Pete has over 14 years postgraduate experience in ecological consultancy and management. He is responsible for co-ordinating and undertaking a wide range of complex ecological survey and assessment work for small to large-scale industrial and housing developments and mineral extraction schemes.
Pete’s main areas of expertise include Phase I habitat surveys and detailed Phase II NVC botanical surveys and analysis. He has proven experience and knowledge of the Countryside Council for Wales and Natural England licensing systems particularly with respect to otter, white-clawed crayfish, great crested newts and badger and the mitigation measures required to secure licence approval.
Pete has extensive experience of liaising and complex negotiation with statutory bodies such as the Environment Agency, Natural England and Wildlife Trusts particularly with regards to the required input into EIA’s, Habitats Regulations Assessments and licensing. He is currently working on a wide range of housing schemes, managing the ecological input into master planning design and EIAs for large scale mineral extraction, industrial and distribution schemes and residential and mixed use developments of up to 15,000 residential dwellings
Pete is a group leader with the Whitlestop Wildlife Watch based in Matlock Bath. Wildlife Watch is the junior branch of The Wildlife Trusts with the aim to encourage children to engage in their environment and the issues affecting it. Watch groups give children opportunities to discover local wildlife and get stuck into practical activities likely to encompass anything from environmental artwork and waste recycling, to barn owl surveys, pond dipping and wildflower fun days. All groups operate within a monitored framework of child welfare and safety and all Watch leaders undergo a thorough recruitment process to check their suitability to work with young people.