Qualifications: BSc (Hons), MSc (Distinction)
Position: Principal Consultant
Bena has 20 years’ work experience, particularly at the site level, in nature conservation management and planning gained from the U.K., Asia and West Africa. He has direct experience on managing nature reserves, visitor centres, visitor programmes, and the design and implementation of ecological monitoring programmes for species and habitats of conservation concern, together with extensive site management planning skills, and experience in biodiversity prioritization for conservation action and conservation strategy planning.
Bena spent over a decade based in East Asia where he managed the renowned Mai Po Nature Reserve (Hong Kong) carrying out large-scale wetland habitat management and enhancement projects to benefit a range of species of global conservation concern, notably the iconic Black-faced Spoonbill. He has travelled widely throughout Mainland China, Taiwan and South Korea advising wetland managers and administrators on best practices in restoration, creation and management techniques, and project managed a Conservation Initiative for the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, which set conservation priorities for migratory waders particularly around the Yellow Sea Region.
Bena’s ecological survey skills include avifauna population counts, breeding birds, Odonate, botanical and habitat, and he has experience in carrying out management trials for priority habitats and features e.g. reedbed and wader roosts, and different management tools e.g. grazing animals.