Red-throated Divers

I have been working as a freelance ornithological/ environmental surveyor since 2007, and have extensive experience in the following methodologies:


Beached Bird Surveys

Breeding Bird Surveys

Brown and Shepherd Methodology

Colonial Species Counts (including assessing populations of Shag, Black Guillemot, Puffin, Great Skua and Arctic Tern)


Line transects, Point Counts and Point Transects

Otter Surveys

Peatland Restoration Projects

Vantage Point Surveys

Vegetation/Habitat Surveys

Wetland Bird Surveys

Winter Seabird Monitoring (inshore boat-based counts)


Using the above methodologies, I have provided data directly and indirectly for the following:


British Trust for Ornithology

Lerwick Port Authority

Nova Innovation

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Scottish Natural Heritage

Shetland Amenity Trust

Shetland Islands Council

Shetland Oil Terminal Environmental Advisory Group

SSE plc


Various Environmental Consultancies


I have the following accreditations/training etc:


European Seabirds at Sea (ESAS)

Marine Mammal Observer (MMO)

Bio-security training

Health and Safety

Risk management

As a freelance surveyor I carry £2,000,000 in Public Liability Cover and annually hold a Schedule 1 licence.