Nick Cutts

Deputy Director, Institute of Estuarine & Coastal Studies (IECS)

Faculty of Science and Engineering

+44 (0) 1482 466780

Nick has more than 25 years' experience as a professional ornithologist and specialises in estuarine avifaunal communities.

He has carried out numerous surveys of estuarine and marine communities around the UK, with derived data used for a variety of purposes.

These include ornithological baseline characterisation, appropriate assessments, environmental impact assessments and habitat management.

Most recently, Nick has been investigating the effects of disturbance on waterbirds from a range of anthropogenic sources. The aim is to establish a better evidence base for consenting requirements, as well as tools to assist estuarine planners and managers.


Research Interests

  • Estuarine ornithology and ecosystem management
  • Estuarine system health and assessment
  • Development of tools to better understand and manage estuarine systems

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BSc Lancaster

External roles

  • Adviser to statutory bodies such as the Environment Agency and Natural England on aspects of estuarine management
  • Member of the Humber Working Group on Managed Realignment
  • Organiser of the WeBs Core Count for the Humber region and Chair of the Humber Wildfowl Refuge