Sam joined Bioscan in 2003 after graduating with an honours degree in Ecology from Lancaster University and following short periods with Hastings Borough Council and as a trainee Conservation Ranger in Rye Bay. He was made a senior consultant in 2007 and a principal consultant in 2019. He is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).

Sam has long and extensive experience of managing a broad variety of projects, from survey through to reporting and presentation of evidence at inquiry. He is adept at efficient co-ordination of large-scale projects requiring multi-disciplinary survey teams and substantial reporting outputs such as EIA and HRA. Sam’s particular areas of technical expertise include habitat and protected species surveys and licensing, in particular related to bats, badgers and great crested newts for which he holds both survey and development/mitigation licences.

Sam is also registered to use the Low Impact Class Licence for bats which offers a streamlined route to securing derogation for the more commonly encountered bat species and their roosts. With a high degree of familiarity with the planning and legal framework related to ecology, Sam is also well placed to provide valuable strategic advice at pre-purchase, application and post-application stages, and generates a significant volume of repeat business due to his diligence and client care and the results he achieves.