Bob has been employed full-time as a Senior Field Ecologist with NRP since 2003.
He is involved in conducting generic day to day surveys and species–specific surveys at a range of potential and constructed wind farm sites, mainly across Central Scotland. He has also participated in specialist studies for NRP which have taken him to Shetland, Wales, Ireland, Poland & Kazakhstan. In Kazakhstan he was involved, over three breeding seasons, in collecting field data for a Natural Research-funded PhD study on Pallid Harrier and Montagu’s Harrier. In Poland and Ireland, he was involved in training local field surveyors in SNH-based methods of recording flight activity and other survey protocols, prior to commencement of work on potential wind farm sites in those countries.
He has attended the many NRP training courses, including height-distance estimation and first aid and is trained to mountain leadership standard.
Bob has a life-long interest in birds, specializing in moorland & upland communities. Bob is a long standing member of South Strathclyde Raptor Study Group and currently Merlin co-coordinator for the group. He has been studying upland raptors under licence from SNH since 1983. Prior to joining Natural Research (Projects), Bob carried out bird survey work for Scottish Coal and various consultancies.