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Matthew Levan

55 Bluebell View

Llanbradach

CF83 3GU

07886118488

mattlevanecologist@gmail.com

mattlevanecologist.com

Qualifications:

  • 1999: BSc(Hons) Biological Science, 2:1, University of Sheffield

  • 2004: MSc with Merit, Habitat Creation and Management, Staffordshire University

Professional achievements:

  • Chartered Environmentalist, CEnv, November 2005

  • Full Member of Chartered Institute Of Ecology and Environmental Management

  • Countryside Council for Wales Great Crested Newt Survey License Holder

  • RegisteredPerson under Naturak England class licence WML- CL08 for Great Crested Newt surveys
  • Assistant under English Nature licence to disturb badger sett, 2006

  • Worked as agent under Natural England licence for translocation of great crested newts, 2011

  • CSCS card holder in the Construction Related Occupations category

  • Named ecologist on Iicence from the Welsh Assembly Government to disturb damage or destroy an otter resting place, May 2009

Work History

Feb 2010 – Present

Freelance Ecologist

Self employed ecological consultant combining professional contract work with contributions to research and conservation projects.

Work carried out to date includes.

  • Leading great crested newt and reptile translocation for Froglife Ltd.

  • Providing ecological reports under the Code for Sustainable Homes for a private client

  • Working under contract to Arup including protected species surveys and licence applications and providing an on site ecological presence for several developments including work at the Olympic Park in Stratford.

  • Habitat suitability assessment for reptiles.

Feb 2005 to Feb 2010

Jacobs, Ecologist, UK

Ecologist in a large multidisciplinary consultancy, work delivered included

  • Lead Ecologist for the development of new facilities at Belmarsh Prison, coordinating both surveys and the production of an ecological management plan including the provision of new habitat designed for water voles.

  • Ecological field surveys on a number of high profile road schemes including the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, Replacement Forth Crossing, A465 Heads of the Valleys Road at Clydach Gorge, M4 Cardiff Gate widening and A470 Cwmbach to Newbridge on Wye scheme.

  • Produced ecological impact assessment for otters on the River Wye Special Area of Conservation in relation to the A470 Cwmbach to Newbridge on Wye and contributed to appropriate assessment and ecological mitigation including application for a licence under the Conservation Regulations.

  • Advised on Environment Agency schemes including flood defences in north Wales and obtained a licence to disturb an otter resting site under the Conservation Regulations.

  • Acted as ecological advisor to the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead dealing with the interaction of ecological issues with planning policy.

June- Aug 2009

Operation Wallacea, Research Assistant, Honduras

  • During sabbatical from Jacobs, worked in Cusuco National Park, Honduras surveying cloud forest and disturbed habitats in the park buffer zone including large and small mammal surveys and data entry

July 2003- Jan- 2005

Wessex Water, Ecological Clerk Of Works, UK

Responsible for managing ecological protection on construction sites as part of a major sewage pipeline development. This involved

  • Organising and conducting slow worm translocation

  • programming site clearance and conducting watching briefs

  • Co-ordinating licensed specialists on badgers and bats

  • Planning site reinstatement.

May June 2003

Wardell Armstrong, Environmental Technician, UK

Environmental Technician employed on a part time basis while completing MSc.

  • Monitored exclusion of water voles and preparation of new habitat areas in compensation on a site associated with a national rail project.

  • Assisted in great crested newt surveys for clients including Network Rail and housing developers.

Oct 2002 April 2003

Staffordshire University, Msc Student

The taught and research portion of a course including professional training and research experience.

Nov 2001 September 2002

Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, Volunteer Officer, UK

This role included.

  • Phase 1 habitat surveys,

  • Small mammal trapping using longworth traps,

  • Butterfly monitoring on a former industrial site according to guidelines by Butterfly Conservation Society.

June Sept 2001

Frontier, Research Assistant, Vietnam

Worked on a biodiversity survey that contributed to the designation of new nature reserve in Kim Hy, Vietnam. The work included.

  • Small mammal trapping

  • Vegetation mapping

  • Bat recording using harp trap and mist nets.

March May 2001

Sheffield Wildlife Trust, Nature Reserves Survey Assistant, UK

Fixed term position on a National Lottery funded project.

  • Responsible for collating ecological records on nine new nature reserves and planning further survey and site management based on this.

Sept 2000 Feb 2001

Sheffield Wildlife Trust, Habitat Surveyor, UK

Graduate training position

  • Co-ordinated a large scale Phase 1 survey of an area near Sheffield airport

  • Providing survey information for Trust comments on planning applications.

  • Contributed to the Sheffield Local Biodiversity Action Plan as part of Steering Group

Publictions

Sheffield Biodiversity Steering Group

Sheffield Local Biodiversity Action Plan

Frontier Vietnam (2002) Hardiman, N., Canh, L.X., & Fanning, E. (eds.)

Kim Hy Proposed Nature Reserve: Biodiversity Survey and Conservation Evaluation. Frontier-Vietnam Forest Research Programme Report No. 24. The Society for Environmental Exploration, London and the Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources, Hanoi. ISSN 1479-117X