Richard Graves Profile
Founder Richard Graves has over twenty years’ experience practising in ecology, moving into consultancy in 1999. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM), one of fewer than 60 individuals honoured by the Institute for their outstanding contribution to the profession of ecology and environmental management. Richard is also one of the first Chartered Ecologists in the British Isles, recognising those who provide the highest levels of professional practise and set an example for others. In 2012, he established Richard Graves Associates, which provides ecological services for development schemes of any size and for the private, public, NGO sectors and private individuals including projects in: infrastructure housing, transport, education leisure and industry
Richard has considerable experience as an ecologist with particular strengths in protected species, survey design, managing ecological issues throughout the development process and auditing and reviewing work undertaken by other ecological consultants. Richard has acted as an expert witness for Chancery Court proceedings, planning inquiries, Transport and Works Act Inquiries, Inclosures Act Inquiries and Scottish Recorder’s Inquiries.
Richard is a nationally recognised expert in bat ecology and bat surveys and was a contributing editor to Bat Surveys Good Practice Guidelines (Bat Conservation Trust 2007), is a chapter author of the 2012 good practice guidelines (published March 2012) and part of the technical review panel for the current (2016) bat survey guidance. Richard also holds protected species and mitigation licences for bats and great crested newts and has held licences for badgers.
In addition to providing trusted advice to clients, Richard believes in the development of the wider profession of ecology and contributes personally to this through his involvement with the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. He was formerly honorary treasurer of the institute, responsible for authorisation and
oversight of its finances and, as chair of the membership applications committee between 2002 and 2008, oversaw the membership double and the introduction of the award of Chartered Environmentalist to suitable candidates. He currently contributes to the fellows forum, is a member of the standing disciplinary board and examines candidates for Chartered Environmentalist and Chartered Ecologist awards.
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