Sophie joined BSG Ecology in May 2018 as an ecologist and is based in the Hathersage office; prior to this she worked as an ecological consultant in the sports industry, predominantly focussed on golf courses, for two and a half years.
Sophie’s work includes protected species survey, extended Phase 1 habitat survey and the preparation of mitigation and management plans. Sophie is also involved in the writing of reports and other desk based studies. Sophie has experience of carrying out surveys for reptiles, badger, bats and water vole and she is currently working towards a Natural England Level 1 Survey class licence for great crested newt.
Sophie is a qualified tree climber and hopes to use this skill to bring her closer to gaining a Natural England protected species survey licence for bats, having already built up a substantial log book of bat surveys through her professional work and voluntary work with South Yorkshire Bat Group.
Another interest of Sophie’s is invertebrates and she is gaining experience in a variety of survey techniques within a wide range of habitat types to inform planning applications and targeted land management plans for invertebrates. Her work volunteering at Clumber Park, a National Trust property, has allowed Sophie to build up her knowledge of many of the UK’s butterfly, damselfly and dragonfly species and she is keen to develop this further to learn about other insect groups.