Andrew Baker FCIEEM
Ecology is all about problem solving; making the connections between often disparate pieces of evidence and seeing the opportunity in every situation. There is absolutely no chance of getting bored!
When I’m not at work
I’m usually in the proximity of good quality beer or learning tunes on one of a number sadly neglected instruments (guitar, mandolin, octave mandola). Then it’s onto making the dream of a carbon neutral, underground house in the Peak District a reality.
Thing you’d never guess from the photo…
I’m not easily frightened by opposing barristers.
Kelly Clark MCIEEM
My love of wildlife comes from being brought up on a farm. I became an ecologist after working in the city and realising I wanted to escape the hustle and bustle. I am an all round ecologist with particular interest in habitats and protected species. I have an interest in botany also, and I do enjoy a good old phase 1 habitat survey, which I believe is a very important survey to get right. I have worked on a wide range of projects from barn conversions and reptile translocations, to wind farms and urban extensions, and it’s rare that two will have the same issues.
When I’m not at work
As I have dogs, I will be walking in the woods with them, squeezing in a bike ride or trail run, or catching up on much-needed sleep (especially in the key survey season). When outdoor activities are not an option, I aim for some combination of good food, beer and music if I’m lucky.
My best wildlife moment
Even after all these years ‘on the job’, I still get perfect wildlife moments, almost made for Springwatch! Once, sitting at the bottom of a hedgerow counting lesser horseshoe bats at dawn (which is quite a rare survey in itself for a Midlander!), a hedgehog came trundling along right next to me – we both made each other jump and he went into the tiniest ball before getting brave a few moments later and trotting off in the other direction. And sometimes, I am lucky enough to see everything together: like doing great crested newt surveys at a picturesque pond, while watching bats flying above by moonlight.