An in-depth guide to writing high-quality and effective professional ecological reports. Mike Dean distils the knowledge and experience gained over a period of more than 20 years working as an ecological consultant, during which time he has written and reviewed many such reports.
There are existing good practice guidelines on ecological report writing, published by CIEEM and co-authored by the author of this book. Writing Effective Ecological Reports goes beyond those guidelines. It provides practical advice on the structure, content and style of ecological reports, using numerous case study examples to help the reader's understanding. It also tackles topics not covered by the guidelines, such as how to write an effective summary, how to create and use a report template, how to proofread reports, and what those tasked with reviewing reports should be looking for.
This book will be invaluable for any professional ecologist, or anyone hoping to become a professional ecologist. It is particularly aimed at those who write ecological reports, such as ecological consultants. However, it also provides practical advice for those tasked with reading and reviewing reports written by others, including those working for local planning authorities or nature conservation consultees.
Writing Effective Ecological Reports has been written to be useful to those with limited experience, such as recent graduates, as well as those with many years of experience as a professional ecologist, and everyone in the middle.
- Competence, qualifications and experience
- Getting the basics right
- Fact versus opinion
- Report structure
- Making a start
- First impressions and opening lines
- Getting your facts right
- So what does all this mean?
- Keeping it in proportion
- Tables, figures, photos and appendices
- Creating and using a template
- Writing an effective Summary
- PEA or EcIA – what’s the difference?
- Writing Environmental Statement chapters
- Proofreading, technical review and quality assurance
- Tips for those reviewing reports
- Dealing with references
- How long is a report valid for?
- Useful sources of information
Mike Dean has worked as an ecological consultant since 1997, with roles in varying size consultancies from the very small (one or two staff members) to the very large multi-disciplinary consultancy, and a few in between. He has undertaken ecological surveys and produced ecological reports of all different types and sizes. In 2013 he joined the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management’s (CIEEM) Professional Standards Committee, tasked with producing guidelines on, amongst other things, ecological report writing. He has been delivering training on report writing for CIEEM since 2015.
"This book addresses a major gap in the market It is primarily aimed at ecological consultants to increase report quality and reduce the chances of complaints made against professional ecologists. [...] . To conclude, a well written resource, I must agree with Mike Oxford, every ecologist should read this book."
– Sarah L Taylor, The Niche 53(2), summer 2022
"Mike has produced a book that should be essential reading for anyone involved in writing or reviewing ecological reports. It should be on everyone’s reference shelf. In fact, this book is probably relevant to every single ecologist, as I can’t think of one professional role where, at some point, you wouldn’t need to know how to write a report effectively."
– Mike Oxford FCIEEM, CEcol.
"This is a useful guide particularly for those with limited experience, such as recent graduates, but also for those who write or review ecological reports in their profession, including ecological consultants and individuals working for local planning authorities."
– Conservation Land Management