Philip joined BSG Ecology in March 2019.
Philip has conducted a variety of breeding bird surveys using the Common Bird Census and used the results to produce territory maps. His experience also includes checking buildings for nesting barn owl (under supervision of a permit holder) and both contributing to and leading territory surveys for breeding nightjar in Derbyshire. He has conducted waterfowl surveys at a London reservoir SSSI to assess recreational disturbance impacts on breeding and wintering wildfowl, and winter wader surveys of arable farmland in Oxfordshire in connection with a planning application. Philip has also volunteered extensively as a bird surveyor in the UK with the BTO. He is a keen bird ringer and gained his C permit during 2018. Philip has experience of monitoring several species at the nest for his BA dissertation, and monitoring barn owl (a Schedule 1 protected bird).
Philip has also worked on a variety of protected species surveys, including bats (emergence and activity surveys), great crested newt, water vole and reptiles. He has also conducted extended Phase 1 habitat surveys in a variety of settings and worked on protected species mitigation including translocation of reptiles and great crested newts and post-construction habitat monitoring. His ecological Clerk of Works experience includes destructive searches for reptiles and nesting bird checks on construction sites.
Philip has managed a variety of projects and authored a number of fee proposals and reports, including Preliminary Ecological Appraisal, full Ecological Appraisal reports and more specialised monitoring reports.
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. He gained extensive experience of live trapping small mammals, mark-recapture techniques and camera trap surveys, as well as survey planning, leading volunteer field teams and conducting analyses.