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Jade Flear O'Rourke BSc (Hons)

5 years experience

Natural England licences: Bat, Barn Owl, Great Crested Newt

Professional Indemnity & Public Liability insurances

HS2 passport, Highways England passport, CSCS card, Safety Critical certificate

Profile Outline

  • Experienced in UK bat identification, both auditory & visually
  • Confident and experienced in undertaking a wealth of bat presence/activity surveys, including; building & tree assessments, emergence and re-entry surveys, transects, harp-trapping, mist-netting and radio-telemetry
  • Also confident in undertaking presence/absence surveys for barn owls, great crested newts, other amphibians, badgers, reptiles and otters
  • Good knowledge of mitigation and compensation requirements and designs for various protected species
  • Confident in undertaking phase one and extended phase one surveys & the subsequent reports
  • Significant experience in acting as Ecological Clerk of Works

Most recent project examples: 

May 2019 to present. AECOM: HS2 

Role: Lead surveyor for advanced bat surveys on EWC North section of project. Responsibilities were mainly radio-telemetry to record radio-tagged bat activity and roost location, infrared roost characterisation & all associated data input

July 2019 to present. Private homeowner: Bat surveys

Sole responsibility of project including preliminary site survey, subsequent recommended bat surveys, EcIA report and named ecologist on the required bat mitigation licence

Available for Work in the Following Sectors

  • Research
  • Urban/Greenspace
  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Ecology

Preferred Employment Location

  • England
  • Wales


  • Intermediate - A few years of professional experience


  • One off jobs
  • Short term contracts
  • Longer contracts with short or unusual hours
  • May be available at short notice

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