Kate has worked in ecological consultancy since 2014, and joined BSG as an Ecologist in March 2017. Prior to joining BSG she worked for a large multi-disciplined consultancy in the South West, where she worked on nationally significant infrastructure projects and highways schemes.
Kate has a broad range of ecological survey experience, and holds Natural England licences for bats (Level 2) and great crested newts. She can design and lead surveys for many protected species groups, and is also experienced in site appraisal and extended Phase 1 habitat surveys. Kate is also involved in the development of mitigation for protected species, including preparation of Natural England European Protected Species Mitigation (EPSM) licences for bats and great crested newts, and site supervision works.
Kate is an experienced project manager, and has provided ecology support to a variety of sectors including residential and commercial developments, renewables and heritage projects. Many of these have required demonstration of biodiversity gain, and Kate is experienced in the practical use (and data collection requirements) of the DEFRA 2.0 net gain metric, as well as working closely with project teams to help maximise the biodiversity value of a project post-development.
Kate has a particular interest in bats. She has a wide range of bat survey experience, including inspections of structures and trees for bat potential and evidence, activity surveys, and assisting with radiotracking and trapping studies. She has a leading role in the analysis and identification of bat calls at BSG, using specialist software. Kate is an active member of local bat groups, and regularly spends her weekends assisting with bat box checks, hibernation surveys and trapping with these groups across the country.