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2017: Lindsay Mackinlay, Parnassus Ecology

All photos by Lindsay Mackinlay, except Threave House photo (credit: Karl Munday) & Jason Gilchrist

Services

Project Management & In-House Ecology Service

Parnassus Ecology provides a project management and in-house ecology service for clients, specialising in ecological projects, including habitat & species management, planning support, contractor management and survey and monitoring projects. Lindsay has managed many ecological projects, including surveys by sub-contractors, major pond restoration projects in historic landcapes and the creation of the UK's first bat reserve, Threave Bat Reserve, near Castle Douglas.  Lindsay has been trained in EIA project management and has also worked within the planning system for many years. Most recently, he has worked on the HS2b project.

Survey and Monitoring

Parnassus Ecology is able to carry out ecological survey and monitoring work on a wide variety of habitats and species, in addition to leading on licence applications. Lindsay has held a bat licence for almost 20 years, including 16 years as the National Trust for Scotland's national lead on bat conservation, working on a wide variety of building projects requiring survey, monitoring and mitigation expertise. In addition, he has carried out Site Condition Monitoring work on grasslands, summit heath, moorlands, woodlands and bogs, as well as many habitat and rare plant species surveys to support management. Lindsay also has extensive experience in Woodland Herbivore Impact Assessments, roe deer management, trail camera and thermal imager surveys, co-ordinating national surveys on Scottish wildcats and other species, as well as surveying badgers and great crested newts. 

Management Planning

Parnassus Ecology  is qualified to write management plans for properties, habitats and species, with a specialisation in heritage sites. Lindsay has been involved with major management planning work at such places as Ben Lomond, Brodick and Culzean Country Parks, Threave Nature Reserve, Dollar Glen, Newhailes House, National Museum of Rural Life (Kittochside), Hill of Tarvit, and St. Abb's Head to name but a few.

Training and Public Engagement

Parnassus Ecology can offer a variety of training courses for a wide range of audiences. Lindsay has successfully organised and led well-received training courses and talks for over 15 years on Phase 1 habitat surveys, plant identification, woodland herbivore impact assessments, bats around historic buildings and conservation philosophy. He also gives regular lectures to students at Napier University (Edinburgh). He has also regularly led public guided walks on wild plants and bats.

Ecological Assessments

Other work offered by Parnassus Ecology includes strategic and site-based ecological assessments  (appraisals), strategic policy production and assistance with grant applications. Lindsay gained in-depth knowledge of such processes through his years working with a multitude of planning and development projects as well as acquisition appraisals, including large-scale opencast sites, large urban developments and ecological evaluations of key heritage sites. However, please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to discuss how we can help you.

Parnassus Ecology will sometimes work with other respected ecological experts, as and when required, in order to address the specific individual survey needs of clients. This will always be stated in the tender submissions or other relevant correspondence.