Environmental Consultant, Barry O’Loughlin holds an honors degree in Environmental Science from the National University of Ireland, Galway and a master’s degree in Applied Science Ecological Assessment from University College Cork. He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (IEEM). His interest in peatlands and wetland ecosystems developed through his research project on raised bogs as part of his master’s programme with UCC.
He has previously worked with Teagasc as a botanist where his role involved assessing vegetation communities in upland and lowland blanket bogs in Co. Mayo. He has also worked with CKC Consultants as a field ecologist where he worked primarily in the area of waste water management.
Barry is an experienced ecologist working with Wetland Surveys Ireland since 2010. He has a broad range of experience in ornithological surveys and monitoring, habitat surveying and mapping, wetland inventory surveys, baseline ecological surveys, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), report compilation, mammal surveys, nature conservation studies and ecological monitoring.
Since joining Wetland Surveys Ireland Barry has been involved in a number of Nature conservation projects including the Louth Wetland Identification Survey 2011 and the County Kerry Invasive Species Survey 2011: Pilot Mapping Study of the River Lee catchment.
He has also worked on development led projects, assisting with the ecological impact assessment of various proposals with particular emphasis in the electrical infrastructure sector (wind energy and overhead power lines). As part of this work Barry has conducted baseline ecological and ornithological surveys (breeding and winter), compiled Appropriate Assessment Reports and Natura Impact Statements, and contributed to Environmental Impact Statements. He commits much of his spare time carrying out volunteer work for Bird Watch Ireland.