Joe joined BSG Ecology in March 2018. He has a BSc (Hons) in Environmental and Countryside Management from the University of Reading, and an MSc in Ecological Applications from Imperial College London. His MSc research project considered the influence of corvid abundance on breeding success of three thrush species (song thrush, mistle thrush and blackbird) on hill-edge farmland in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Joe has a long-standing interest in ornithology, and regularly undertakes breeding and wintering bird surveys as part of his role at BSG. His interest and knowledge of British flora has since expanded as a result of using the core botanical skills he gained whilst undertaking an industrial placement year at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. Joe regularly undertakes Phase 1 habitat surveys, and is now gaining experience with condition assessments for biodiversity gain calculations. Joe has applied for his Natural England Level 1 survey license for great crested newt and is working towards survey class licences for bats and barn owl.
Joe manages a range of small and medium-scale projects for BSG in the residential, commercial, heritage and public sectors, and has experience carrying out ecological assessments with a range of complexities.
Outside of work, Joe contributes to a range of surveying and monitoring projects for birds (BTO Breeding Bird Survey, English Winter Bird Survey, Garden Birdwatch and Nest Record Scheme) and mammals (BBOWT Water Vole Recovery Project), and keeps field notes on a range of taxa to improve his skills and knowledge. He is also a member of several conservation organisations, including the BTO, Bat Conservation Trust, Butterfly Conservation and local Wildlife Trust.