Stuart Spray has worked in the field of conservation for over 20 years and as an ecologist for both Non-Government and Government Organisations including Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS), Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), Solway Heritage, The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) and The Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT). Stuart is full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Envirnomental Management (CIEEM).
Stuart has taken part in a wide variety of high profile conservation projects including monitoring barnacle geese on Bear Island in the High Arctic, coordinating the Seabird 2000 Census on Rum National Nature Reserve (NNR), monitoring red breasted geese in Bulgaria, coordinating the Dumfries and Galloway Nightjar Radio Tracking Pilot Project, monitoring bats in shade tolerant coffee plantations in Mexico, monitoring hibernating bats in Nietoperek, Poland and assisiting with driven transects and mist netting in Botswana. Over the past four years Stuart has helped coordinate the South West Scotland Liesler's Bat Radio Tracking Project.
Although Stuart specialises in bat conservation biology, he is an all-round ecologist with experience of surveying and monitoring a wide variety of protected species including other mammals, raptors, amphibians, reptiles, upland birds, waterfowl and seabirds.
He is a member of the D&G Raptor Study Group, South Lancashire Bat Group and a founder member of the Dumfries and Galloway Bat Group.
As an experienced trainer, Stuart has provided training on a variety of protected species, including bat, badger, red squirrel, water vole, otter and raptors, for organisations such as SNH, Dumfries and Galloway Council, The Mammal Society, Forestry Commission Scotland and The National Trust For Scotland. Stuart is also licensed to train new bat workers.
In July 2005 Stuart gained a MSc pass with distinction in Wildlife Biology and Conservation from Napier University, Edinburgh.
Since setting up Stuart Spray Wildlife Consultancy, Stuart has coordinated a wide variety of environmental survey, mitigation, training and research projects both in the UK and abroad.