Ornithology & Ecology
Michael holds a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science, University of Ulster, Coleraine, and MSc in Ecological Management and Conservation Biology from Queen’s University Belfast. Michael has worked as a research assistant with the RSPB in NI, looking at farmland bird population responses to Agri-environment Schemes.
He later worked as Conservation Officer with the RSPB, concentrating on the North Antrim Coast and Rathlin Island, working on habitat management projects on priority species such as chough, corncrake and twite. He is the coordinator of an ongoing raptor research project in Inishowen, Co. Donegal and assists with research projects into both buzzard and red kites in NI. He has presented work at the Irish Ornithological Research Conference in Cork and was co contributor to several other reports presented there. He is also responsible for the Northern Ireland section of the State of Nature Report published by the RSPB and several other UK NGOs.
He has worked as an Ornithologist for several years, working on many bird studies of birds on sites across Ireland. He is currently involved with ecological and ornithological surveys on a number of wind farm sites across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Aside from avian research Michael is also experienced several areas of professional Ecological surveying techniques.
– Breeding & Winter Bird Surveys
– Upland Wader Surveys
– Hen Harrier Surveys
– Vantage Point Surveys
– Phase 1 Habitat Surveys
- Collision Risk Modelling (CRM)
- Ornithological Impact Assessment
- Engagement With Statutory Consultees (NIEA, RSPB, NPWS, BWI, BTO, NIRSG)
- Mitigation Measures
- Habitat Restoration Plans
- Pre, During & Post Construction Monitoring
- Ecological Clerk of Works
- Ecological Surveys and Reports
- Marine Mammal Observation
- Terrestrial mammal surveys
- Phase 1 Habitat Surveys
- Appropriate Assessment
- Natura Impact Assessment
- Habitat Regulation Assessment
- Ornithological surveying and reporting