Supporting Professional Development: Jamie Peacock achieves Freshwater Biological Association Accreditation

Supporting Professional Development: Jamie Peacock achieves Freshwater Biological Association Accreditation

Consultant Ecologist Jamie Peacock has recently achieved Accreditation from the Freshwater Biological Association in the identification of aquatic invertebrates to family level.

This required attendance at a three day course at Field Studies Council Castlehead, Cumbria, during which the identification of the freshwater macroinvertebrate families used for biotic assessment (BMWP, WHPT, LIFE and PSI) were all covered.  Invertebrate groups studied included Trichoptera, Plecoptera, Ephemeroptera, Coleoptera, Diptera, Crustaceans, Molluscs and Hemiptera (True bugs).  At the end of the third day Jamie completed an assessment which involved having to identify 50 invertebrate samples to family level in one hour. Jamie demonstrated his capability by achieving 100%.

Jamie has a background in aquatic ecology. this includes a degree in Aquaculture and Sports Fishery Management from Portsmouth University (2011) during which he studied the ecology of fisheries on UK river systems. He is keen to further develop his freshwater expertise in a consultancy environment, and accreditation is an important step in helping Jamie develop his skill set. Next steps are likely to involve becoming more practiced at determination of samples to species level.

BSG Ecology is investing heavily in invertebrate training (in survey and in the determination of samples), as it helps our staff develop as rounded ecologists while increasing our existing company-wide capability in this area.

You can read more about our invertebrate capability here: Invertebrate Survey & Mitigation

If you would like assistance with an invertebrate survey, please contact one of our offices.

 

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