5 April 2017
At WYG, we aim to stand out as an employer. We do this by offering our people real opportunities for learning, career development and rewards. Our ecologists, regardless of grade, receive training, mentoring and support to improve and expand their qualifications and experience.
Meet David Goddard, a Senior Ecologist based at our Leicester office, who we have proudly supported during his nine years at WYG. Here, David tells us more about his role and project experience including sharing his expertise through mentoring and training his colleagues.
“I returned to Nottingham Trent University (NTU) as a mature student and graduated with a BSc Environmental Conservation degree. Whilst I enjoyed studying, I chose to keep abreast of industry and worked as an ecological consultant during my final year. It was around this time that I co-authored a report for English Nature (now Natural England) specifying how to carry out the surveying and monitoring of Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) on all SSSI’s within England.
I started with WYG in 2008 and have since been responsible for delivering ecological projects for a range of clients, developing a specific interest in ornithology and both aquatic and terrestrial invertebrate surveys. It’s because of my interest and experience that I feel confident to share my expertise with colleagues and have delivered internal training to the wider team including on how to conduct invertebrate surveys - what is required, when it is required and how these types of survey should be undertaken.
Sharing expertise has improved the team’s capabilities and has resulted in further work including numerous aquatic and terrestrial invertebrate surveys throughout the UK. This has also allowed me to design and subsequently lead training courses for external companies including Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trusts, BTCV and National Trust.
I’m grateful for WYG’s support over the years allowing me to broaden my abilities by attending relevant courses that cover a wide range of invertebrate species groups such as aculeate hymenoptera (bees, ants and wasps), ground beetles, centipedes, millipedes and woodlice, and site assessment using invertebrates.
To date, one of my project highlights is conducting surveys during two seasons at Thorp Arch, near Wetherby. Following the terrestrial invertebrate surveys and subsequent identification of voucher specimens, I determined that the site was of ‘county significance’ for its invertebrates. This has helped to inform and refine the overall design of the site. The areas of high invertebrate interest have been retained and corridors connecting these areas will either be retained, created and / or enhanced. This allows not only the invertebrates but other species to move within and through the site to the surrounding areas.”
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