Jon Riley has over 20 years professional experience of nature conservation gained in the commercial, public and voluntary sectors.
In his current role as Technical Director for The Ecology Consultancy, he manages a team of habitat surveyors and botanists and has carried out habitat, botanical and protected species surveys for a variety of clients. Much of his more recent work has focused on preparation of EIA chapters and Habitat Regulations Assessments (HRA) reports and screening reports. Through his post-graduate education and subsequent work, he has gained considerable experience of botanical survey and analysis, including extensive use of extended Phase I and NVC (National Vegetation Classification) methodologies, as well as more detailed studies of vegetation communities. He has conducted vegetation research on chalk grassland and is involved in botanical conservation, recording and training in London and the southeast.
Recent projects have included a preparation of EIA chapters and Habitat Regulations Assessments and screening reports for three rail schemes: High Speed 2, Airtrack and Docklands Light Railway extension, all working with Temple Group. Jon has also contributed to or overseen ecology EIA chapters for a number of residential, industrial and regeneration schemes in London and the southeast. He has managed strategic habitat surveys including rapid assessment of the estate associated with London’s trunk roads and London Underground’s depots and sidings. Other areas of work include producing guidance and implementation documents for Natural England, carrying out NVC surveys of SSSIs in Kent and London, a detailed study of vegetation of the river walls of the upper Thames Estuary, and preparation of conservation management plans for SSSIs and Local Nature Reserves. Between 2001 and 2003 he managed the Greater London Authority’s habitat surveys of London boroughs using the GLA’s adapted Phase I methodology and was involved in the designation of Sites of Nature Conservation Importance using standard criteria based on those developed by the Nature Conservancy Council and its successor bodies.