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Are you aware that the Highland Council employs an Ecologist/Conservation Officer to give advice on environmental topics, initiate and develop environmental improvement projects, raise environmental awareness and to ensure that all the Council's activities are as environmentally sustainable as possible?
I am based in the Implementation Section within the Planning Service, at HQ in Inverness. Prior to local government re-organisation, I was the Ecologist/Conservation Officer with Ross and Cromarty District Council from 1992-1996.
I am available to give professional help and advice to all Council Services and to groups and individuals within the community, on a wide range of ecological topics and environmental issues. The main purpose of the post is to:
I am a professionally qualified Ecologist, with a wide range of experience and expertise. I am involved, for example, in advising on the management of important habitats, such as woodlands, wetlands, herb rich grasslands, dune systems, river systems; advising on locally important issues (such as setting up community woodlands; the impact of machanising cockling in the Moray Firth controlling invasive vegetation; pollution in the Moray Firth; commenting on recreation developments); consulting on Woodland Grants Scheme or planning applications; carrying out biological surveys; producing site management plans; organising environmental education programmes for children; producing interpretive material or providing technical advice and assistance to community groups wanting to initiate their own environmental improvement projects.
Also, I am available to comment or to give advice on subjects such as purchasing of environmentally friendly products, give on-site operational advice to reduce the impact of large scale developments, road workings etc; advise on landscape management and maintenance; get involved in ecological/landscape/heritage orientated interpretive projects; input into environmental strategies and related policies; input training programmes. this list is not exhaustive!
Environmental Grants Scheme
In addition, I operate the Council's Environmental Grants Scheme which offers grants of up to 65% costs (to a maximum of £2,000) for community groups wishing to undertake environmental improvement or education projects. Grants are available for a wide range of types of projects. Suitable projects should:
If you would like any help or advice on any environmental topic, or if you require further information about The Grants Scheme, then please contact:
DR MANDIE CURRIE