Ian has around 15 years experience as a professional ecologist. He started his career with DEFRA and then Natural England and then moved on to professional consultancy. In between times he has worked as Conservation Manager for the North of the UK for the Grasslands Trust and as a Haymeadow Officer in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. As you may have guessed Ians primary interest is in plants, although he has a wide range of experience of various mammals in particular bats where he has held a licence to handle bats and enter roosts for around 5 years. Ians favourite place is the Haymeadows of the Durham Dales.