Spring is in the air and we are all gearing up for a busy survey season.
With a shortage of experienced Senior and Principal Ecologists available and lots of projects to deliver, this can create a challenge.
In recent years, we have been able to support our clients' ecology teams, by providing high-level technical expertise on projects where there may be a gap in skills or experience, or simply just a shortage of resources available at the right time or in the right place.
Below are just a few examples of how I can input technical expertise at times when it is needed at a Senior or Principal level, often by integrating into the client’s own ecology team or in close collaboration with the team. Face to face meetings and site visits can often be useful as a starting point, but with conference calling and file sharing technology readily available, collaboration on projects can also be done remotely.
- Ongoing additional ecological resource provided to a client’s ecology team within the water sector to cover an area distant from the ecology team’s office base and to cover additional projects while the team are recruiting. This includes undertaking preliminary ecological assessments for new projects, liaison with the client’s project engineers and site managers and follow up project and survey support;
- Providing technical input to develop the Ecology Chapter of an EIA for a large, complex road scheme in the south-east in collaboration with the client’s ecology team;
- Lead surveyor on a range of surveys (reptiles, badgers, great crested newt, dormice, bats) for a housing development project where the client needed a local ecologist to co-ordinate and resource surveys on a project that was distant from their office base. This involved leading a team of surveyors from New Leaf Ecology undertaking the surveys, with data provided back to the client who compiled the Ecology Reports and EcIA;
- Providing a technical lead for great crested newts on two large highways schemes in the south-west of England. During this project I worked in collaboration with the client’s ecology team to develop the survey scope, undertake surveys and deliver a mitigation strategy for great crested newts;
- Technical lead for bats on a rail project in the south-west. This involved collaboration with the client’s ecology team and the provision of a survey team from New Leaf Ecology, providing advice and support to develop the survey scope and mitigation strategy for bats;
I really enjoy working with and collaborating with other ecologists, especially on projects where the focus is on the delivery of large scale benefits for biodiversity, so if you have any projects in mind and would like to work together then please get in touch.