Paul has worked for over 40 years in ecology and nature conservation. He has experience of botanical surveying in the Lake District, worked as a Warden on North Walney NNR, and led Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s urban conservation, reserves, and wildlife sites work.
While in mid Wales he was part of a team studying Common Toads. He developed Butterfly Conservation’s work in Scotland for over 20 years, with responsibilities at times for Northern Ireland and northern England.
He has experience of land management, particularly for peatland, coastal, woodland and grassland habitats, and has been involved in five public inquiries and has a keen interest in conservation issues in Eastern Europe, particularly Romania and Bulgaria.
Through Kirkland Ecology Paul has carried out contracts for Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), and has also undertaken surveys of marsh fritillaries, natterjack toads, peatlands and woodlands.
A full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management, he also holds an MSc: “Ecology, behaviour & conservation of Erebia aethiops, the Scotch Argus butterfly” from Aberdeen University and a BSc (Hons) Ecology from Durham University.
His recent projects include overseeing species survey, land management advice, peatland restoration and urban conservation projects for Butterfly Conservation.
Contracts carried out for SNH include surveying medicinal leech in Argyll, Islay and the Highlands.
He has also conducted Site Condition Monitoring for Lepidoptera at various SSSI, including Rum and Beinn Eighe.
He also has an extensive list of publications
- Kirkland (1991) Natterjacks in Cumbria. Cumbria Wildlife Trust magazine.
- Kirkland & Bullard (1992) Butterflies in Cumbria. Cumbria Wildlife Trust magazine.
- Kirkland (1995) A review of the distribution, ecology and behaviour of the Scotch Argus Bulletin of the British Ecological Society 26 (2): 95-102
- Kirkland (2000) The Scotch Argus butterfly: A guide for land managers. Butterfly Conservation leaflet.
- Kirkland (2004) Ecology, behaviour & conservation of Erebia aethiops, the Scotch Argus butterfly. MSc thesis, Aberdeen University
- Kirkland (2005) The Scotch Argus. Butterfly 89: 23-25. Butterfly Conservation, Wareham
- Kirkland et al (2012) Site Condition Monitoring of Invertebrate Assemblages at 10 Designated Sites in Scotland. Report to Scottish Natural Heritage.
- Kirkland (2012) The enigmatic Erebia – the Scotch Argus in Britain. British Wildlife23 (3): 179-185.
- Kirkland (2013) Further observations on the Scotch Argus butterfly Erebia aethiops. Atropos 49: 31-4
- Kirkland (2013) European medicinal leech Hirudo medicinalis in Scotland: Surveillance 2012. Scottish Natural Heritage Report No. 597
- Kirkland (2017) European medicinal leech Hirudo medicinalis surveillance in Scotland. Report to Scottish Natural Heritage.
- Maes, Verovnik, Wiemers, Kirkland et al. (2019) Integrating national Red Lists for prioritising conservation actions for European butterflies. Journal of Insect Conservation 23, 301–330
- Waddell, Neath, & Kirkland, (2005) Recent high altitude observations of Scotch Argus Erebia aethiops in Scotland. Atropos, 26: 20-22