Phil Chapman | Senior Ecologist | Oxford


Phil joined BSG Ecology in March 2019. He has extensive experience in leading protected species survey and ecological assessment ranging from small-scale house extensions up to large energy and residential developments.

Phil 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, winter vantage point and walkover surveys for waterfowl, recreational disturbance assessments, roost counts, and bespoke surveys for breeding nightjar, peregrine 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 and nest monitor (particularly for barn owls in Oxfordshire).

Phil has also worked on a variety of other protected species surveys and holds a Level 1 survey class licence for great crested newt. He has extensive bat survey experience including emergence and re-entry surveys, transect and static detector activity surveys, ground-level roost assessments and assisting licensed ecologists with internal inspections. He has also conducted water vole, dormouse, badger and reptile surveys in a range of scenarios from initial assessment, licence implementation and post-construction monitoring. He is a capable ecological Clerk of Works, having worked on destructive searches for reptiles, compliance checks, nesting bird checks and other tasks requiring a watching brief. He has conducted extended Phase 1 habitat surveys in a variety of settings and is a capable botanist, including hunting orchids in his spare time.

Phil 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 management plans. He is capable at using the Defra calculator tool in biodiversity net gain assessments and to inform habitat enhancement and compensation.

Prior to joining BSG Phil 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, camera trapping, survey planning, leading field teams and conducting analyses. His PhD has left him with excellent communication skills which he continues to develop as a consultant. In his spare time he plays badminton, goes birdwatching and is a keen aviation enthusiast and scale modeller.

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