Ed has over 25 years of work experience in nature conservation and ecological research. He is especially knowledgeable about the conservation, ecology, classification, assessment and management of a wide-range of terrestrial habitats. Before joining Bowland Ecology, he was a UK Habitats Advisor with the Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Ed has also worked in the private, academic and charitable sectors. Examples of major work areas include: (i) UK reporting under the EU Habitats Directive; (ii) review of the SSSI Selection Guidelines; (iii) review of UK BAP priority habitat series; (iv) assessing the impacts of atmospheric N pollution on protected areas; and (v) detailed research on the ecology, history and management of native woodland and European beech forests. Ed is an experienced report writer and peer-reviewer, who has strong analytical skills. He has published his own scientific research and co-authored a major book on the development of natural woodland.