Last week, David Dodds came to tell us all about what it’s like to be an ecological consultant who specialises in bats!
So what do ecological consultants actually do?
- Their main aim is to limit the damage done by people such as developers (the bad guys!), so what thet do isn’t really conservation – more like prevention!
- They advise developers on things like wildlife laws, licenses for development, and moral obligations
- Their jobs involve LOTS of fieldwork! They are always having to do wildlife surveys and research on behalf of their clients.
- Unfortunately, this also means LOTS of report writing, which often end up in courts of law.
- A lot of teamwork is involved, working with people from lots of different ecological disciplines on one site, and there is lots of talking and careful planning!
- Work can often be seasonal, especially if you work with bats!
- Also often requires antisocial hours and lots of travelling to various sites
- Most importantly – although we’re all here for our love of wildlife – ecological consultants have to be able to deal with people too! A LOT! It’s important in this job that you can talk to people and be able to influence their decisions!