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AVISENSE Consulting cc is owned and run by Andrew Jenkins, working in collaboration with Johan du Plessis (Du Plessis Environmental Consulting), and a number of other independent sub-consultants and fieldworkers.

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Dr Andrew Jenkins

After receiving his BSc (Honours) degree at the University of Natal, Andrew moved to Cape Town and began what became a PhD study, based at the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town, on the factors limiting the Peregrine Falcon population in South Africa. Since then, Andrew has retained a connection with “The Fitz,” first as a postdoctoral researcher, then as contracted research biologist and, more recently, as a research associate. He has been involved in bird impact assessment work in South Africa and Lesotho since the early 1990s. After a brief sojourn as the research coordinator of what was then the Wildlife and Energy Interaction Group (now the Wildlife & Energy Programme) of the Endangered Wildlife Trust in 2007-2009, he went solo and full-time as an ornithological consultant, and founded AVISENSE Consulting cc in mid-2009. Andrew is registered as a Professional Natural Scientist (Pr. Sci. Nat. Zoology, Ecology 400117/14) with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions, and is a founding member of the Birds & Renewable Energy Specialist Group (convened by BirdLife South Africa and the EWT), and is the primary author of the best practice guidelines for avian monitoring and impact mitigation at both wind and solar energy development sites in southern Africa. He lives in Cape Town with his wife Zelda and their young son Ruben.

Andrew Jenkins

Johan du Plessis

Johan grew up with one foot in the cold waters of the West Coast and the other on a farm in the little Karoo of South Africa. After finishing school Johan enrolled in the Conservation Ecology and Entomology course at the University of Stellenbosch. During his under-graduate degree he developed an interest in ecology and the intricate systems that make the natural world tick. He went on to do an MSc in Zoology in which he examined resource partitioning in a suite of sympatric desert lizards species in the Tankwa Karoo Basin. Keen to put his formal training to the test, he then joined NCC Environmental Services where he worked on a range of applied conservation projects. He joined NCC’s Avifaunal Monitoring Unit in 2010, and was involved in bird survey and monitoring at more than 14 wind energy facilities throughout South Africa over the next four years. After establishing Du Plessis Environmental Consulting, Johan joined forces with AVISENSE at the beginning of 2014 and hasn’t looked back, serving as a sub-consultant on a wide variety of commercial projects, as well as participating in some of Andrew Jenkins’ raptor research work.

Johan du Plessis

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