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DR ANNA BERTHINUSSEN
Ecologist, Modeller, Bat Specialist
Anna has a first-class degree in Zoology and a PhD in Bat Ecology and Conservation. She received The Vincent Weir Scientific Award in 2014 from the Bat Conservation Trust for the significant contribution her work has made to bat conservation.
Anna has worked in ecological consultancy and was a member of the University of Leeds bat research team for seven years. She is competent in all aspects of bat survey work including acoustic surveys and echolocation call analysis, as well as catching, handling and identifying UK bat species. She has a wide range of skills that include field work, project management, data analysis, statistical modelling and report writing, and has published her work in international scientific journals. She has presented at national and international conferences, and has been involved with numerous training events and workshops.
Read about recent projects Anna has worked on here
PROFESSOR JOHN ALTRINGHAM
Ecology and Conservation Advisor
John has over 35 years of research experience, and has studied bats and bat conservation for most of them. He has published over 150 scientific papers and technical reports, and three books on bats. He has sat on a number of advisory panels of the Bat Conservation Trust. He advises Natural England, Natural Resources Wales, the National Trust, county wildlife trusts and others on bat conservation issues and has run training workshops for several of these organisations. He regularly serves as an expert witness on planning issues and has advised European as well as UK organisations on bat conservation.
HOW WE WORK:
- We use a scientific, evidence-based approach for all of our work to ensure that conservation solutions are based on the best available, objective information
- We use systematic, quantitative methods and work to clearly defined goals to reach objective and reliable conclusions
- We work rigorously and to a high standard, while offering competitive rates
- We offer a wide range of services and can provide a flexible tailor-made package to suit your requirements
WHAT IS EVIDENCE-BASED CONSERVATION?
Evidence-based conservation decisions are based on verifiable, objective scientific data. If evidence is lacking, solutions are developed from the best available information and then tested quantitatively to determine whether they are effective in meeting their purpose. A database of evidence and effective solutions is developed, so that conservation practices can be continually improved.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Conservation and planning decisions are frequently based on expert opinion and experience informed by poor and incomplete information. This can lead to inappropriate and ineffective conservation or mitigation solutions. In the absence of quantitative monitoring, success is unjustifiably assumed and poor practice is perpetuated. The result is poor conservation and wasted resources. There is increasing awareness that evidence-based approaches deliver the best solutions.
We believe an evidence-based approach is essential to close the gap between science and conservation practice and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of wildlife conservation.