I am an independent ecologist, journalist, author, educator and campaigner. I am also one of Avon Wildlife Trust's Wildlife Champions. I have 20 years experience in publishing and 10+ in ecology, plus many more spent as a naturalist exploring the tree of life. My work involves defending and promoting the conservation of protected species and their habitats, creating opportunities for others to make exciting discoveries about the natural world, plus writing, editing, broadcasting and producing written and digital content on nature, science, conservation and environment.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING MSc Biological Recording - Manchester Metropolitan University. Post-Graduate Certificate in Ecological Survey Techniques - University of Oxford. BSc (joint honours) 1st class, Biology and Environmental Science - University of Gloucestershire. NCTJ National Certificate in Newspaper Journalism - Highbury College, Portsmouth.
Professional training: journalism, public administration (local, central, European government), law (wildlife, media, criminal); ecology field skills (FISC botanist, PEA, Phase 1 & NVC habitat surveys; species identification & survey methods for plants, mammals, invertebrates, birds, reptiles, amphibians); bat roost inspection & sound analysis; mitigation and translocation; habitat creation; GIS; statistics; scientific report writing; lab methods (geochemistry, soils, water quality, biology); risk assessment; teaching. I have extensive science fieldwork experience, largely in the UK; some experience in tropical and Mediterranean habitats. EXAMPLES OF CLIENTS AND/OR PARTNERS
Ecology: Nicholas Pearson Associates, Integrated Ecological Solutions Ltd, Simecology, Burrows Ecological, EcoLogic Ltd, Diversity Ltd, Waterman CPM, Tyler Grange, EcoSchemes/Gary Grant, James Dyson, lots of farmers, Avon Wildlife Trust, Butterfly Conservation, Buglife, Bristol Natural History Consortium, Festival of Nature, Get Bristol Buzzing, Association of Science and Discovery Centres, Merlin Housing, University of Reading, St Mary Redcliffe Primary School, Victoria Park Primary School, Ashton Gate Primary School, Horfield Primary School, Bristol Museum and Bristol City Council.
Editorial: Future Publishing (eg Guitarist, Future Music, Edge, Official Playstation, ImagineFX, MacFormat, Computer Arts, contract), Immediate Media, BBC Wildlife, James Pembroke Publishing, Merricks, Reed, Newsquest, Northcliffe, Associated Newspapers, Bristol Voice.
MEMBERSHIPS / AFFILIATIONS
The Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management - member.
Avon Wildlife Trust - tutor, member, honorary Wildlife Champion. One by One Conservation - founder & director. National Dormouse Monitoring Programme - recorder & researcher. Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland - member & recorder.
Bristol Green Capital Partnership - member.
National Union of Journalists - member. Victoria Park Wildlife Group - Wildlife Group leader.
Bristol Naturalists' Society - member, publicity officer, trustee, associate editor.