Michael Sheather-Reid

Michael Sheather-Reid – Managing Director (Ecologist)

Michael has over 20 years of experience in environmental consulting and on ground management of bushland, wetland and riparian habitats having undertaken environmental assessment, ecological consultancy and restoration in both the private and public sectors.

Michael aims to strategically minimise client exposure to every day project risks particularly in the areas of ecological assessment, biodiversity offsetting, land management and restoration management. In his senior role Michael guides projects to achieve an optimal outcome and works in tandem with large or complex consultancy teams.

Michaels particular strengths include his ability to confidently liaise with government agencies and clients to achieve quality outcomes for all stakeholders. His experience in the provision of project ecologist services and management of restoration contractors is highly regarded and strategically focussed.

Currently Michael undertakes ecological assessment for rezoning applications, mining projects, biodiversity offsetting and prepares vegetation management plans, riparian assessments and applications for Controlled Activity Approvals.

Michael is renown for his innovative approaches to the design and management of large scale restoration of habitats through biotic translocation, direct seeding including reconstruction of soil profiles to support ecological communities in the long term. During his career, Michael has managed over 100 restoration sites throughout NSW, including artificial wetlands, bushland reserves and riparian habitats for government and private clients. He has managed several significant projects involving soil translocation and regeneration of Cumberland Plain Woodland, Duffys Forest, Blue Gum High Forest, Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub and Elderslie Banksia Scrub Forest.

Michael has also developed a speciality in watercourse assessment and wetland boundary definition and can liaise directly with NSW Office of Water to achieve optimal outcomes.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Natural Resources with Honours (1990) University of New England, Armidale
  • BioBanking Assessors Course (2011)
  • Planning for Bushfire Protection (2005) University of Technology Sydney
  • Bush Regeneration II Certificate TAFE Ryde Campus (1999-2000)
  • BioBanking Assessor (2015)