James is an ecologist with a passion for wildlife and an appreciation of the restraints and demands on project planning in development, so his talk promises to be an emotive, educational and interactive session. It will cover more than legislation, penalties and allocation of duty of care, and see James discuss wildlife habitats in projects; understanding the different interests of landowners, developers and ecologists; alternative techniques, such as district licensing; the role of the ecology consultant; and the quest for certainty in an ever-changing environment. James will also take great crested newts to the talk to bring the session to life.
“Ecological constraints in relation to development can be seen as just that, ‘constraints’,” says James. “This talk considers how working with the environment can be both positive for business and local wildlife.”
James is currently an associate director at ADAS responsible for managing a team of ecologists and leading eDNA training. His article, ‘Bats and Newts can be turned to your advantage’, was published in Construction News last summer.
The event will take place at the SDC Builders offices in Bedford, UK. For more information, or to attend, please visit the CIOB website.
The event is free to all members of the CIOB. Non-members will be charged £10.
For more information on ADAS, please visit the website.