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Paul Bradshaw | MBEC
Paul Bradshaw | MBEC

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Paul Bradshaw BSc (Hons), MSc, MRes

Professional Ecologist for over 17 years

Paul has an extensive range of experience in ecological consultancy and has particular expertise in ornithology, bat ecology and EIA. He has managed, and is actively engaged in, supervising extensive ecological and ornithological baseline surveys for a number of large-scale development EIAs. These include proposals for renewable energy developments (wind farms, hydro-eclectic schemes) and over-head transmission lines, rail and trunk roads, coastal redevelopment projects and housing developments. For example, he has coordinated and undertaken ecological surveys and assessments for a number of high-profile urban/coastal redevelopment projects in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and was the principal ecologist supervising the construction of the Airdrie to Bathgate railway project.

Paul also has a large amount of experience in consulting with regulators such as SNH and SEPA during the scoping phases of EIA as well as to finalise project designs, practical mitigation strategies and restoration plans for wide range of projects in the UK and abroad. Recently Paul developed ecological mitigation measures and site restoration plans for proposed landmine clearance in the Falkland Islands. He also has extensive experience of undertaking specialised ecological studies for a range of clients, including planning authorities and Scottish Government, to inform appropriate assessments of plans or projects that have the potential to affect Natura Sites.

Additionally, Paul has recently provided ecological assessments for SEA of supplementary planning guidance for City of Edinburgh Council and been an expert witness on behalf of City of Edinburgh Council as part of the local plan appeals process. He has also served as an expert ecological witness at a number of public local inquiries, including on behalf of SHETL for the Beauly to Denny proposed 400kV overhead transmission line upgrade project.

Paul is fully familiar with Scottish, UK and EU wildlife and nature conservation legislation, and related planning and nature conservation policy. He has developed detailed protection plans, prepared applications and been responsible for a number of development licenses for projects affecting European Protected Species such as otter and bat species, as well as for species protected under domestic legislation such as red squirrel and badger.

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