From childhood, I have always had a keen interest in nature conservation and the natural environment. This took me from growing up in Suffolk to Yorkshire, where I completed a degree in Physical Geography. From there I carried out research into small-scale past landscapes in the North York Moors, specialising in pollen analysis and geomorphological change in fluvial systems. In 2005 I became a project officer involved in setting up the Humber Environmental Data Centre.
I am a tutor and regional coordinator for the Seasearch national recording scheme, Trustee of the Yorkshire Naturalists’ Union (YNU) and recorder for the YNU’s Marine and Coastal Section. I have worked for the NBN Trust, Sheffield Wildlife Trust and Sheffield City Council’s Ecology Unit & Local Records Centre, and am now undertaking PhD research at Newcastle University on mapping marine habitats from remote sensing data. I joined NFBR Council to help facilitate exchange of ideas, experience and best practice between marine recording schemes and those which focus on terrestrial and fre
Since 2002 I have been the Director of the North and East Yorkshire Ecological Data Centre, which aims to improve and inform environmental planning and stewardship in North and East Yorkshire through the collation, management and dissemination of biodiversity information. Prior to that, I was for 9 years a Senior Lecturer at Askham Bryan College in York.
A main personal interest has always been biology and nature conservation, and industrial history. I currently work for a County Council heading a team of environmental specialists, including the local records centre, to ensure the right environmental information is used in local planning and is available to local recording communities. I’ve been active in wildlife trusts for over forty years and previously worked as a museum curator for nearly thirty. I know that good biodiversity information supports so much, and we need to spread the word. I believe NFBR has an important and unique ro
I’m a senior lecturer in plant ecology and director of biological recording programmes at Manchester Metropolitan University. Field Identification Skills Certificates (FISCs) were developed by Sue Townsend of FSC and me and we run these through the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (of which I am a trustee). I’m interested in aquatic plant ecology and the assessment and quantification of field skills. Currently I’m chair of the BSBI’s Training and Education committee and am a trustee of the Linnean Society of London (and also vice-president). If I had to describe myself in three
I have fostered my interest in natural history from childhood, influenced by great naturalist authors such as Gerald Durrell. I studied BSc Countryside Management at Aberystwyth University, a course which covered the practical methods and scientific importance of ecology but also looked at the ways in which humans and the natural world interact. The humanities aspects of the course particularly intrigued me, including the social and economic challenges of rural life and the pressures that human recreation places upon wildlife and habitats.