Matt Stone

Matthew Stone

Field Ornithologist

Faculty of Science and Engineering

+44 (0) 1482 466405

Matthew is a passionate research field ornithologist, working in both the marine and terrestrial habitats to further understand and inform how anthropogenic progress and development can take place without compromising core conservation objectives.

Prior to working at the Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies (IECS), he was a senior buying manager for ASDA Wal-Mart, managing a number of categories with full profit and loss responsibility and setting both customer and supplier strategy.



Research Interests

  • Offshore windfarm assessment
  • ESAS, European Seabirds at Sea surveys
  • WeBS, Wetland Bird Surveys
  • CBC, Common Bird Census
  • BBS, Breeding Bird Survey
  • GPS/GSM tagging and tracking
  • Use of radar to track and record bird movement

Research groups

  • Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA Hons Business Studies
  • DipM Marketing

External roles

  • Founder and treasurer of the Lower Derwent Valley Conservation Group, in partnership with Natural England and the LDV National Nature Reserve.
  • BTO Breeding Bird Survey and WeBS voluntary surveyor
  • T-Permit ringing licence

Awards and accolades

  • ESAS - European Seabirds at Sea accredited
  • GWO/RUK - Offshore Certified (climbing and rescue at height, sea survival, manual handling, fire safety and first aid)

Professional highlights

  • Part of the ORJIP (Offshore Renewable Joint Industry Partnership) team, undertaking radar and rangefinder studies based on turbines at the Thanet Offshore Windfarm to assess bird behaviour and avoidance
  • Undertaking the three year post construction monitoring programme for the E.ON Humber Gateway Offshore Wind Farm using ESAS
  • Undertaking a two year migratory tracking study of Pink-footed Geese, supported by E.ON
  • Undertaking wintering bird surveys and breeding bird surveys for the Hornsea Project 3 on-shore cabling route in north Norfolk
  • On-going monitoring of areas of managed re-alignment on the Humber Estuary
  • Undertaking baseline assessments and evaluation of boat based bird disturbance for the proposed Bridlington Marina development and Filey and Flamborough pSPA at Bempton