Position: Director/Technical Consultant
Qualification: BSc (Hons) CBiol MSB MCIEEM FRES
Phone: 029 2035 0120
David Clements is a ecologist with over 30 years’ professional experience and with expertise in a wide range of ecological, nature conservation and environmental assessment disciplines. He graduated in zoology in 1981 and his early career was in the entomology department of the National Museum & Gallery of Wales in Cardiff , where he remains an Associate today. In 1984 he joined the National Trust’s Biological Survey Team as a zoologist, travelling to all parts of the country to survey NT properties for a wide range of fauna. In this post he developed particular skills in invertebrate and amphibian survey, as well as in the study of mammals such as bats and badgers.
In 1988 he became Senior Ecologist with Countryside Planning and Management, one of the first environmental and planning practices in the UK to be accredited to the BS 5750 (now ISO 9000) Quality Assurance standard, for which he was a trained internal QA auditor. In this post he became familiar with the full range botanical and habitat survey methodologies, including the National Vegetation Classification (NVC), as well as developing a sound understanding of biodiversity legislation, UK policy and the planning system. He acted both as coordinator and contributor to numerous Environmental Assessments, as well as undertaking both commissioned and in-house research projects in areas such as the development of specialised survey methodologies and combined archaeological and ecological studies of historic landscapes. Amongst many other publications, in 1992 he co-authored the HEGS methodology for hedgerow survey with Richard Tofts.
In 1995 he joined Chris Blandford Associates in Cardiff as Senior Ecologist and Environmental Assessments Manager, and in 1996 he set up the David Clements Ecology (DCE) partnership to provide freelance ecological survey and support services to a national and regionally based clientele. DCE became a limited company in 2003 and has subsequently expanded. The firm primarily serves the South Wales area and has now completed over six hundred projects for a wide range of private and public sector clients, including most of the relevant Government agencies and local planning authorities.
David is actively involved in the development of nature conservation strategies and Biodiversity Action Plans in South Wales , both as a consultant and in a private capacity, undertaking work for several of the regional unitary authorities and conservation bodies. In 1999 he was commissioned to develop criteria for the designation of Sites of Nature Conservation Importance (SINCs) in Gwent, Glamorgan and Carmarthenshire. He has contributed to several strategic landscape and LandMap studies in South Wales, including one for the Vale of Glamorgan which has won awards both in the UK and in Europe.
David currently holds Wales-wide licences for the survey and handling of great crested newt, bats, dormouse, barn owl and white-clawed crayfish. In the past he has held site specific licences for activities affecting otter, badger and marsh fritillary butterfly, amongst others. He undertakes numerous personal research projects in insect taxonomy, biological recording and distribution studies. He is a specialist contributor to the Council of Europe Fauna Europaea (FaEu) database project with responsibility for the cataloguing of the Conopidae, a family of flies for which he is also the UK national referee and recording scheme organiser.
Selected examples of recent scientific output includes: