Kirsty has worked in ecological consultancy since 2013 and joined BSG Ecology in March 2020.
Her project experience includes residential and commercial development, solar schemes, onshore wind projects, minerals extraction, waste, utilities and transport schemes. She has also completed survey and assessment in relation to works to extend and widen recreational routes.
Kirsty has experience in producing technical reports and Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIA) for schemes that vary in their size and complexity, and led the ecological input to projects requiring biodiversity gain assessments and District Level Licence applications. She is familiar with current legislation and planning policy and negotiates with regulators and consultees to derive practical mitigation methods to minimise impact to protected species and habitats.
Kirsty has experience of leading Phase 1 habitat assessments, protected species presence/likely absence surveys, population assessments and post-development monitoring. She holds licences to survey bats and great crested newts in England and Wales and is working towards achieving her dormouse licence.
Kirsty holds a Master of Zoology degree from Bangor University, which included a research project conducted in combination with the €2 million, multi-agency partnership investigation, The Celtic Sea Trout Project, studying brown trout life history and ecology in UK rivers. In her spare time Kirsty volunteers with Gwent Wildlife Trust contributing to the Trusts Nest Box Monitoring Project as part of the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) Nest Record Scheme.