Project Manager (Flyways)

About me

I am a wildfowl biologist with a background in monitoring, research and reserve management. Much of my work has focussed on migratory studies of geese and ducks, but I have also spent ten years managing wetland reserves. I have a broad interest in ecology, behaviour and demography using research to inform conservation and management of wildfowl. I worked for RSPB in 1984-1987 (and again in 2002-2008) and for WWT from 1987-2002 and from 2008 to present.


Out-posted Project Manager (Flyways) working from home in Scotland. Current research projects include telemetry studies of Iceland/Greenland Pink-footed, Taiga Bean and Greenland White-fronted Geese with the broad aims of documenting life-history traits of declining species of conservation concern and their response to industrial infrastructure developments such as wind turbines. I am also involved in researching the factors affecting the decline in the Scottish breeding population of Common Scoter and support the Goose & Swan Monitoring Programme.


  • Licensed cannon-netter (over 240 successful catches) and A ringer since 1989.
  • Experience of project management.
  • I dabble with GIS, ‘R’, policy and website design.


Wang, X., Cao, L., Fox, A.D., Fuller, R., Griffin, L., Mitchell, C., Zhao, Y., Moon, O-K., Cabot, D., Xu, Z., Batbayar, N., Kölzsch, A., van der Jeugd, H.P., Madsen, J., Chen, L. & Nathan, R. (2019). Stochastic simulations reveal few green wave surfing populations among spring migrating herbivorous waterfowl. Nature Communications, Vol. 10, Article 2187

Mitchell, C., Griffin, L., Maciver, A, Minshull, B. & Mckan, N. (2016). Migration routes, stop-over locations and breeding area of Taiga Bean Geese Anser fabalis fabalis wintering in central Scotland. Bird Study 63: 437-446

Madsen, J., Tjørnløv, R.S., Frederiksen, M., Mitchell, C. & Sigfússon, A. (2013). Connectivity between flyway populations of waterbirds: assessment of rates of exchange, their causes and consequences. Journal of Applied Ecology 51(1): 183-193

Mitchell, C., Griffin, L., Trinder, M., Newth, J. & Urquhart, C. (2011) The status and distribution of summering Greylag Geese in Scotland, 2008/09. Bird Study 58: 338-348