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ECOSA welcomes back Frances King-Smith, Principal Ecologist

08 November 2016

We are pleased to welcome Frances King-Smith, Principal Ecologist, on her return to work from maternity leave. Reunited with her erstwhile assistant Solomon, Frankie resumes her role as a project manager and field surveyor, as well as mentoring a junior colleague and assisting to advance their technical development.

Frankie says:

“It’s good to be back in touch with my regular clients and projects again, and taking on mentoring within ECOSA. Before going on maternity leave I was accepted onto the Natural England Bat Low Impact Class Licence Registered Consultant training course and I look forward to using this to assist clients in 2017.”

As well as Simon Colenutt, Company Director and Principal Ecologist, after passing the strict course selection process, Frankie is aiming to become ECOSA’s second Registered Consultant in time for the 2017 bat survey season.

Should a bat roost be affected in any way by development proposals, a European Protected Species Mitigation (EPSM) licence is required from Natural England before the development can proceed.

In certain circumstances where the number of individual bats to be affected is small, and they are of the six most common bat species within the UK, ECOSA can offer a quicker route through the licencing process by applying for a Natural England Bat Low Impact Class Licence (BLICL).

The addition of a second Registered Consultant in the ECOSA team will be invaluable to our clients needing to go down the BLICL route.

Frankie’s working days are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Outside of this period, clients can speak to any of her colleagues in the ecology team should they require assistance or general advice regarding ecology on 02380 261 065.

This article was updated on 12th January 2017.

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