Neil has worked in the ecology and conservation sectors since 2003, undertaking work for developers, non-governmental organisations, local authorities and on behalf of other commercial consultancies. He joined BSG Ecology’s Newcastle office in February 2015.
Neil has a wide-ranging experience as a consultant ecologist, delivering the ecological elements of a variety of development projects. These have included large multi-phase residential and leisure schemes, mineral extraction, historical building and bridge restoration, major infrastructure and renewable energy projects. He is experienced in producing ecology chapters for Environmental Statements, and providing advice and guidance to clients on Habitat Regulations Assessment. He has also held protected species development licences for bats.
Neil has a particular interest in mammals, and specialises in bat, otter and water vole ecology. He also has a broad experience of extended phase 1 habitat survey, amphibian and reptile survey and ornithological assessment. He holds both level 3 and 4 bat survey and research licences, in addition to a class 1 great crested newt licence issued by Natural England. He also holds Scottish Natural Heritage Science, Research and Education licences for both bats and great crested newts and is licensed to disturb, and use invasive techniques to survey for bats by the National Parks and Wildlife Service in the Republic of Ireland. Neil is a qualified tree climber and has a particular interest in the use of this technique as a means of locating bats within tree roosting features.
Neil has been actively involved with the Warwickshire Bat Group, leading walks, training and co-coordinating a barbastelle bat radio tracking project. More recently he has been jointly leading a project within south Northumberland, which aims to map the distribution of small Myotis bats, and is also researching the distribution of the polecat within the Tyne valley.