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Organisation Contact Details

Contact First Name: Jim

Contact Surname: Martin

Contact Address:

BEC Consultants Loft 31 South Cumberland Street Dublin 2 Ireland

Telephone Contact Number: +353-1-6619713

Fax Contact Number: NA

Email Address: jmartin@botanicalenvironmental.com

Organisation Details

Organisation Type: SME

Higher Education Organisation Name:

Other Organisation Name(s) if appropriate: Botanical, Environmental & Conservation Consultants Ltd

Research Organisation or Company/Corporate Website: www.botanicalenvironmental.com

Organisation or Individual Expertise:
I have 18 years experience as an ecologist and have been a Senior Ecologist and Managing Director of BEC Consultants Ltd. since 2003. Over the last 10 years, I have successfully managed this SME according to sound ecological and environmental principles. During my time with BEC Consultants Ltd, I have successfully led a number of large-scale national ecological projects including the National Survey of Native Woodland (2003-2008) and the Irish Semi-natural Grasslands Survey (2007-2013) for the National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS). In addition, I have developed expert knowledge on Ireland’s rare and threatened vascular plant flora while working on projects such as the Survey of Rare/Threatened and Scarce Vascular Plants for NPWS. I have also developed expertise in EU Annex I habitats and have recently completed the National Conservation Assessments for four Annex I grassland habitats. During my time with BEC Consultants Ltd, I have also worked on projects in the areas of restoration ecology, Appropriate Assessment, habitat mapping using GIS and botanical surveys recording data using Turboveg. Current research interests include the assessment and mapping of habitat and ecosystem function. Selected Current Projects: Irish Semi-natural Grasslands Survey (2007-2013): Client National Parks & Wildlife Services Secretariat for the National Platform for Biodiversity Research (NPBR): Client National Parks & Wildlife Services KNEU - Developing a Knowledge Network for European Expertise on biodiversity and ecosystem services to inform policy making and economic sectors: Client European Commission (FP7)

Organisation or Individual Expertise Keywords:
habitat grassland upland woodland Annex I rare plant botany vegetation study ecosystem function services science Ireland SME biodiversity conservation restoration meadows wetlands swamp alder willow Alnus Salix

National Research Funding

EPA Research Programme

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas:

 EPA Water Research Pillar
 Sustainable Environment Research

Involvement in Relevant National Expert Groups

National Platform for Biodiversity Research. This project is currently in its third phase (2012-2014) and I was also Project Director for phases 1 and 2 (2003-06 and 2009-12). The project aims to represent Ireland within the EPBRS (European Platform for Biodiversity Research) and also contribute to the policy-science interface for biodiversity research. Within this project I attended the expert group meetings for the Agriculture, grasslands and soil working group. Other researchers within our company attended the expert group meetings for the Uplands, peatlands and wetlands working group. Another researcher within BEC Consultants, Dr Jenni Roche, was a member of the consultation group on future national upland rural development measures (facilitated by Mountaineering Ireland). Dr Philip Perrin, a Principal Ecologist with the company, is a member of the Advisory Group for the National Vegetation Database.


EU Research Partnerships

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas of EU Research Partnerships:

Relevant information in relation to Participation relevant experts groups

No information specified

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

No information specified

Water


Interests indicated in the Water Joint Programming Initiative

 Maintaining Ecosystem Sustainability

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

Experience of participation in expert groups in this area

Any relevant information in relation to Participation in WssTP or other relevant experts groups

Within the research carried out as part of the national study Irish Semi-natural Grasslands Survey our company collected data and developed criteria to assess the structure and functions of wetland habitats that are listed under the EU Annex I habitats directive including 6430 Hydrophilous tall herb fringe communities of plains and of the montane to alpine levels and the important floodplain meadow habitats 6410 Molinia meadows on calcareous, peaty or clayey-silt-laden soils (Molinion caeruleae) and 6510 Lowland hay meadows (Alopecurus pratensis, Sanguisorba officinalis). In 2013 myself and other researchers within the company also wrote the National Conservation Assessments for these three important wetland habitats. The company have also carried out extensive research in wet woodland habitats and wrote the National Conservation Assessment for 91E0 Alluvial forests with Alnus glutinosa and Fraxinus excelsior (Alno-Padion, Alnion incanae, Salicion albae) in 2007 and 2013. A group of researchers within our company have also carried out extensive studies of the wetland habitat and important Annex I habitat 7130 Blanket bogs. Our company also wrote the National Conservation Assessment for this habitat.

Involvement in EU-funded research projects

We are a partner in the FP7 KNEU (Knowledge network for European expertise on biodiversity and ecosystem services) project and Dr Fionnuala O’Neill, a Senior Ecologist at BEC, and myself are co-authors of one of the significant papers published by this research group entitled Multifunctional floodplain management and biodiversity effects: evidence from six European countries.

Other areas of expertise:


Horizon 2020


Horizon 2020 website

Challenge 5 (Climate Action, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials)

This researcher or research organisation has outlined their interests in Challenge 5 as follows:

Sustainably managing natural resources and ecosystems

 Developing integrated approaches for the sustainable management of water-related challenges

 Further our understanding of biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems, their interactions with social systems and their role in sustaining the economy and human wellbeing

 Provide knowledge and tools for effective decision making and public engagement policies

Focus Areas

 Sustainable food security

Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas

This researcher/organisation has interest(s) in Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas as outlined as follows

None specified.

Expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting Areas

This researcher has indicated interest(s) and expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting areas as follows:

No cross-cutting areas specified

Details of Participation in European Innovation Partnerships and European Technology Platforms:

The details of any ETPs or EIP this researcher/organisation have participated in or are currently participating in is outlined as follows.

No participation information provided.


Relevant EU Research Experience

Information in relation to Participation in relevant experts groups

National Platform for Biodiversity Research. This project is currently in its third phase (2012-2014) and I was Project Director for phases 1 and 2 (2003-06 and 2009-12) and I am currently a Director for phase 3. The project aims to represent Ireland within the EPBRS (European Platform for Biodiversity Research) and also contribute to the policy-science interface for biodiversity research. Within this project I attended the expert group meetings for the Agriculture, grasslands and soil working group. Other researchers within our company attended the expert group meetings for the Uplands, peatlands and wetlands working group. Another researcher within BEC Consultants, Dr Jenni Roche, was a member of the consultation group on future national upland rural development measures (facilitated by Mountaineering Ireland). Dr Philip Perrin, a Principal Ecologist with the company, is a member of the Advisory Group for the National Vegetation Database. Researchers within BEC Consultants have been the lead ecologists for national studies including the Irish Semi-natural Grasslands Survey (2007-2013), the National Survey of Upland Habitats (2009-ongoing), and the National Survey of Native Woodlands (2003-2008). As a result of these studies many of the senior researchers within BEC Consultants are national experts for the habitats they study. Within the research carried out as part of these large ecological projects the company has developed criteria to assess the structure and functions of many important EU Annex I habitats. In 2013 the national experts within the company were asked to write the National Conservation Assessments for two Annex I woodland habitats, four Annex I grassland habitats, and ten Annex I upland habitats.

Involvement in EU-funded research projects: Please outline details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation was involved in.

We are a partner in the FP7 KNEU (Knowledge network for European expertise on biodiversity and ecosystem services) project and Dr Fionnuala O’Neill, a Senior Ecologist at BEC, and myself are co-authors of one of the significant papers published by this research group entitled Multifunctional floodplain management and biodiversity effects: evidence from six European countries.


LIFE and COST Actions





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Interest in LIFE subprogrammes:

 Environment and Resource Efficiency

 Biodiversity


COST Actions/LIFE programmes the researcher is currently or has participated in:


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