I am a Senior Conservation Scientist within a small team which provides scientific support for site conservation for the RSPB. This involves both active research and review in order to provide the science required to underpin policy and casework specifically in relation to the effective conservation of protected sites. In particular I look at the interactions between wind farms, both terrestrial and offshore, and birds.
This work involves working with a range of statutory conservation bodies, government agencies and developers as well as the RSPB's own casework team in attempt to best facilitate potential wind farm developments. Where such developments are proposed in inappropriate locations I will assist in making the case against them and in extreme cases will act as an expert witness in public enquires and other hearings. I also provide training to RSPB staff in the techniques involved in wind farm environmental impact assessment.
I also have extensive experience in working with upland raptors, in particular the hen harrier and have a long-standing commitment to seeking solutions to conflicts between such predators and man.
- 2006 - 2012: Honorary Lecturer, University of Glasgow
Partners and Collaboration
- Dr Liz Masden, University of the Highlands and Islands
- Prof Steve Redpath, University of Aberdeen
- Stephen Murphy, Natural England
Dr Aly McCluskie
Senior Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science
The Lodge, Potton Road, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 2DL