Owain has worked as a Consultant Ecologist since 2003 and joined BSG Ecology in 2010.
He has technically directed or managed the ecological inputs to onshore wind farms, solar schemes, grid connection projects, power stations (new nuclear and decommissioning schemes), energy from waste plants, parkland restoration schemes, residential and mixed use developments, and provided ecological support to local planning authorities in evaluating the ecological evidence base for planning applications.
Owain has a background and technical expertise in ornithology. He typically co-ordinates and directs support to large or complicated planning applications where birds, protected species and habitats require detailed consideration, and which are subject to Environmental Impact Assessment and / or Habitats Regulations Assessment. He has worked throughout the UK and Ireland, and has a well-developed understanding of legal and policy drivers, experience of stakeholder engagement (through the DNS, DCO and Discretionary Advice processes).
Owain is a Full Member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) and a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv). He has a particular interest in developing the career opportunities and capabilities of staff, and in collaborating with academic institutions to raise the profile of the profession. He is also an active bird ringing trainer and A Permit holder. He rings at Natural Resources Wales’ Oxwich Marsh National Nature Reserve, where he has co-ordinated the capture and processing of well over 30,000 birds since 2014. Owain is also the Chairman of the Gower Ornithological Society (covering the counties of Swansea and Neath Port Talbot) and site on the Glamorgan Rarities Committee (which invigilates records of scarce birds across much of South Wales)