About Vesper Conservation & Ecology Limited

Rob West BA(Hons) PGDip

Rob West BA(Hons) PGDip MCIEEM


Rob worked for the National Trust as a Countryside Warden for 10 years before developing the concept for Vesper Conservation & Ecology Limited, having previously also worked for the RSPB and private conservation estates. During his 12  years working in the conservation & ecology sectors he has amassed a wealth of experience undertaking all aspects of conservation management, from baseline surveying for a wide range of species groups, to designing habitat restoration & re-creation projects, to implementing the practical elements of habitat projects, including managing specialist contractors.

He has a particular interests in livestock management and can offer simple, practical solutions to managing livestock on conservation sites based on significant experience working with sheep and cattle. He is also currently undertaking research investigating the impact of habitat creation schemes on the Southern Damselfly, again integrating his understanding of conservation management with scientific principles.

Professional history

1996-1999             BA (Hons) Environmental Studies (University of Linconshire & Humberside)

cieem_primary-logo-web2000 – 2001          Countryside Warden – North Cornish Coast (National Trust)

2001 – 2003          Countryside Ranger (Fowlescombe Farm)

2001 – 2003           PGDip Biological Recording: Collection & Management (University of Birmingham)

2003 – 2004          Heathland Assistant (RSPB)

2004 – 2011          Countryside Warden – Stockbridge & Mottisfont (National Trust)

2011 – 2012          Lead Ranger – The New Forest (National Trust)

2012 – Present       Owner/Director Vesper Conservation & Ecology Limited

Key Certification

  • Natural England Licences for Science & Conservation for Great Crested Newts, Southern Damselfly and Bats
  • CSCS
  • Chainsaw (CS30, 31 & 32)
  • Tractor Driving (MO1 & MO1A)
  • Forestry Machine Operations (FMO…)
  • Pesticide Applications (PA1 & PA6A)
  • Minidiggers & dumper operation
  • Rough-terrain forklift operation
  • Safe use of Veterinary Medicines (Sheep & Cattle)
  • Transportation of Livestock (Short Journeys)
  • Stockmanship
  • Planning a New Woodland
  • Marketing Woodland Produce

The aim of the company is to offer a wide range of conservation & ecological solutions, taking full advantage of Rob’s unique combination of practical habitat management skills and ecological knowledge. We can offer assistance with all stages of your project, whether you simply require a sub-contractor to assist with survey work or a habitat management task, or more in-depth support from concept development, to management planning, to implementation and long-term management.