Neil has worked in the ecology and conservation sectors since 2003, undertaking work for a range of 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 projects, mineral extraction, historical building and bridge restoration, major infrastructure and renewable energy projects. Neil has significant experience of providing advice and guidance to utilities clients from the water industry, leading on the ecological elements of water supply, wastewater treatment, Combined Sewer Outfalls (CSO) water storage (dams) and hydroelectric power projects.
He is experienced in producing ecology chapters for Environmental Statements, providing advice and guidance to clients on Habitat Regulations Assessment and the delivery of biodiversity gain using metric calculators. He has also held protected species development licences for bats issued by Natural England and Natural Resources Wales.
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 and Natural Resources Wales, Science, Research and Education licences for bats.
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 is a Chartered Ecologist (CEcol) and a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.
Neil has a personal interest in application and development of eco-system service, natural capital and rewilding.