Nick is a highly skilled botanist, with 17 years’ experience of fieldwork encompassing Phase 1 habitat assessments, National Vegetation Classification (NVC) surveys, aquatic plant surveys (including stoneworts) and bryophyte surveys.
A varied career involving agriculture (farmer) and the non-governmental organisation sector (county Wildlife Trust) prior to joining FPCR in 2013, combined with additional experience accrued since then, have left Nick well-placed to provide a range of services for clients and support for colleagues.
He is experienced in undertaking ecological impact assessments; preparing mitigation and compensation proposals, Water Framework Directive Assessments, Habitat Regulation Assessments, and management plans. Nick also has experience of managing sites for nature conservation and is able to provide expert advice in relation to land management and agri-environment schemes.
Nick’s portfolio includes full project management of both large and small-scale developments, and projects involving Sites of Special Scientific Interest and non-statutory Local Wildlife Sites; the latter being a particular area of expertise.
Nick has appeared as an expert witness at Public Inquiry and provided expert support for colleagues in their Public Inquiry work.
In his spare time Nick is an Associate Tutor for the Field Studies Council and Manchester Metropolitan University, providing accredited tuition on woodland plant, aquatic plant and bryophyte identification. He is the Vice County Recorder for bryophytes in Warwickshire.