Leanne Butt BSc MSc ACIEEM

leanne.jpgLeanne Butt is the AEcol Senior Ecologist and in-house entomologist and ornithologist.

In addition to a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology, in which her dissertation studied ground beetles as indicators of woodland biodiversity, she has a Master’s degree in Wildlife Management and Conservation, in which her dissertation studied the effects of rhododendron as an invasive species upon woodland biodiversity using ground beetles and breeding birds as indicators.

Leanne is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) and has four years’ experience of conducting Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIA) from Preliminary Ecological Appraisal through to successful application.

In addition to competence in site assessment, botanical and protected species surveys, as demonstrated by licences to survey for great crested newts and common dormice in England, she is competent in both invertebrate sampling techniques and bird surveys, which she has been performing professionally since 2011.

Invertebrate survey methods for which Leanne has competency, include pitfall trapping, sweep netting, butterfly transects and moth trapping.

Bird survey methods for which Leanne has competency include Breeding Bird Survey (BBS), Common Birds Census (CBC) and Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS), as well as species-specific surveys for grey partridge, peregrine, lapwing, curlew, barn owl, nightjar, lesser spotted woodpecker, firecrest, woodlark, Dartford warbler and tree pipit.