Science & Monitoring
Dr Katherine Boughey, Head of Science & Monitoring
Katherine joined BCT in 2012. As Monitoring and Science Manager she oversees the National Bat Monitoring Programme (NBMP) and BCT's scientific work. She has extensive experience in spatial analysis, GIS and survey design. Her PhD at the University of East Anglia used NBMP data to model that habitat associations of UK bats at a variety of spatial scales, demonstrating the importance of small woodland patches and hedgerow trees for bats.
Prior to becoming Monitoring and Science Manager, Katherine led the Partnership for Biodiversity in Planning, a partnership of 17 key organisations representing the planning and conservation sectors that are working together to improve the consideration of biodiversity in the planning process. She is an experienced bat surveyor, having worked with bats in many countries, including in Cambodia, where she was part of a team that identified two species of bat not previously recorded in the country. She is a founding member of the Norfolk Barbastelle Study Group and a member of Norwich Bat Group.
Philip Briggs, Monitoring Manager
Philip joined BCT in 2003 and has been involved in the voluntary conservation sector since 1998. He developed an interest in bats in 2001 through volunteering at one of London's best bat sites, the WWT London Wetland Centre, where he assists with regular bat surveys and leads bat walks and wildlife walks. He is a member of London Bat Group and Dorset Bat Group and spends a lot of his spare time leading or assisting with surveys of London's open spaces. Philip finds this very rewarding as, although London's bat habitat is somewhat fragmented, the region certainly has its fair share of interesting species. He also leads the Richmond Bat Species Action Plan steering group which works to protect and enhance habitat and improve public engagement in this important borough for bats.
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David Williamson, NBMP Survey Coordinator
David joined BCT in August 2018 as the National Bat Monitoring Programme Survey Coordinator. He is passionate about bat conservation and the work done by the NBMP, having previously taken part in field, waterway and hibernation surveys as a volunteer. Prior to working for BCT he was a trainee at the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust and is also a member of the Herts and Middlesex Bat Group where he has had the opportunity to take part in a number of projects including the National Nathusius' Pipistrelle Project and the Hertfordshire Barbastelle Bat Project.
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