Steve holds survey licenses for both great crested newts (GCN) and white clawed crayfish for Natural England and Natural Resources Wales.
Steve has provided ecological advice and support for a wide variety of projects on sites across the country, working both as supporting team member and lead ecologist.
He is currently providing support for three overlapping projects on sites along the River Avon in Bath: Bath Quays South, Bath Quays Bridge and Bath Quays North, advising the individual project managers and helping each gain planning consent. A key issue across the sites was lighting impacts relating to bat activity along the river corridor, a Site of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI) which provides supporting habitat for horseshoe bats associated with the Bath and Bradford-on-Avon Bats Special Area of Conservation (SAC) roost sites. He has worked closely with lighting engineers and designers to provide acceptable options for the client, liaising with local authority ecologist and a Natural England advisor to ensure impacts to protected species are negligible. This also included a European Protected Species mitigation licence application for loss of a lesser horseshoe bat roost on one of the sites, requiring the design and implementation of a new roosting feature within the permitted scheme.
Steve has gained valuable experience dealing with difficult lighting issues on seven sites along the River Avon. He regularly provides advice and support to colleagues on these issues.
Steve has also been providing support and guidance on the works to repair the dams at the National Trust’s Prior Park Landscape Garden in Bath. Key issues relate to the presence of the highly invasive and destructive signal crayfish which have been tunneling into the dams and banks; impacts to the Prior Park SNCI, a locally important grassland meadow; as well as mitigating impacts to bats, badgers and reptiles.