The company


Bioscan employs a dedicated team of experienced full-time professionals at its Oxford office, but where necessary we are also able to draw upon a range of specialist sub-contractors with whom we have an excellent working relationship, as well as experts in the academic world.

The company’s geographic range of work covers all of the UK, and extends overseas. Clients include energy and utility companies, mineral operators, property developers and house builders, private individuals, local authorities, government agencies, and both national and international conservation organisations.

The company prides itself on quality and integrity and we are committed to maintaining the highest possible professional standards in all aspects of our work.

Key staff

Brief descriptions are provided for the following principal staff:

Dominic Woodfield BSc (Hons) CEcol CEnv MCIEEM

Dominic Woodfield is the Managing Director at Bioscan, joining the company in December 1998 as senior ecologist and becoming a director in 2000. After graduating in 1993 he worked briefly for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and has since been a UK-based ecological consultant working principally for private sector clients. He is a Chartered Ecologist, Chartered Environmentalist and a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).

Dominic’s project experience is comprehensive, ranging from single-species issues on small sites, through to EIA co-ordination on large infrastructure projects, and from project inception and scheme design through to implementation, site monitoring, research studies and expert witness work. Technical specialisms include botany, ornithology, protected species, environmental planning, legal compliance, EIA and HRA. He holds or regularly holds survey and derogation/mitigation licences for bats, great crested newts and badgers covering both England and Wales.

As an expert witness, Dominic has a formidable reputation amongst legal and planning professionals, and he has worked with a number of top-rated counsel. He has presented evidence on a diverse range of ecology topics to numerous Section 77 and 78 public inquiries, Transport and Works inquires, Compulsory Purchase Order inquiries and also to various examinations in public related to Local and Minerals Plans, and to nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs). He has also regularly been a witness in judicial review cases, including in the High Court, First Tier Tribunal and Court of Appeal. Most representation has been for private sector clients but he has also appeared on behalf of local authorities, private claimants and even acted in an independent capacity.

Sam Watson BSc (Hons) MCIEEM
Principal Ecologist

Sam joined Bioscan in 2003 after graduating with an honours degree in Ecology from Lancaster University and following short periods with Hastings Borough Council and as a trainee Conservation Ranger in Rye Bay. He was made a senior consultant in 2007 and a principal consultant in 2019. He is a full member of the CIEEM.

Sam has long and extensive experience of managing a broad variety of projects, from survey through to reporting and presentation of evidence at inquiry. He is adept at efficient co-ordination of large-scale projects requiring multi-disciplinary survey teams and substantial reporting outputs such as EIA and HRA. Sam’s particular areas of technical expertise include habitat and protected species surveys and licensing, in particular related to bats, badgers and great crested newts for which he holds both survey and development/mitigation licences. Sam is also registered to use the Low Impact Class Licence for bats which offers a streamlined route to securing derogation for the more commonly encountered bat species and their roosts. With a high degree of familiarity with the planning and legal framework related to ecology, Sam is also well placed to provide valuable strategic advice at pre-purchase, application and post-application stages, and generates a significant volume of repeat business due to his diligence and client care and the results he achieves.

Rebecca Read BSc (Hons) MCIEEM
Principal Ecologist

Rebecca joined Bioscan in 2013, having worked in nature conservation since 2006 and as an ecological consultant since 2008. She was made a principal in 2019 and is a full member of the CIEEM.

She manages a diverse range of case work ranging from large and complex nationally significant infrastructure (NSIP) projects to small-scale barn conversions and has a depth of experience across the residential, minerals, commercial, energy, transport and marine sectors. She is a highly experienced field ecologist with strong protected species survey skills, and holds Natural England and Natural Resources Wales survey licences for bats, dormouse and great crested newt, as well as a Natural England licence to survey for Roman snail. She has designed and overseen the implementation of schemes of mitigation for a range of protected species, including badgers, bats, great crested newts, dormice and water voles, leading to the smooth and successful acquisition of development/mitigation licences. Rebecca is also a keen botanist and has extensive experience of survey and assessment of habitats across much of the UK. She is valued by clients for efficient ecological survey and co-ordination, project management, and delivery of sound and robust ecological advice and technical outputs (including EIA and HRA), drawing on her sound understanding of current planning policy and wildlife legislation.

Geoff Moxon BSc (Hons) MSc MCIEEM
Senior Ecologist

Geoff joined Bioscan in 2008, prior to which he was a survey assistant at the Somerset Environmental Records Centre (SERC) and involved in a variety of environmental research projects in Asia, Africa, Central America and Europe. He is a full member of the CIEEM.

Geoff has particular technical specialisms in bats, dormice and botanical survey and is responsible for managing a diverse range of projects in the residential, minerals and energy sectors, up to and including EIA and HRA projects, for which he is able to draw upon significant experience in relevant planning policy, law and the design and execution of mitigation and compensation strategies. He holds Natural England survey licences for bats, dormice and great crested newts, and NRW survey licences for bats and dormice. He was promoted to a senior role in 2012.

Ben Carpenter BSc (Hons) MCIEEM
Senior Ecologist

Ben graduated with an honours degree in wildlife management from Sparsholt in 2002. After periods as a freelance ornithological consultant and part time researcher, he was employed full-time by Bioscan in 2007. He is a full member of the CIEEM and was made a senior ecologist in 2019.

Ben’s particular area of expertise is in ornithological surveys, including for windfarm developments, but as well as an expanding role in project management, he also conducts a variety of other field surveys including Phase 1 habitat and botanical surveys and protected species surveys, in particular badgers, bats and great crested newts. He holds a Natural England survey licence for the last of these species.

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