Dan joined UES as a sub-contractor in 2019 after graduating from Bangor University with a BSc in Environmental Conservation. During this time, he was in the process of completing a postgraduate degree from Bangor University. After graduating in 2020 with a MScRes in Biological Sciences, he was appointed at UES as a full-time employee. Whilst studying at university, he spent time in South Africa and Kenya and gained field experience as a researcher focussing on the evolutionary function of zebra stripes in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa and habitat utilisation of large mammals in Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya.
In his current role at UES, Dan is responsible for conducting a range of ecological surveys, preparing reports, ecological management plans and planning documents. He is also responsible for taking on board supervisory duties during the various phases of developments as an ecological clerk of works (ECoW).
Dan holds Natural England, Natural Resources Wales and Nature Scot survey licences for bats and great crested newts (GCN), which allows him to legally disturb and handle these species.
Dan holds a level three field identification skills certificate (FISC) from the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland (BSBI), which certifies him as competent to undertake preliminary ecological appraisals.
Dan is also a qualified NPTC Level 2 tree climber and undertakes aerial inspection surveys for bats. He possesses a CSCS card, has undergone asbestos awareness and emergency first aid training, and has PA1 and PA6 qualifications for the hand-held application of pesticides.