Ecological Consultants
Ecological Consultants

Our Team

Chris Damant MCIEEM

Chris is the director of Bernwood and Principle Ecologist


Proficient in all aspects of Natural History, Chris is especially interested in calcareous grassland communities and European species of bats, undertaking studies in Europe (Poland and Lokrum Island, Croatia) and studying the Bechsteins bat in the UK. Chris is fully licenced with Natural England to use a range of capture techniques, including mist netting, harp trapping and hand netting for the purposes of scientific research (class 3 & 4), is a registered consultant on the Bat Mitigatiion Class License (BMCL) and the Bats in Churches Licence (BiCL) .


Chris holds a Natural England Science and Education licence (class 1) for great crested newts and an Education licence to possess great crested newts, as well as a number of project licenses.


In his spare time Chris experiments with new technologies that he can apply to the observation of wildlife, including the use of motion cameras, thermal imaging and digital camera techniques.


Chris has co-authored and contributed to many publications. 


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Emily Dickins M.Sc MCIEEM

Emily is a Senior Ecologist at Bernwood. She has worked for Bernwood since February 2012. She is a graduate of Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, undertaking a B.Sc in Wildlife Biology, Ecology and Conservation, and a graduate of Cranfield University, Bedfordshire, undertaking an M.Sc in Land Management specialising in Ecological Conservation.


Emily holds a Natural England Science and Eductaion licence (Class 1) for great crested newts and bats (class 3 & 4) as well as research licences for bats, and great crested newt license to posess for educational purposes. She has led school interactive education days on urban wildlife.


Emily has authored and co-authered publications. 


Joshua Sowden M.Sc ACIEEM

Josh is an Ecologist, working with Bernwood since 2019 to go on to join the team full time in October 2019. He is a graduate of University of Plymouth, undertaking a M.Sc in Environmental Consultancy. Prior to this, Josh studied for a B.Sc in Marine Biology at the University of Plymouth.


Josh holds a Natural England Science and Education licence (class 1) for great crested newts and (class 2) for bats.


Josh has worked in ecological consultancy since 2013 and undertakes field surveys for a variety of species and habitats, data analysis, digital mapping and report writing. Josh is experienced in developing mitigation strategies for reptiles and carries out breeding bird surveys.


Sue Damant

Sue Damant is a director of Bernwood, working as the company secretary since 1998. Prior to this Sue worked for The National Trust, including Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire and Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire.


Sue can assist with any enquiries, and offer administrative support in relation to our business.


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Bernwood ECS Ltd

Hensmans Farm
Nearton End

MK17 0SL

Tel: 01296 728351

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