As of December 2019 I am now fully self-employed. I am nearly fully booked for 2020 already so please get in touch quickly if you need any surveys and advise. Here is a quick list of what I can provide.
  • Construction of monitoring strategies for sites and networks of sites
  • Invertebrate surveys. Main areas include: beetles, bugs, spiders, aculeate Hymenoptera, molluscs, larger flies, moths & butterflies, myriapods & isopods, dragonflies & damselflies, crickets & grasshoppers. Aquatic invertebrates. My surveys are very structured to inform issues associated with management.
  • Vegetation surveys (including bryophytes). From quadrats to distribution maps and counts. 
  • NVC and Phase 1 habitat mapping. Proficient in QGIS.
  • Bioblitzes. As far as I know no one else has recorded 1000 species in 24 hours in the UK other than Dave Green and I...
  • Moth-trapping.
  • Bird surveys: CBC, BBS, winter surveys, WeBS, point counts etc.
  • Creation and maintenance of annotated pan-species lists for sites.
  • Management advice and management plans.
  • Compilation of records using Recorder 6.
  • Interpretation of surveys and data into meaningful habitat management advice and actions.
  • Teaching. Courses include grasses, sedges & rushes, bugs, beetles, spiders, bryophytes, NVC, birds, vascular plants or any of the above.
  • Site assessment, incorporating pretty much all of the above.
  • Writing for magazines and social media.
  • Something you don't see above? Give me a shout and it may be possible to create a project.
Although my work is technical and scientifically robust, it is delivered in a way that makes it extremely easy to read, as I specialise in the interpretation. I encourage site staff and volunteers to attend any of my surveys, free training as it were. Be warned you'll have to work for it but extra sweep nets and beating trays equals more records for your money, so you get better value too and have a good laugh along the way whilst learning something about your site. Sometimes learning where to find invertebrates is better than learning to identify them as a site manager and you'll come away with a greater understanding of habitat management for invertebrates than the report alone will ever provide.

So if you would like to hire me for any of the above, please get in touch.

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