Simon is a Chartered Ecologist with over 14 years of experience as an ecologist, eleven of which have been within ecological consultancy. He came to ECOSA in 2011 after working as an ecologist at Hampshire County Council.
Simon has knowledge of a wide range of taxa and holds protected species licences for bats, dormouse and great crested newt. He is a Registered Consultant under the Bat Mitigation Class Licence (BMCL). Simon is an excellent ornithologist and has been undertaking bird surveys for over 20 years.
Simon has worked on a wide range of projects from small scale housing sites to being the lead ecologist on a 3,500 home urban extension scheme. He has obtained multiple Natural England mitigation licences for bats, dormouse, great crested newt and badger. He has particular experience of technically challenging Natural England licences and has recently obtained bat EPS licences which include rarer species such as Bechstein's bat, Alcathoe bat, barbastelle, Brandt's bat and grey long-eared bat.
Within ECOSA Simon manages a team of ecologists, and is responsible for his teams progression and development. He regularly provides support and guidance to the ecologists in his team.
Outside of work Simon enjoys travelling, bird watching and hiking. He also assists with volunteer ecological surveys for various groups including the British Trust for Ornithology.