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) 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 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 and research studies. Specialist areas include botany, ornithology, protected species, environmental planning, legal compliance and EIA. He holds or regularly holds survey licences or derogation/mitigation licences for bats, great crested newts and badgers.

As an expert witness, Dominic has presented evidence on a diverse range of ecology topics for call-ins, appeals, Transport and Works inquires, Compulsory Purchase Order inquiries and judicial review cases, representing mostly private sector clients but also appearing on behalf of local authorities and even acting in an independent capacity.

Sam Watson BSc (Hons) MCIEEM
Senior Ecologist

Sam has been with Bioscan since 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 is a full member of the CIEEM.

Sam has extensive experience of managing a broad variety of projects, from carrying out surveys and producing reports in support of simple planning applications through to co-ordinating multi-disciplinary survey teams and reporting outputs for large and complex sites requiring EIA. He has also recently made his first appearance as an expert witness at Public Inquiry, successfully winning the ecology part of his client’s appeal case. Sam’s particular areas of expertise include Phase 1 and Phase 2 habitat surveys and protected species surveys and licensing, in particular related to badgers, bats and great crested newts for which he holds both survey and development/mitigation licences. 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.

Geoff Moxon BSc (Hons) MSc MCIEEM
Senior Ecologist

Geoff has worked as a consultant ecologist at Bioscan (UK) Ltd since 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.

Since joining Bioscan, Geoff has conducted numerous ecological surveys (incorporating a wide range of protected species but specialising in bats, dormice and botanical survey), and he holds Natural England survey licences for bats, dormice and great crested newts, and NRW survey licences for bats and dormice. He has been responsible for ‘cradle to grave’ management of numerous smaller projects (many relating to bats and often involving procurement of European Protected Species development licences), but is increasingly being called upon to manage larger projects - recently he has co-managed EIA outputs for large housing developments and major windfarms. He was promoted to a senior role in 2012.

Rebecca Read BSc (Hons) MCIEEM
Senior Ecologist

Rebecca joined Bioscan in 2013, having worked in nature conservation since 2006 and as an ecological consultant since 2008. She has worked on a diverse range of projects from large-scale multi-use developments to small-scale barn conversions, working across the residential, commercial and educational sectors. Rebecca is responsible for ecological survey and co-ordination, project management, and delivery of ecological advice in the context of current planning policy and wildlife legislation. Her role also includes preparing ecological assessment reports, ecology chapters for Environmental Impact Assessment and ecological input to BREEAM assessments.

Rebecca is an 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 schemes of mitigation for a range of protected species, leading to the successful acquisition of development/mitigation licences. Rebecca is also a keen botanist and has experience of survey and assessment of non-statutory nature conservation designations (Local Wildlife Sites or SINCs) in several counties across the UK. Rebecca is a full member of the CIEEM.

Ben Carpenter BSc (Hons) MCIEEM
Consultant 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, has was employed full-time by Bioscan in 2007. He is an full member of the CIEEM.

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.

Keir Parsons

After working for Bioscan under contract as an ecological clerk of works on a high profile project in 2007, Keir joined the practice full-time in 2008. Since then he has either led on or been involved in a large number of surveys for bats, badgers, great crested newts, reptiles and other protected species, as well as managing a growing number of small projects and conducting Phase 1 surveys. Keir possesses a great crested newt survey licence and is also certified (CS38 Award) to climb trees and perform aerial rescue for the purposes of carrying out bat surveys (currently carried out in conjunction with licenceholders). He is an affiliate member of the CIEEM.

Sarah Thornton BSc (Hons) MSc ACIEEM

Sarah graduated from University of Glasgow in 2008 and after a period with the RSPB in 2009 and completing a Masters degree at Oxford Brookes in 2010, she joined Bioscan full time in 2011. She has since been involved in numerous surveys for bats, badgers, great crested newts and other protected fauna, as well as some habitat and botanical survey work and involvement in the day to day management of projects. She holds a survey licence for great crested newts and is currently a associate member of the CIEEM.

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