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Professional Ecological Consultant

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Projects can be stressful and time sensitive. I’m here to provide high-quality ecological reports within as short a time frame as possible. Bat surveys, PEA reports and biodiversity checklists. I’m an honest and positive professional whose first priority is always the interests of my clients; providing capability and adaptability.

Having spent the last two decades working in science education communication and laboratory-based research and testing I am now refocusing on applied ecology. Since May 2021 I've been working alongside Gareth Grindle Associates and Hopkirk & Russ Bat Ecology. I’ve been serving clients in the Northern Ireland area. Get in touch to check my availability today.

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Biodiversity Checklist

A comprehensive desk study and site survey to complete the NI Biodiversity Checklist produced by NIEA, NED. Architects' drawings, technical reports, online resources, and various guidance and reference documents are used. This looks at designated sites, priority habitats, protected and priority species.


Bat Surveys

Assessment of habitat suitability and bat roost potential with reference to the best practice guidance produced by the Bat Conservation Trust. Identification of 8 bat species known to be present in Ireland. Use of bat detectors, spectrograph analysis and wider field ecology and survey assessment methodologies.


Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA)

Focus is made on the pertinent issues identified through the NI Biodiversity Checklist using methodologies set out by the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). Mitigation recommendations are made where appropriate such as protected provisions set out in policies NH4 and NH5 of PPS2 for protected species.

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Mrs Childs operates as a freelance field surveyor at Childs Ecological Services and is an Associate of Gareth Grindle Associates. She holds an Honours degree (B.Sc. (Hons.) in Environmental Biology and a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Science Communication (Queen’s University, Belfast 1998 & 2001).

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