Steve has worked in fisheries, ecology and nature conservation since 1992 and joined BSG Ecology in 2004.
Steve has experience of dealing with a wide range of clients including water companies, local authorities, Government agencies and industry and he has worked on a diverse range of projects including masterplans, infrastructure, renewable energy, housing, industrial and research projects. He has detailed experience of developing mitigation proposals and preparing Ecological Impact Assessments. He has Public Inquiry experience preparing proofs of evidence and supporting statements for planning appeal inquiries.
Steve has experience in a number of specialist areas including riverine and stillwater ecology, water quality, fisheries, habitat assessment and restoration and marine inter-tidal ecology. His work has often included the assessment of impacts on nationally and internationally designated wildlife sites including Appropriate Assessment. He has worked extensively with protected species, including badger, bats, otter, red squirrel, white-clawed crayfish and great crested newt. He holds protected species survey licences issued by Natural England and Scottish Natural Heritage for great crested newt and bats and he holds a conservation licence for white clawed crayfish in England. Steve has also held development licences for many of these species.
Steve has an excellent working knowledge of nature conservation legislation and policy, and its practical application working on projects in the UK and Eire. He also has a good understanding of key over-arching European legislation that is likely to have a significant impact on ecological monitoring, protection and enhancement in the future, such as the Water Framework Directive and the Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive. Steve also has a good understanding of the planning system and the requirements of Scottish Planning Policy and the National Planning Policy Framework.
Prior to joining BSG Ecology, Steve worked for the Environment Agency and in a multi-disciplinary consultancy.