Consultancy

Confluence Consulting is the consultancy trading arm of Tweed Forum, providing a wide range of ecological and project management services to both private and public sector clients. Tweed Forum is a recognised leader in the field of integrated catchment management (ICM) and over the years, we have built up a track record of working with land managers to achieve practical works that deliver multiple benefits.

The consultancy draws upon the range and depth of expertise of the Forum staff, many of whom are fully CIEEM (Chartered Institute of Environmental and Ecological Management) accredited. We have many years’ experience of working within the Scottish Borders and North Northumberland. We also have a long record of delivering successful environmental programmes with local farmers and land owners.

 

All proceeds from the consultancy go towards the charitable objectives of Tweed Forum –  conserving, enhancing and restoring the river and its catchment

 

Individually tailored services are offered at highly competitive rates, in the following fields:

Agriculture, Forestry & Land Use

Agri-environment scheme applications – the entire process is undertaken, from the initial on-farm or site visit through to the completed application.
Native woodland planting applications and design plans – the consultant can offer advice, design woodlands, draw up the woodland plan and complete the forms.

Habitat Management & Species Advice

Phase I habitat surveying and mapping
Environmental impact assessment (EIA) – Ecology Section
River corridor surveying and management
Pond design and management
Wetland enhancement
Wildflower grassland management and creation
Hedgerow management
Farmland birds and mammals
Invasive weed surveying and monitoring

Protected Species Surveys & Mitigation (e.g., as part of a planning application)

Otter surveys
Badger surveys
Water vole surveys
Breeding bird surveys

Other Services

Our in-house staff can also undertake the following:
Environmental project management
GIS mapping and surveying using GPS
Aerial survey footage by remote-controlled drone
Design and delivery of environmental education and training programmes
Advising/assisting with fundraising and project development

Our Staff

Dr Derek Robeson (Ph.D., MCIEEM, CEnv) is a native Borderer and has been working in the field of land management advisory provision for over 20 years. Derek spent 15 years as a Senior Conservation Advisor with Borders Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG). He went on to work with Scotland’s Rural College as a Conservation Consultant before joining Tweed Forum. Derek has a broad range of knowledge of land management issues and has worked with the Borders farming community on many land and water management projects which have delivered significant environmental enhancement. Derek’s main roles within Tweed Forum are to assist Scottish Borders Council with stakeholder engagement as part of the Land Use Strategy pilot; to promote natural flood management techniques; and raise awareness of integrated catchment management and environmentally responsible farming practices.

Hugh Chalmers (B.Sc., MCIEEM) worked for many years at Borders FWAG before moving to Borders Forest Trust, and has been with Tweed Forum since 2008. He has a good working knowledge of farming systems and a deep knowledge of the wildlife of the Borders and further afield. He has detailed knowledge of river restoration and natural flood management techniques, as well as having designed and planted many new native woodlands. He also delivers school and college education initiatives.

Luke Comins (B.Sc., M.Sc.) has a background in fisheries and integrated catchment management and has worked in the Borders for over 20 years. He has developed and overseen a large number of ambitious and important restoration projects covering all aspects of the natural, built and cultural heritage. He also inputs to a number of Government policy groups concerned with land and water management. He has a good understanding of the fiscal environment and building viable funding packages.

Emily Iles (B.Sc.) comes from a farming background in Oxfordshire and has a passion for agriculture and British wildlife. Emily has experience in project management and fundraising, invasive species programmes, educational initiatives, fisheries surveys (including electro-fishing and barrier removal), GIS, agri-environment scheme support and stakeholder engagement.

 

Joe Taylforth (B.Sc., M.Sc.) has a background in Earth Science and coordinates our GIS and mapping work.

 

 

Contact Us

South Court
Drygrange Steading
Melrose
Roxburghshire TD6 9DJ
T: 01896 849723
info@confluenceconsulting.co.uk