Meet the Team

Micky Maher

Ecological consultant

Micky Maher : Ecological consultant

Micky is an ecological consultant based between East Yorkshire and Northumberland. He is a specialist ornithologist who also works with and provides mitigation and survey advice for other European protected species, such as great crested newts, bats and sea mammals.

He has worked on numerous building and renewables sites throughout the UK and has surveyed most of Britain’s protected species. As such he is familiar with all of the currently recognised and used census techniques and has an excellent working knowledge of how these are applied in an EIA context.

Over the last thirty years Micky has been employed by some of the leading conservation organisations in Britain including JNCC, SNH, RSPB, BTO The National Trust and The Wildlife Trusts. He is a qualified European Seabirds At Sea (ESAS) trainer for JNCC.

Whilst working for SNH he was the site manager for one of Europe’s largest seabird colonies; and between 2002-2007 he was employed by Shetland Biological Records Centre and was the county bird recorder.

Micky is an acknowledged expert on bird identification and is a current member of the British Birds Rarities Committee.

Micky watches wildlife throughout the world for work and pleasure. He has published several identification papers on birds and authored species accounts for The Birds of Scotland.

micky@ecologicalconsulting.co.uk

Stuart Thomas

Ecologist

Stuart Thomas : Ecologist

Stuart Thomas is a consultant ecologist and ornithologist based near Oswestry in Shropshire. He specialises in bird, bat and great crested newt surveys and holds relevant protected species licences from Natural England (NE) and Natural Resources Wales (NRW).

After graduating with a First Class Degree in Rural Environmental Studies, he worked for the Shrewsbury Countryside Unit undertaking habitat surveys, practical management and re-drafting management plans. He spent three years working for the National Trust on the Farne Islands NNR monitoring the breeding seabirds and grey seals as well as other aspects of the marine environment there.

In 2001 Stuart worked for the US Fish & Wildlife Service in Alaska carrying out breeding bird surveys, large mammal tracking, water quality studies, amphibian studies and marine mammal surveys. On returning to the UK In 2002, he became SNH Site Manager for Noss NNR on Shetland. Then, after a year working for the Manx Wildlife Trust as Site Manager on the Ayres NNR he moved into consultancy.

As a consultant ecologist primarily specialising in ornithology he also holds level 1 & 2 bat survey licences and great crested newt survey licences from both NE and NRW and is a full member of CIEEM. He has undertaken ecological surveys on over sixty terrestrial windfarm projects and twenty offshore projects. He is (European Seabirds At Sea) ESAS trained, a qualified ESAS trainer, and JNCC approved MMO & PSO. To date he has accrued over 2500 hours of offshore work and also led survey teams on a number of seabird and marine mammal projects including the huge Hornsea round three offshore windfarm site in the North Sea.

He regularly undertakes Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIAs) and Preliminary Ecological Assessments (PEA) for developers and other consultancies. He currently works as part of the ornithology ID team at HiDef Aerial Surveying Ltd on the back of providing expert services to over twenty-five consultancies across the UK.

He likes to combine travelling and wildlife photography and has visited a number of countries including Sri Lanka, Maldives, The USA, Canada, Venezuela, Gambia, Morocco, and many countries in Europe.