Kirsty Macdonald

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Kirsty Macdonald

Environmental Advisor

Marine Biology graduate, Kirsty, joined the team in January 2017 as an Environmental Advisor. Kirsty comes to Nevis with a wide range of experience having worked as a Marine Mammal Observer, an ECoW and having carried out numerous protected species surveys. She will be based in our Inverness office and is keen to further her career in the environmental sector. We are excited about the marine expertise that Kirsty brings, aiding our ability to diversify our offering.  

Kirsty acted as the MMO for the Highland Council’s Flood Alleviation Scheme in Inverness, monitoring the piling works and the local population of bottlenose dolphins. She has also carried out ECoW duties on both windfarm and hydro scheme sites. Surveyed for numerous species including Schedule 1 birds, otters, badgers, water voles, fish, bats and red squirrels. Kirsty was recently involved with carrying out monitoring of golden eagles during construction of a hydroscheme on the west coast of Scotland. She is also qualified in electrofishing and has carried out fish surveys for onshore wind developments. Kirsty understands the need for renewable energy in order to target climate change and therefore protect our wildlife.

Having grown up and worked in the local area, Kirsty has great knowledge of the Highlands. Prior to consultancy, Kirsty worked with the marine conservation charity, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, monitoring the population of bottlenose dolphins and educating the public on our local marine wildlife. Out with work, Kirsty is a keen scuba diver and marine wildlife enthusiast, volunteering for a marine wildlife rescue charity.