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.
Since graduating (via a short stint in the commercial realities of the banking world), I have gained over 8 years of experience of working for a LERC, at SEWBReC in Cardiff. This has given me a great understanding of data management and a sincere appreciation for the work of volunteer recorders. In my current role of Senior Projects and Communications Officer, I spend much of my time spreading the word about the ways in which SEWBReC can assist local recorders, whilst conceiving of ways to encourage biological recording, particularly for under recorded areas and groups.
In my spare time I am a reformed birdwatcher, having discovered the greater joys of studying the smaller and multi-legged nature to be found in Cardiff and beyond. I am currently working on my meagre ID skills, mostly concentrating on Orthoptera (grasshoppers & bush crickets), Hemiptera (true bugs) and Tipulidae (craneflies). I have an interest in urban wildlife, and the nature which is often overlooked on our own doorsteps. I have recorded over 200 species from my little garden in Cardiff centre, and have recently taken on an allotment, merely with plans of using it as an insect hunting ground.
You can read my (very) occasional blogs here: https://elaineeepoos.blogspot.co.uk/.