Alistair is a conservationist, local authority biodiversity officer and field ornithologist with over 10 years of employment and research experience in the biodiversity sector.
Areas of expertise:
Biodiversity | Conservation | Ornithology
Alistair is a conservationist, local authority biodiversity officer and field ornithologist with over 10 years of employment and research experience in the biodiversity sector, including roles with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the University of Glasgow, North East Scotland Biological Records Centre and MacArthur Green Limited.
He has an MA (Hons.) in Architectural Design from the University of Edinburgh and a BSc (Hons.) in Zoology from the University of Glasgow.
His project work includes the production and implementation of the North Ayrshire Local Biodiversity Action Plan 2019-2031 (NALBAP 2019) and the development and coordination of the North Ayrshire Biodiversity Partnership as a forum for collaborative biodiversity action.
He also worked on the production of the North Ayrshire Council’s Biodiversity Duty Report 2015-2018 and the design and delivery of pollinator habitat enhancements along two active travel routes within North Ayrshire.
Other work that Alistair has been involved in includes the development and implementation of the Garnock’s Buzzing partnership project with RSPB, SWT, Buglife and SRUC. He has also participated in advisory panels including the Garnock Connections Landscape Partnership Scheme Natural History Working Group.
Alistair has conducted breeding Bird and Vantage Point Surveys for proposed and operational onshore wind farms across central Scotland (confidential sites) to inform planning and mitigation measures and also survey and monitoring of bird populations across Tayside and Fife including Birds of Conservation Concern red-listed and amber-listed species. This survey work required a Schedule 1 License including species in schedules 1A and A1.
Leading a team of nine to complete an incident-free canopy access research program in lowland Amazonian rainforest, he employed census techniques for birds, mammals and amphibians to assess the value of regenerating secondary rainforest to biodiversity conservation.Our team