Radnorshire Wildlife Consultancy Services
Established in 2006 Radnorshire Wildlife Services is the consultancy arm of the Radnorshire Wildlife Trust. We offer a full range of ecological and landscape consultancy services in mid Wales, the Marches and beyond. We have rapidly built up a wide and challenging portfolio of projects for private and public clients. Through our staff, the staff of the Trust and through our associates we have access to a wide range of expertise. We can draw on local experience and knowledge to offer cost-effective wildlife services of interest to land owners, other consultants, local authorities and government agencies.
RWS has ISO 9001 accreditation which guarantees a recognised standard of quality management. We are a member of the Association of Wildlife Trust Consultancies, a network of 23 consultancies throughout the UK (see www.awtc.co.uk) All profits are used to benefit wildlife conservation in this beautiful part of Wales.
Areas covered include:
Habitat and species surveys and monitoring
Assessment of development impacts including Environmental and Ecological Impact Assessments
Advice on protected species licence requirements and site works
Land management advice
Interpretation, education and training
Feasibility studies, research and analysis
In some cases we are also able to offer labour and equipment for work on sensitive sites
Phil Ward is the Consultancy Manager. He has over 25 years' experience in wildlife habitat management, wildlife survey and species recording. He is also a part-time field tutor for Aberystwyth University, specializing in invertebrates, is vice-county beetle and invertebrate recorder for Radnorshire, secretary of the Radnorshire Invertebrate Group and holds a British Trust for Ornithology Bird Ringing License since 1987.
Rebecca Brooks BSc MSc MIEEM is our Senior Ecologist. Rebecca is a protected species specialist with licences covering bats, dormouse, barn owl, white clawed crayfish and great crested newt. Rebecca also has extensive experience of surveys for badger, water vole, otter and reptiles, NVC, hedgerow and aquatic macrophyte surveys, and extended Phase I surveys. She has worked on Environmental Impact Assessments and on BREEAM assessment.
Katie Gaisford BSc AIEEM Ecologist, is a zoologist with extensive experience of aquatic surveys. She holds CCW licence for GCN. Katie also has valuable expertise in GIS and operates our Mapinfo system.
Our regular sub-contract staff include:
Julia Williams, Fiona Luckhurst and James Bisset who are all very experienced and fully licensed bat workers. They assist with site and activity surveys and provide watching briefs during site development.
Nigel Isaksson is a licensed dormouse worker and a trainee bat worker.
Catherine Etchell MA, Dip LA, CMLI, is our associate landscape architect. She has worked in Wales since 1994 for a wide range of private and public clients.
Ray Woods is a nationally respected botanist and author of The Flora of Radnorshire. Ray provides expertise especially where lower plant surveys are needed.
Stephen Hughes is an economist and a tourism consultant. An expert in ecosystem services, Stephen also has expertise in the economic and social impacts of large-scale land management and rural regeneration projects.
As a member of the Association of Wildlife Trust Consultancies (AWTC) we are also able to draw on the expertise of 26 other Wildlife Trust Consultancies throughout the UK.