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Gordon Haycock BSc (Hons) MSc CEnv MCIEEM Principal Ecologist

Gordon Haycock

As a Director and Principal Ecologist at Haycock and Jay Associates, Gordon's role as a specialist ecologist has continued whilst he also takes responsibility for delivery and quality control in a number of large-scale ecological projects. As a practising ecologist in northern England and Scotland for over twenty years, Gordon is particularly familiar with the suite of habitats and protected species present in upland environments and has established a solid reputation as a specialist in upland vegetation survey completing many thousands of hectares of survey in the uplands of England and Scotland since 2009.

Gordon has experience of extensive amphibian and reptile survey and of managing large scale multi-disciplinary projects. He is talented at engaging successfully with clients, statutory agencies and others to promote project outcomes on time and on budget.

Bryophyte Recorder

Gordon undertakes a number of voluntary roles including Secretary and Bryophyte Recorder for Wharfedale Naturalists Society. Gordon represents the Society at Yorkshire Dales Biodiversity Forum which co-ordinates delivery of Nature in the Dales 2020 Vision - the Biodiversity Action Plan for Yorkshire Dales National Park. The Park has Species Action Plans for five bryophytes, and monitoring populations of each species is key to this process. Working with Tom Blockeel, the Yorkshire Naturalists Union bryophyte recorder, Gordon organised three surveys to Twisleton Glen near Ingleborough to search for long-leaved flapwort Liochlaena lanceolata, last recorded in 1967. Despite much searching, and some interesting records of other species, long-leaved flapwort has not been located. Subsequently Tom discovered an article in Transactions of British Bryological Society from 1963 giving a more precise habitat for the species and we will survey again in 2014.

Gordons Amphibian Highlights

Wharfedale Great Crested Newt Re-introduction 2009-2011

In 2009 Gordon Haycock was granted a Conservation Licence by Natural England which allowed the transfer of up to 600 great crested newt eggs per year for three years (2009-2011). The eggs were taken from a location near Knaresborough where a large great crested newt population is known to exist, and survey data indicated that the removal would not adversely affect the population. The donor population was tested for Chytrid fungus prior to commencement and found to be free of this disease. The eggs were introduced to the large pond at a site near Ilkley (the creation of which was partly funded by WNS) each spring for three years.

Monitoring commenced in spring 2012, however, no great crested newts were confirmed. In 2013 great crested newt eggs were recorded in aquatic vegetation on the periphery of the pond in May and on the night of 6th June two males were observed displaying and in the morning one male was captured in a bottle trap and photographed.

Population monitoring continues in 2014, with a small breeding population confirmed.