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Paul Chanin: an internationally known mammal ecologist with
extensive experience in consultancy, surveys, training and research.
Today, most of my work is as a
specialist ecological consultant, mainly working with otters, badgers and
dormice. I have over thirty five year's experience,
first as a lecturer at Exeter University and for the last twelve years as an
independent mammal ecologist.
This experience is a great asset to clients and I increasingly take on
unusual and difficult projects. This can 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
I am available for advice and survey work on a wide range of mammals, at all
stages leading up to the submission of licence applications for protected
species and overseeing their implementation. Also for guiding and mentoring
less experienced ecologists through this process.
My twenty four years as an adult education lecturer has also been
beneficial and I regularly deliver bespoke courses on protected mammals
for clients - from large international companies to small independent
consultants. In the past I ran annual field courses at Slapton
Ley Field Centre for many years for the Field Studies Council and
currently contribute to courses at Bath Spa University.