Hello, I’m Andrew. I live in the north of Scotland, and typically work in the Scottish Highlands and Islands as an ecologist, ornithologist and ECoW where I try and offer practical advice and pragmatic solutions to clients’ needs and problems.
I believe in research-led conservation and allowing science to drive the debate. Interested in how technology can help solve the world’s environmental problems rather than adding to them.
In my spare time I like to get out into the wilds of the Scottish countryside so there are a fair few photos on here taken on my days off.
To find out what I am currently working on and interested in, go to my Now page.
I have had a varied working life, starting off in computing in the 1990s and running my own IT consultancy in the 2000s. I then decided to go back to university and follow my passion for wildlife, the outdoors and the environment. Since 2007, I have been working in conservation, firstly as a lecturer, then running my own wildlife tourism business and latterly, ecological consultancy. I moved up to Scotland in 2013 to work as an upland ecologist and ornithologist and have been up here ever since.
My specialism is birds, and my particular passion is waders (the birds not the big wellies used by fishermen) and I have spent a lot of time observing them and studying them. I’ve also volunteered for and am a former trustee of a wader conservation charity called Wader Quest and now sit on their “Wader Guru” panel, answering questions about waders. You can find out more about the conservation charities I support here.
BSc in Environmental Conservation
Ecologist and Ornithologist (Schedule 1 Licence Holder)
Otter Survey Licence Holder
ECoW and EnvCoW
Experienced Environmental Advisor and Manager
IT and Computing Skills
BSc in Computing Science
Proficient in Microsoft Office suite
Spreadsheets and data management