A recent addition to the Inverness office, Thomas joins Nevis Environmental with a wealth of experience and a passion for conducting ecological surveys. His experience encompasses two and half years of environmental consultancy work across Scotland for renewable energy projects in Caithness, Sutherland, Aberdeenshire, Moray and the Western Isles. Thomas also has experience of conducting curlew research for the RSPB in Caithness and Seabird research and Osprey conservation for the Scottish Wildlife Trust in Sutherland and Perthshire. Most recently he has worked for an ecological consultancy in Orkney, where he managed ecological surveys and data related to marine renewable energy, onshore wind and aquaculture projects.
Before beginning his career in ecological consultancy, Thomas completed a tailor made 18-month training programme with The Scottish Wildlife Trust in Ecological Surveying Skills, travelling the length and breadth of the country covering everything from black grouse surveys in Argyle, beaver surveys at the Knapdale trial project and radiotracking Liesler’s bats on the isle of Arran.
Since joining Nevis Thomas has already been out making the most of the beautiful spring weather surveying Hen Harriers and other breeding birds in Caithness and displaying golden eagles in the Monadhliath.
Thomas complements his experience with a MRes Ecology and Environmental Sustainability and a BSc Tropical Environmental Science from the University of Aberdeen. For these degrees he studied the impact of disturbance on dung beetles in the Honduran cloud forest and of heather burning regimes on ground beetle communities in the Scottish uplands.
He is a committee member of the Highland Ringing Group (HRG) and holds a C – permit for bird ringing; a member of Grampian Ringing Group (GRG), the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), Scottish Ornithologists Club (SOC), the Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT) and of the Marine Conservation Society (MCS).
He enjoys nothing more than being outdoors in the highlands and spends his free time climbing mountains, mountain biking, road cycling, trail running and exploring far flung areas of Scotland whenever possible. Last summer he travelled to the remote uninhabited islands of Swona and Pentland Skerries in Orkney to help conduct voluntary seabird research, placing geotracker devices on seabirds and this autumn he took some time out to learn about farming for conservation by using organic sustainable practices.