BSC MSC CEcol MCIEEM
James has more than 13 years’ experience as an ecological consultant, on a wide range of projects and with a large variety of species and habitats. He formed OS Ecology Ltd in 2019 with Mark Osborne to create a high quality, cost effective ecological consultancy service, providing advice, survey work and reports to a range of clients and purposes.
James has a degree in Zoology with Marine Zoology from the University of Wales, Bangor and a Master’s degree in Environmental Consultancy from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (MCIEEM) and a Chartered Ecologist (CEcol).
He holds the following survey licences from Natural England (NE) and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH):
- Bats – class 2 (NE and SNH),
- Great crested newts – class 2 (NE and SNH),
- White clawed crayfish (NE),
- Freshwater pearl mussel (NE and SNH),
- Natterjack toad (NE).
He has also held a large number of mitigation licences from Natural England for great crested newts and bats, and is a registered consultant on the Low Impact Class Licence for Great Crested Newts. He is registered on the white clawed crayfish maintenance licence and has also been the named ecologist on badger licences, white clawed crayfish conservation licence and freshwater pearl mussel conservation licences. James has also been through the River Habitat Survey training course and has passed the Freshwater Biological Association’s macro-invertebrate identification for biotic assessment test.
James has worked on a large range of projects from small scale housing extensions and maintenance works to large scale infrastructure projects, large residential developments and commercial developments. He has also provided expertise to a range of conservation projects, primarily relating to freshwater ecology, delivered training to the Environment Agency and worked on large scale conservation surveys. Clients James has worked with include local authorities, large and small-scale housing developers, demolition contractors, land managers, government organisations, charities, engineering firms, planners and individual homeowners. He is experienced in liaising with local authorities and government bodies ensuring that projects are delivered in a professional, timely and cost-effective manner.