Who are you? My name is Louise Floyd, I am an Ecological Consultant in the Chipping Norton office. I joined Lockhart Garratt in 2014 after working in a range of environmental consultancy and wildlife conservation roles.
What do you do? As an ecologist I provide technical advice to clients in respect of ecological impacts in various contexts, from single house renovations to large scale housing developments. I co-ordinate and undertake a wide range of ecological surveys, from the initial Phase 1 habitat surveys through to protected species surveys, mitigation and licencing. I have a particular interest in ornithology and botanical surveys and have a background in large scale visitor surveys assessing the impacts of recreation on protected sites.
What project have your found particularly interesting to be involved with? I am currently providing ecological advice in respect of a proposed urban extension in West Oxfordshire. Due to the scale and nature of the site, a number of ecological constraints have been identified and survey work for a range of interesting protected species is being carried out.
With the ecological constraints however comes a number of opportunities to provide a real benefit for wildlife in the area and to provide enhanced habitats. New opportunities will be provided for wildlife and also to help engage the community more in the nature on their doorstep. I enjoy being able to be part of such an interesting project at such an early stage and the ability to help shape what will be an exciting development for the town.
What has been your favourite Lockhart Garratt moment to date? I am enjoying having the chance to help develop our ecology team in Chipping Norton. It is great to have the opportunity to develop new clients here and cement existing relationships. Working as part of such a multi-disciplinary team means we can offer various insights into each site we visit from different perspectives and help from colleagues is just a desk away.
What are your interest and hobbies? I enjoy getting crafty and always have a new project on the go, filling the house I share with my fiancé Richard with all sorts of crochet creatures. I am also completely obsessed with our collection of furry creatures, the rabbits, guinea pigs and our very strange cat. When I’m feeling more energetic I enjoy aerial sports and have recently started aerial silks classes.