Paul Chanin: an internationally known mammal ecologist with extensive experience in consultancy, surveys, training and research.

I AM NOW LARGELY RETIRED and only take on occasional work, mainly for clients I have worked with extensively in the past. I occasionally work for new ones who have problems I believe I can help with but only on otters and dormice.

While I am still reasonably up to date with information on the ecology of these animals I have made no attempt to keep abreast of any changes in legislation following Brexit or recent changes in licensing practice and requirements.

For the time being, the rest of this website is largely unchanged.

August 2021

Recently, most of my work was as a specialist ecological consultant, mainly working with otters, and dormice. I have over forty year's experience, first as a lecturer at Exeter University and for the last twelve years as an independent mammal ecologist.

This experience has been an great asset to clients when I took on unusual and difficult projects. These have lead to considerable savings, on one occasion a seven figure sum, where less knowledgeable ecologists had come across an apparently insurmountable obstacle.

Having been involved in the design of the 'standard' method for otter surveying in the 1970s, I have long had an interest in survey techniques and have devised approaches to a number of situations and species, including otter surveying in Special Areas for Conservation for the Environment Agency and English Nature, and survey methods for red squirrels and pine marten on a very large infrastructure project in Ireland. With the late Michael Woods I devised the method used to assess survey effort in the standard protocol for dormouse nest tube surveys. More recenly I have worked with Simone Bullion on various approaches to surveying dormice

I used to deliver bespoke courses on protected mammals for clients - from large international companies to small independent consultants. In the past I ran field courses at Slapton Ley Field Centrefor the Field Studies Council and contributed to courses at Bath Spa University.


Consultancy ~ Training ~ Research Projects ~ Species Advice

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