Peter has been a professional ecologist since 2008 and joined BSG Ecology’s Oxford office in 2013.
Peter currently co-ordinates and undertakes a range of protected species and habitat surveys and has a strong interest in birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. He holds Natural England survey licences for great crested newt, dormouse, barn owl, Chara canescens, smooth snake and sand lizard, and has experience of a range of other protected species and habitats. He holds mitigation licences for water vole, great crested newt and dormouse. Peter has undertaken consultancy work for a range of clients including central government agencies, local authorities and numerous private sector organisations in the urban development, urban regeneration, renewable energy and public realm sectors. His work includes standard ecological assessments, Ecological Impact Assessment (EIA), Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA), devising mitigation and advising on biodiversity gain. He regularly works within consultant teams on large-scale development projects. Peter regularly provides training and talks to the consultancy, public and voluntary sectors and has appeared as an expert witness at public inquiry.
Peter graduated from the University of Southampton with a Master’s degree in Environmental Science. His dissertation, conducted in partnership with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), was on the feeding strategy of Chough, and how understanding this can be used to inform future management for this species. He was subsequently employed by the RSPB, and also spent some time working for Natural England, before moving into consultancy work. The knowledge and understanding gained through working for a charity, in the public and private sectors, has given him a good grounding as a professional ecologist.
Between 2011 and 2013 Pete was seconded to EnterpriseMouchel where he worked in close collaboration with project engineers to ensure that Highways infrastructure maintenance and improvement projects were completed on closely controlled timeframes, whilst complying with environmental legislation. A key element of this was client liaison to ensure all aspects of environmental legislation were met for various technical disciplines particularly including ecology, air quality, cultural heritage, landscape, water and geology.
Peter is a Chartered Ecologist (CEcol) and a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. Outside work Pete is involved in a range of voluntary conservation work in the local area and across the country.