Simon obtained a first class honours degree in Zoology from Reading University, a qualification that provided him with the skills base for a successful career in the ecology sector. He came to ECOSA in 2011 after working within a local government ecology department where he gained knowledge of protected species legislation and nature conservation designations and their relative positions and merits within the planning system. He has over nine years of experience as an ecologist and seven years of experience within ecological consultancy.
Simon has knowledge of a wide range of taxa and holds protected species licences for bats, dormouse, great crested newt and rare reptiles (smooth snake and sand lizard). He has also achieved Registered Consultant status for the Natural England Bat Low Impact Class Licence (BLICL).
During his time with ECOSA Simon has worked on a wide range of projects including detailed mitigation and compensation projects for dormouse, bats, birds, reptiles and great crested newt. He has over 20 years of ornithological experience and has completed many forms of bird surveys across the UK, as well as being proficient in the use of GIS to assimilate and analyse ecological survey data.
Outside of work Simon helps out with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust co-leading bat and moth events and is Hampshire Ornithology Society’s Conservation Liaison Officer.