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 southwest, where she worked predominantly on nationally significant infrastructure projects and highways schemes.
Kate has a broad range of ecological survey experience, and holds Natural England licences for bats and great crested newts. She can design and lead surveys for several protected species groups including amphibians, reptiles, bats, badgers, otter and water vole, 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, as well as site supervision works.
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, emergence/re-entry surveys, and installation of static detectors. She has a leading role in the analysis and identification of bat calls using specialist software. Kate is an active member of various bat groups, and regularly spends her weekends assisting with bat box checks, hibernation surveys and trapping with these groups across the country.