I undertake ecological surveys with an emphasis on rare and threatened species. Or, if needed, more intensive botanical surveys mapping sensitive and threatened habitats and ecosystems, and plant species of conservation concern.
Knowledge and insight gleaned from 30 years of fieldwork are combined with academic research to provide a high level of service. Ecological and botanical specialist studies have been conducted since 1995 to raise funds for research whilst employed at the McGregor Museum in Kimberley, Northern Cape. Specialist studies in the field and desk-top studies have ranged from assessing the impacts of the development or expansion of mines, quarries, commercial developments and renewable energy facilities to planning biodiversity offsets and conducting biodiversity surveys for conservation areas.
I have been consulting as a free-lance ecologist since 2013. Collaborations include joining forces with Rob Simmons, Marlei Martins and Stephanie Dippenaar of Birds & Bats Unlimited and many other environmental consultancies.
|2005 – 2019||Advocacy – Reviews of EIAs (pro bono).||Various||Reviewer||NGOs – WESSA Northern Cape Region & BirdLife South Africa.|
|2017||Fuel station – EIA fuel station Windsorton, Northern Cape.||Thornveld||Ecological specialist||Fox Corporate Services.|
|2016||Wind farm – Mulilo De Aar 2 Wind Energy Facility quarry sites EIA, Philipstown, Northern Cape.||Eastern Karoo||Botanical specialist||TLB consulting.|
|2016 – 2019||Flamingos – breeding island project, Free State.||Grassland||Specialist advisor||Harmony Gold.|
|2015||Commercial – Multi-purpose development project EIA, Kuruman, Northern Cape.||Kalahari||Ecological specialist||Fox Corporate Services.|
|2014||Biodiversity – 19 assessments of 19 Important Bird and Biodiversity areas for the IBA Directory, South Africa.||Kalahari, Karoo, Grassland.||Ecological specialist & directory co-author.||BirdLife South Africa.|
|2014||Mining – Swartberg Mine Project EIA Ecological Assessment, Aggeneys, Northern Cape.||Bushmanland Karoo||Reviewer||Parsons Brinckerhoff.|
|2014||Mining – COZA Iron Ore Mine EIA, Postmasburg, Northern Cape.||Nama Karoo||Botanical specialist||Synergistics Environmental Services.|
|2013||Ornithological survey – Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary, Mozambique.||Coastal woodland and estuary||Survey team member & co-author||Santuario Bravio de Vilanculos Lda.|
|2013||Protected plant species survey – Black Rock Mine, Hotazel, Northern Cape.||Kalahari||Botanical specialist||Geo-Consult International.|
|2013||Powerline – Groblershoop Garona power line project EIA, Northern Cape.||Upper Karoo||Botanical specialist||ESKOM|
|2012||Solar array – Mainstream Bocluso Solar Energy Project, Keimoes, Northern Cape.||Upper Karoo||Botanical specialist||CSIR Consulting Services.|
|2012||Solar array – Mainstream Douglas Solar Energy Project, Douglas, Northern Cape.||Karoo||Botanical specialist||CSIR Consulting Services.|
|2011||Mining – Gravenhage Manganese Project, Hotazel.||Kalahari||Botanical specialist||Synergistics Environmental Services.|
|2010||Solar array -Copperton Solar Energy Facility Basic Assessment, Northern Cape.||Karoo||Botanical specialist||DJ Consulting.|
|2010, 2004, 2002||Mining – Kolomela Mine projects EIAs, Postmasburg, Northern Cape.||Thornveld savanna||Botanical specialist||Synergistics Environmental Services.|
|2009||Powerline -Schmidtsdrif 132kV power line project, Northern Cape.||Shrubveld savanna||Botanical specialist||ESKOM|
|2008 – 2011||Mining – 11 EIA projects for Sishen Iron Ore Mine expansions, Kathu, Northern Cape.||Kalahari||Botanical specialist||Synergistics Environmental Services.|
|2007||Railway – New rail link Postmasburg to Sishen -Saldanha line, Northern Cape.||Thornveld||Botanical specialist||Synergistics Environmental Services.|
|2007||Airfield – Kathu, Northern Cape.||Kalahari woodland||Botanical specialist||Kumba Resources.|
|2007||Protection of the Kathu camel thorn forest, Northern Cape.||Kalahari woodland||Botanical specialist||WESSA:NC region.|
|2006||Biodiversity Assessment – two potential protected areas, North West Province.||Thornveld||Ecological specialist||North West Parks.|
|2006||Survey of alien invasives – Ulco Mine, Northern Cape.||Thornveld||Botanical specialist||Ulco Cement (Holcim).|
|2004||Strategic Environmental Assessment – Kgalagadi District Municipality.||Kalahari and Thornveld||Botanical specialist||Kgalagadi District Municipality.|
|2003||Mining – Sishen Iron Ore Mine EIA, Northern Cape.||Kalahari and Thornveld||Botanical specialist||WSP Walmsley.|
|2003||Heritage Site – Taung Skull World Heritage Site Nomination.||Thornveld and shrubveld||Botanical specialist||Bapela, Cave & Klapwijk Landscape Architects.|
|2000||Mining – Gamsberg Project EIA, Aggeneys, Northern Cape.||Bushmanland Karoo||Botanical specialist||Anglo Base Metals, Anglo American.|
Pri Sci Nat (reg. no 116472) registered professional in ecological sciences.