John joined NRP as a Field Ecologist in March 2013.
He is involved in conducting generic day to day surveys and species–specific surveys at a range of potential wind farm sites, mainly across southwest Scotland. John has received appropriate training through NRP courses, such as height and distance estimation, and use of SPOT messenger, to complement his considerable field skills and experience.
Since graduating with an Ecology degree from Edinburgh University in 1976, John has worked continuously in nature conservation in the UK and abroad. This commenced with a series of contracts for various conservation bodies including the Nature Conservancy Council and the RSPB, mainly involving ornithological survey work and research, and later in nature reserve management. During this period, John travelled and worked extensively in southern and eastern Africa and Nepal. In Nepal, John carried out forest bird surveys for Birdlife International involving organising expeditions to remote forests in eastern Nepal as well as bird surveys in various national parks including Chitwan.
Eventually John settled down and secured the post of Reserve Manager with Scottish Natural Heritage in Argyll, a position he held for 23 years. During this period highlights included managing habitats for rare butterflies and developing three National Nature Reserves for visitors to enjoy. At home in Argyll, John continues to pursue his special interests in raptor monitoring and Lepidoptera.