Duncan joined Natural Research (Projects) in March 2009 and is currently employed as a full-time Field Ecologist. In this role, he undertakes generic day to day and focussed species surveys, mainly in Central Scotland and Argyll. Duncan’s time with NRP has also included commercial research into the impact of wind farms on the Red Kite population of central Scotland, involving radio tracking Red Kites and conducting searcher and carcass removal trials to estimate rates of turbine strikes.
As for all NRP field staff, Duncan has successfully completed a range of training courses, including rock climbing, first aid and height-distance estimation.
Duncan previously worked for the Woodland Trust Scotland and then for the RSPB for nine years in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park at Inversnaid Reserve. He was also RSPB’s Red Kite officer in Central Scotland, when he was involved in radio telemetry and individual kite survival monitoring. A member of Central Scotland Raptor Study Group since 1999, he is the group’s co-ordinator for Hen Harrier, Merlin and Short-eared Owl.
Over the years, he has also worked on a wide range of other bird species including Tree Sparrow, Pied Flycatcher, Capercaillie, Peregrine, White-tailed Eagle and Black Grouse. Black Grouse work involved monitoring and finding lek sites, and monitoring deer fences for bird strikes. He has also been involved with Golden Eagle protection watches. Mammal survey experience includes feral goat, Red Fox and Red Deer.