Senior Field Ornithologist

Ross Ahmed BA MPhil

Ross is an exceptional field ornithologist with extensive field experience throughout the UK. He undertakes a wide range of specialist field surveys and is fully conversant with all key survey techniques. Recent work has included survey of a series of potential on-shore wind farm sites, quarry sites and large scale housing sites.

Prior to joining E3, Ross worked as a warden on the Farne Islands, monitoring breeding seabird populations. Ross is a C permit ringer and a member of the Durham Bird Club Records Committee.

He recently completed an MPhil at Newcastle University, for which E3 accommodated part time study, looking at bird habitat selection on the Northumberland Coast. Ross has also provided input for the latest update to the Durham priority bird species list and developed a sensitive bird area map for six local authorities in the North East.

Key Areas of Experience and Expertise

  • Specialist Field Surveyor (Ornithology)
  • Wind Farm Survey
  • Breeding Bird Survey

Professional Qualifications

  • BA Geography (Northumbria)
  • MPhil (Newcastle)


  • Ahmed, R. (2017) Further evidence of the subspecies segregation of Brent Geese. British Birds, 110: 304-306.
  • Ahmed, R. (2017). Finding vagrants among common carrier species.
  • Ahmed, R. (2017) How many Willow Tits still breed in Durham? Durham Bird Club bulletin, June 2017: 19-20.
  • Ahmed, R. (2016) Did Great Black-Backed Gull Breed in Durham in 2016? Durham Bird Club bulletin, October 2016: 4.
  • Ahmed, R. (2016). Tracking rare seabirds on the English east coast and their arrival time at seawatching sites.
  • Clausen, P, Ahmed, R and Craggs, A (2014). Another poor breeding year for East Atlantic Light-bellied Brent Geese in 2013. Goose News 13: 26.
  • Ahmed, R (2013). First records of Black-headed Heron in Saudi Arabia. Sandgrouse 32: 177-178.
  • Wassink, A, Ahmed, R, Busuttil, S, and Salemgareev, A (2011). Oriental Plover, Franklin’s Gull, Syrian Woodpecker and Masked Shrike: new species for Kazakhstan. Dutch Birding 33: 239-244.
  • Ahmed, R (2011). Racial identification and status of Cattle Egret. Dutch Birding 32: 149-162.
  • Ahmed, R and Adriaens, P (2010). Common, Asian Common and Pallid Swift: colour nomenclature, moult and identification. Dutch Birding 32: 97-106.
  • Ahmed, R, Lindholm, A, Forsten, A and Cama, A (2010). Timing of primary moult in large gulls at five sites across Europe. Caluta 1: 14-20.
  • Fisher, I and Ahmed, R (2010). Identification of Citrine and Yellow Wagtails – a possible identification pitfall. British Birds 102: 34-35.