Philip joined BSG Ecology in March 2019. He has experience in conducting and leading protected species survey and ecological assessment ranging from small-scale house extensions up to large energy and residential developments.
Philip has many years of experience as a volunteer bird surveyor and an extensive skillset in bird ID, distance sampling, and territory mapping. Since joining BSG Ecology he has conducted a variety of breeding bird surveys using the Common Bird Census methodology, as well as winter vantage point and mapping surveys for waterfowl, recreational disturbance assessments, roost counts, and bespoke surveys for breeding nightjar and black redstart. He has also assisted a Schedule 1 license holder with barn owl breeding checks. In his spare time, he conducts breeding bird surveys for the BTO and is a keen C permit bird ringer. Philip has experience of nest monitoring for his BA dissertation and during his spare time, including barn owl and passerines.
Philip has also worked on a variety of other protected species surveys. His bat survey experience includes emergence and re-entry surveys, transect and static detector activity surveys, ground-level roost assessment and assisting licensed ecologists with internal inspections. He has conducted great crested newt, water vole, badger and reptile surveys including initial assessment, licence implementation (including translocation of reptiles and great crested newt) and monitoring of post-construction mitigation works. His Ecological Clerk of Works experience includes destructive searches for reptiles and nesting bird checks on construction sites. He has conducted extended Phase 1 habitat surveys in a variety of settings.
Philip has managed a variety of projects and authored a number of fee proposals and reports, including Preliminary Ecological Appraisal, full Ecological Appraisal reports, more specialised monitoring reports and Ecological Management plans. He has experience using the Defra 2.0 calculator tool in biodiversity gain assessments and to inform habitat enhancement and compensation.
Prior to joining BSG Philip completed his PhD at Imperial College London. This examined mechanistic responses of mammals to logging in South East Asian tropical forests.