Chris became a consultant ecologist and founded CGO Ecology in 2008. His experience spans rail and road infrastructure, minerals, renewables, housing, conservation, monitoring, training and research. He is a well-known herpetologist, and an accomplished non-marine malacologist, with survey licences covering England, Scotland and Wales. Other competencies include Phase 1 habitats, Hedgerow Regulations, butterflies (WCBS surveyor), fairy shrimps, eDNA, badger, water vole, fish, birds and NVC/botany (FISC level 4), BREEAM, HQM, BS5837 trees. Previously he managed sand lizard, smooth snake and NARRS surveys for Amphibian and Reptile Conservation; lectured at Coventry University and Bournemouth University; and worked at English Nature (geologist), English Heritage (archaeologist), and Ordnance Survey (cartographer). He has a PhD in the palaeoecology and palaeobiogeography of the British herpetofauna, with specialist skills in the identification of skeletal remains. He is Chair of the British Herpetological Society, and a Visiting Research Fellow at Bournemouth University. He co-wrote CIEEM survey skills competency notes for reptiles and natterjack toad, and is well-published.
Dr Chris Gleed-Owen
Director & Principal Ecologist
- Qualifications: BSc (Hons), PhD, MCIEEM, First Aid at Work, CSCS Professionally Qualified Person, ROLO H&S, FISC 4
- Specialisms: sand lizard, smooth snake, reptiles, GCN, natterjack, amphibians, non-marine molluscs, heathland, coastal dunes, biogeography, palaeoecology
- Licences: sand lizard, smooth snake, great crested newt CL09, natterjack toad, Roman snail
- Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/cgoecology