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 EnvironmenNo hat smiling 2014tal 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.  From 2001 to 2012 he was the leading ecologist and Director of Ecology at a major international engineering and environmental services consultancy, winning and delivering some of the largest ecological projects ever undertaken in the UK. These included: the Network Rail Ecology Services Framework for the Thameslink Programme, the ecological clearance of 196 hectares of the London Gateway site, bespoke surveys of the canal network between Manchester and London for the water grid project and major housing and infrastructure schemes across the UK.

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 licences for bats and great crested newts.

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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Richard Graves Associates was established in 2012 to provide ecological consultancy to the development industry

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