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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 surveys.

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.


Consultancy ~ Training ~ Research Projects ~ Species Advice

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