and herpetology.
His project experience includes residential and commercial developments, solar farms, single turbine and larger scale wind farms, rail and road schemes and new nuclear construction. He is experienced in producing technical reports including baseline reports, environmental statements, method statements, ecological management plans and biodiversity gain assessments.
John has undertaken ornithological surveys in a range of habitats across Britain, including breeding bird surveys, vantage point surveys for wind farms, and intertidal surveys for coastal developments. He has also worked on a number of projects monitoring disturbance to ornithological features of designated sites both in coastal and inland habitats. He holds a Natural England survey licence for barn owl.
He has extensive experience of carrying out mammal surveys, including dormouse, otter, water vole, badger, bats and red squirrel. John holds survey licences for dormouse and great crested newt. He also holds European Protected Species (EPS) development licences for dormice and great crested newt. He has worked on a number of badger sett closure projects and holds a class licence for this.
John is a Chartered Ecologist (CEcol) and a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. He graduated from the University of Surrey, first in 2003 with a degree in Zoology, and subsequently in 2005 with an MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation. John is a member of the British Ornithologists’ Union and British Trust for Ornithology. He regularly contributes to volunteer survey schemes such as the Nest Record Scheme and Breeding Bird Surveys and has contributed to the species account revisions for Bird of Berkshire – 2nd edition (2013).