Laura is an ecologist and conservationist with extensive experience of natural resource management. Laura has worked in the environmental sector for over ten years both in the UK and internationally. Arriving to us from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea as a Biodiversity Officer, Laura has also worked ecologically in the private sector, charities such as the London Wildlife Trust and for the Government of Western Australia as a Natural Resource Management Officer. Employment has involved project management, ecological impact assessments, environmental education and ecological consultancy.
Laura has worked for a range of clients in the sectors of agriculture, mining and large-scale infrastructure. UK sites have involved port, residential, large housing and office scheme projects, church, barn and loft conversions. These previous experiences have proved invaluable in helping her when liaising with stakeholders, providing clear and concise advise and on site assistance to ensure suitable working practices are adopted.
She has undertaken protected species, habitat surveys and translocations for a variety of sites and species including bats, water voles, badgers, reptiles and dormice. To support planning applications she has undertaken and written reports covering extended Phase 1 habitat assessments, preliminary ecological appraisals, protected species and BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes assessments.
She has experience of a wide variety of survey techniques, managed habitat creation projects, managed, guided and instructed contractors, led practical habitat conservation group work, managed ecological licence applications, led ecological survey training workshops, supervised site clearance and implementation of mitigation schemes.
Laura is working towards her Bat licence and towards associate membership of CIEEM.