Kathryn re-joined UES in 2022 after leaving Kier Highways where she worked as a Senior Ecologist for five years. In her current role as Ecology Project Manager, she manages a team of ecologists as well as leading on large scale projects. This involves preparing reports, providing technical support, and quality assurance for protected species and habitat surveys, species specific mitigation strategies, ecological impact assessments, habitat regulations assessments and biodiversity net gain calculations. Kathryn liaises closely with clients and stakeholders to ensure implementation of surveys and delivery of reports in accordance with project timescales. She frequently works with homeowners, planners, architects, developers, landscape designers and wider project teams on development projects.
Kathryn initially joined UES in 2011 as a Graduate Ecologist after graduating from Cardiff University with a BSc in Zoology, and Swansea University with a MRes in Aquatic Ecology and Conservation.
Kathryn holds Natural England, Natural Resources Wales and Nature Scot survey licences for bats and great crested newts (GCN), which allows her to legally disturb and handle these species. Kathryn has also prepared and secured European protected species (EPS) mitigation licences for bats and GCN.
Kathryn holds a level four field identification skills certificate (FISC) from the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland (BSBI), which certifies her as competent to undertake preliminary ecological appraisals, as well as more complex botanical surveys, such as national vegetation classification (NVC) surveys.
Kathryn is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM), who promote the highest standards of practice through a professional code of conduct and continuing professional development (CPD).