Ecologist Team

Victoria Burrows B.Sc. (Hons) M.Sc. CEnv MCIEEM

Director and Principal Ecologist

Having worked at ERAP since 2001, Victoria became Director of ERAP (Consultant Ecologists) Ltd in March 2017.

She holds a Bachelors degree in Environmental Biology from the University of Manchester and a Masters in Ecology from Lancaster University.

Victoria’s responsibilities involve the implementation and management of a wide range of projects whilst mentoring and working with other members of the ecologist team.  She is involved with all aspects of the ecological services ERAP provides but specialises in licensed bat surveys, surveys for and preparation of Environmental and Ecological Impact Assessments (EIA and EcIA), BREEAM, preparation and implementation of various mitigation schemes for protected species and conservation management plans.

Victoria is a Registered Consultant under the Bat Low Impact Class Licence (BLICL) and the Great Crested Newt Low Impact Class Licence (GCNLICL) issued by Natural England.  These class licences enables sites to be registered to facilitate works to assist project programming, finances and bat welfare.

Victoria has achieved Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) status with the Society for the Environment.   This has enabled Victoria to be involved with the preparation of information for Public Inquiry and has presented evidence as an expert witness.

Victoria is an active member of South Lancashire Bat Group and is a registered, licensed Natural England bat warden.  She also assists with other conservation groups and her roles comprise Treasurer of Pencon (a local nature conservation group).


Brian Robinson B.Sc. (Hons) MCIEEM

Senior Ecologist

With over 4 years experience working in the environmental sector undertaking practical habitat management Brian joined ERAP in 2007.  Whilst working with ERAP Brian has focused on ecological survey and has experience in Phase 1 and NVC habitat assessment, protected species surveys and mitigation work.  Brian has undertaken and assisted with the survey and implementation of mitigation for Great Crested Newt, Badger, Water Vole and bats, and achieved his Natural England bat roost survey licence in 2011.

Brian has developed the mapping system used at ERAP and his work was recently commended by planning inspectors during a Public Inquiry.

Brian holds the position of secretary and newsletter editor for the South Lancashire Bat Group.  He is a keen entomologist and has recently begun to study solitary and social bees as well as hoverflies to add to his knowledge of butterflies and dragonflies.

Amy Sharples B.Sc. (Hons) M.Sc. GradCIEEM


After achieving a Bachelors degree in Biology and a Masters in Biodiversity and Conservation at the University of Leeds, Amy joined ERAP in 2012.  Whilst working with ERAP Amy has been assisting with Phase 1 Habitat Surveys, protected species surveys and mitigation work.  Amy has so far assisted with the survey and implementation of mitigation for Great Crested Newt, Water Vole, Badger and bats.

Chris Schofield B.Sc. (Hons) M.Sc. GradCIEEM


Chris joined our team in 2013 after achieving a Bachelors degree in Biology at Nottingham University, and a distinction in an Ecology and the Environment Masters at Lancaster University.  Whilst at Lancaster, Chris’ research focused on the habitat and parental characteristics affecting the breeding success of Blue Tits.

Before joining ERAP, Chris worked at an Ornithology Research Institute in Bavaria, Germany, where he researched the evolution of variation in Great Tit populations, through laboratory and field experiments.  Also, in the summer of 2011, Chris was part of a conservation team in Guyana which conducted various biodiversity surveys in the pristine rainforest.  Here, he gained experience of bird and bat mist netting, as well as surveying for large mammals and herpetofauna.

Chris has so far assisted the team in Extended Phase 1 Habitat Surveys, National Vegetation Classification and report writing.

Carol Flaxman B.Sc. (Hons) GradCIEEM


After graduating from Bangor University with a first class Bachelors degree in Ecology, Carol joined ERAP in 2014.

As part of her university studies, Carol spent time researching in South Africa. Here, she looked into the effects that elephants and canopy cover have on the bird diversity on a small private Game Reserve. In doing this, she gained experience of surveying birds, African mega fauna and vegetation.

Since joining the team, Carol has assisted with Extended Phase 1 Habitat Surveys, National Vegetation Classification and report writing.

Specialist Ecologists

ERAP (Consultant Ecologists) Ltd works closely with its team of qualified, specialist ecologists throughout the UK on a sub-contract basis to assist the consultancy in long-distance commissions so that it is able to provide an efficient, economic, and high-class countrywide service to clients.

Specialisms include:

  • Ornithological (bird) surveys
  • Invertebrate surveys (terrestrial and aquatic)