CORE TEAM

MICHAEL KURS 

DIRECTOR/PRINCIPAL ECOLOGIST

 

Michael graduated from John Moore’s University in 2004 with a BSc (Hons) in Zoology, going on to undertake an MSc in Restoration of Ecological and Terrestrial Environments in 2006. Michael first got involved with ecology in 1999 where he aided in salmonid restoration schemes on the West Coast of the Highlands and Islands, whilst running a commercial salmon hatchery in Wester Ross. Since then Michael has specialised in freshwater fisheries management and restoration amongst other ecological disciplines. In 2007 Michael began work at a national multi-disciplinary consultancy as an ecological consultant where he spent three formative years. From there Michael went on to form SK Environmental Solutions Limited with his co-owner and founding member Rebecca Shelton.

 

Michael specialises in freshwater and ornithological projects within SK, although he also works directly on a variety of other project work including Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA) and protected species surveys and mitigation work.

 

Michael has worked on a wide variety of development sites including wind, hydro, commercial / residential development and minerals sites. Michael has acted an Ecological Clerk of Works on an array of projects including great crested newt mitigation schemes, pipeline remediation projects for freshwater constraints and commercial / residential development projects primarily for bird issues.

 

Michael works closely with Ash Bennett, an associate ecologist to SK, for United Utilities undertaking electro-fishing on a wide variety of sites.

REBECCA SHELTON

DIRECTOR/PRINCIPAL ECOLOGIST

Rebecca is a founding member of the practice and co-owner. Rebecca graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2005 with a BA(Hons) in Zoology and joined a national multi-disciplinary consultancy as an ecological consultancy the same year. Since then Rebecca has honed her ecological consultancy skills, forming SK Environmental Solutions Limited with her co-owner and business partner Michael Kurs.

 

 

Rebecca has a wide array of ecological skills, specialising in a number of areas including National Vegetation Classification, great crested newt licensing and mitigation as well as Ecological Impact Assessment and mitigation enhancement and design.

Rebecca currently holds three EPS mitigation licences for great crested newts and has been approached by Natural England to apply to be one of only a small number of consultants nationwide who will be able to apply for the new low impact licence for great crested newts.

 

Rebecca has project managed project for a wide variety of sectors including minerals, the commercial / residential sector and renewables.

EMMA JENNINGS

ECOLOGIST

Emma joined the practice in 2015. With a background in arboriculture, Emma graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in 2005 before completing an MSc at University of Lancaster in 2009.

 

Emma has a broad range of ecological surveying skills allowing her to assess development sites from a number of different perspectives. Emma holds a number of licences and certificates for climbing.

 

Emma has undertaken work on projects for encompassing many different development sectors in her time at a Local Authority, multi-disciplinary consultancies and operating as a sole trader before joining SK in 2015. 

 
 

JACK DUNN

ECOLOGIST

After graduating with a BSc (hons) in Animal Conservation Science from the University of Cumbria. Jack did some sub consultancy work while working  in a conservation background before an opportunity arose and he became a permanent member of the team in 2018. 

Jack has a broad skill range and holds licences for Great Crested Newts and a Class 1 Bat Licence. Jack is currently working towards his Class 2 Bat Licence.

Jack loves nothing more then his kayak polo which on a few occasions he has featured in the squad  for team Great Britain.  

 

CURTIS BLANK

ECOLOGIST

Curtis initially joined the practice in 2018 as a sub consultant, before becoming a full time employee at the beginning of 2019. Curtis graduated from the University of Cumbria with a BSc (Hons) in Animal Conservation Science.

Curtis has a broad skill set in a wide range of ecological projects across the UK

 

When Curtis is not working he is often found chasing and identifying  dragonflies to add to his observed species.

 

FINN

Finn has been working with SK Environmental since June 2015. His main role is to help our hard-working staff relax during their time in the office.

In Finn's spare time Finn loves nothing better than going for walks and chasing rabbits.

32 Lowther Street, Kendal

Cumbria LA9 4DH

 01539 232 030

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