David has three years’ experience working in ecology and conservation, having worked for the Forth Rivers Trust and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA). He has worked in a range of locations and habitats across Scotland, including most of the water bodies within the Forth catchment, Loch Lomond and Trossochs National Park. David gained a range of practical skills from his time at the Forth Rivers Trust, namely electrofishing team leader, invasives species identification and mitigation, green bank restoration, fencing, small wood generation and management, community engagement and in the use of pesticide.
Working for SEPA, David gained experience of aquatic invertebrate identification. As an assistant scientist following protocol for regular river monitoring and undertaking evaluations as a response to pollution events. Developing field and lab skills to process and identify, specialising in Mayfly, Stonefly and Caddisfly.
David has a wealth of volunteer experience with NatureScot, Cashel Forest Trust and Treelink Stirling.