Steve has worked in ecology and nature conservation since 1997, and prior to that he worked in freshwater fisheries for five years. He 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. His work has included Environmental Impact Assessment, Habitats Regulations Assessments, research and training provision, as well as representing clients at Public Inquiry and Planning Appeal.
Steve has undertaken biodiversity gain assessments for clients, working with landscape architects to achieve the best outcomes. He has presented at various seminars on biodiversity gain requirements, providing advice to clients.
Steve has experience in undertaking surveys that include protected species, riverine and stillwater ecology, fisheries, habitat assessment and marine inter-tidal ecology. He holds European Protected Species licences for bats, great crested newt and white-clawed crayfish, and also holds a Bat Mitigation Class Licence (Natural England) and Bat Low Impact licence (NatureScot).
His survey skills are complemented by a good working knowledge of nature conservation legislation and planning policy, together with its practical application in the UK and Ireland. This includes practical experience of the Habitats Regulations Assessment process, which he has applied across a range of large and complex projects.
An important aspect of all the project work that Steve has been involved with is the early identification of ecological issues and constraints and the development of pragmatic and realistic solutions for clients. His experience has allowed him to work with clients to explore mitigation options whilst understanding the other constraints that affect developments.
Steve is a Chartered Ecologist (CEcol), Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.