Claudia K. Gebhardt
Claudia has over 15 years’ experience as an ecologist within research, consultancy and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).
Claudia is a bat expert and has been involved in bat work throughout the UK as well as internationally, including in Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland and Zambia. She currently holds bat licences for Scotland and England. Her other ecological skills include mammal surveys (e.g. otter, badger, water vole, pine marten, red squirrel, wildcat, beaver), amphibian surveys (great crested newt SNH licence), other protected species surveys and provision of Ecologist Clerk of Works (ECoW) services.
Claudia has extensive experience in planning and managing ecological surveys for small and large developments, including renewable energy, forestry, infrastructure, mineral extraction and housing sector projects. She has been involved in ecology projects from planning through construction to post-consent-monitoring stages. She has experience in managing project teams of ecological and ornithological specialists as well as facilitated groups (e.g. Habitat Management Groups) consisting of various stakeholders, such as NGO’s, SNH and local councils.
Claudia is an experienced trainer and Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) assessor and ran the field survey training programme for the Scottish Wildlife Trust, overseeing, managing, training and assessing 20 students. She also ran Field Studies Council (FSC) training courses and courses for the Mammal Society at Kindrogan Field Centre and does regular bat walks for members of the public for the RSPB and other conservation organisations.
Claudia is a full Member of Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) and member of the Scottish Section Committee. She is also involved in various conservation organisations, such as the Ayrshire Bat Group, the Scottish Leisler’s Project and Bats without Borders.