Ecology Team

Danial Winchester BSc (Hons) MCIEEM Ecology Services Manager

Danial is responsible for the day to day running of the Surrey Wildlife Trust Ecology Services consultancy. Danial is an experienced project manager and also specialises in protected species surveys, mitigation (particularly for reptiles, amphibians and dormice) and non-native invasive species surveys. Danial has a BSc (Honours) degree in Animal Biology and Conservation and is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).

Danial holds Natural England survey licenses for Great Crested Newt, Dormouse, Sand Lizard, Smooth Snake and Roman Snail and Natural England mitigation licenses for Dormouse. Danial is a member of Surrey Amphibian and Reptile Group, Surrey Bat Group, West Surrey Badger Group, Surrey Mammal Group, Butterfly Conservation and Bumblebee Conservation Trust; and is involved in voluntary monitoring projects for various species such as White-Clawed Crayfish, Natterjack Toad, Great Crested Newt, Smooth Snake and Sand Lizard.

Isobel Girvan BSc (Hons) MCIEEM Principal Ecologist

Isobel has worked for 15 years within the environmental sector and is an experienced botanist and Phase 1, 2, NVC surveyor. She has an Environmental Sciences degree from Surrey University and a postgraduate certificate in Biological Monitoring & Species identification from the University of Birmingham. After completing her degree Isobel moved to Somerset Environmental Records Centre to work as a trainee Environmental Surveyor and Biodiversity Projects Officer. In 1997, she moved back to Surrey to begin working at the Wildlife Trust. She is now the Principal Ecologist specialising in botanical surveys and management plans.

She is a member of the Surrey Botanical Society, Botanical Society of the British Isles, the British Myriapod & Isopod Group (BMIG) and is the Leader for Surrey’s lowland unimproved neutral and dry acid grassland Habitat Action Plan.

Claire Gibbs BSc (Hons) MSc MCIEEM Senior Ecologist

Having worked for over 10 years in the conservation sector, Claire is experienced in undertaking Phase 1 habitat surveys as well as Phase 2 botanical surveys. She has a first class degree in Ecology and Conservation and a Masters in Environmental Management.

Claire coordinates and undertakes surveys of Local Wildlife Sites, known as Sites of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCIs) in Surrey, on behalf of local authorities. She has a particular expertise in the production of management plans for sites in the CMS (Countryside Management System) format and is a certified auditor for the Biodiversity Benchmark scheme coordinated by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts.