Richard is a leading ecological consultant with over 27 years of experience working in and with the natural environment. After many years of leading teams of professional ecologists for respected companies, he is now owner and director of AWC Ltd, a CIEEM Registered Practice that provides a full ecological service in south-east England. He has a particular interest in mammal ecology and has co-authored national guidelines related to mammal survey, assessment and mitigation. He holds several licences that allow him to trap and handle protected species for survey and conservation purposes.
As a tracker, Richard has studied with and been assessed to a high level by the best wildlife trackers in the northern hemisphere under the internationally recognised CyberTracker Conservation system. He currently uses these skills in his survey work and in training other ecologists. Richard is responsible for quality assurance of all of AWC’s tracking deliverables to ensure they meet the highest professional standards.
David is an associate of AWC based in Cambridge. He is an experienced nature educator and consultant, working in the UK and internationally. He is a life-long birdwatcher, wildlife photographer and all-round naturalist with a 30-year career in international biodiversity conservation for BirdLife International.
As a tracker, David has studied with and been assessed to a high level (in both “Track and Sign” and “Trailing”) by the best wildlife trackers in the northern hemisphere under the internationally recognised CyberTracker Conservation system. When not using his skills for AWC tracking surveys, David provides training to other ecologists and is also an assistant instructor of wildlife tracking with Woodcraft School Ltd. As well as a broad tracking knowledge, he has a particular interest in bird tracks and signs.
John is an associate of AWC based in West Sussex. He is a highly experienced naturalist, wildlife tracker and outdoor educator, regularly delivering training courses and assessments in animal tracking and other elements of natural history through his own training company: Woodcraft School Ltd. He holds a University Certificate in Species Identification and Biological Recording.
John was the first (and currently only) person in Northern Europe to attain Senior Tracker level through rigorous evaluation under CyberTracker Conservation. John is also the certified tracking Evaluator for this region, able to objectively assess others’ tracking skills. To expand his knowledge, John has also been certificated in Germany, Netherlands and Spain. He has been called out to track and locate missing animals and is certificated in live capture, immobilisation and captive care. He is the author of three books, two of which are guides to the tracks and signs of British animals.
Dan is an associate of AWC based in Scotland. He is a naturalist, conservationist and environmental educator and the author of the Field Studies Council’s Guide to British Bird Tracks and Signs chart. Dan has extensive experience in conservation, rewilding and environmental education. He has a particular interest in mammal and raptor monitoring.
Dan has been assessed in tracking to a high level by the best wildlife trackers in the northern hemisphere under the internationally recognised CyberTracker Conservation system and has used his tracking skills to monitor wildlife for a range of organisations including Slovak Wildlife Society, Trees for Life and Bunloit Wildland. He trains conservation professionals in tracking and other naturalist skills.