David Hope-Thomson

Principal Ecologist

BSc (Hons), MSc, MCIEEM

Over 10 years’ experience




David is an experienced Principal Ecologist with over 10 years professional experience and holds protected species survey licences for rare reptiles, great crested newt (Class 2) and, a water vole displacement class licence. During his professional career he has worked across a wide array of disciplines including highways, rail and construction including, projects of local to European importance. Of particular note being the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Barking Riverside (UK’s largest ever planning application).  The variety of sectors and projects worked on has given David a wide array of practical experience in Ecology & Environmental legislation, site assessments, species surveys and ecological supervision across the UK.

Particular protected species competencies include badgers, great crested newts, reptiles and water voles.  David also has an excellent understanding of protected species legislation and the 2016 protected species policies prepared by Natural England and approved by DEFRA.  David also has significant experience as an Ecological Clerk of Works across small to large-scale developments such as the Barking Riverside development where he is the Project ecologist.

David enjoys socialising with friends/family and is a keen traveller having visited 23 countries and counting.  He also has a passion for scuba diving and exploring the marine world and regularly seeks out opportunities to come face to face with larger and larger sharks..….perfectly safe he confirms.

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