I have worked at the Natural History Museum, London since 1977, working on insects and microscope slide collections. I have also been a committee member, past Secretary & Chair, and present Archivist and NFBR rep of the Natural Sciences Collections Association). NatSCA represents the best interests of Natural Science collections and their staff in the UK and is a registered charity.
I sometimes style myself a data naturalist, because I am as intrigued by the detail of species distributions and populations as others are by taxonomy, evolution or behaviour. With an ever-increasing demand for increased quantity and quality of information about our natural environment, NFBR is a vital voice for the perspective and interests of biological recording and recorders.
I am an entomologist and biological recorder. I carry out entomological surveys across a wide range of terrestrial invertebrate groups, provide biodiversity data management support, and teach wildlife identification and recording for organisations including the Field Studies Council, Wildlife Trusts and for the MSc in Biological Recording at Manchester Metropolitan University. I am a Research Fellow at the UK Biological Records Centre within CEH.
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
I have a keen interest in urban wildlife and how humans and wildlife share spaces, especially after nearly a decade of living in London. I moved here after a degree in marine biology took me to Swansea, Wales. I have been with Greenspace Information for Greater London CIC (GiGL) since 2009 and now work with community groups to support recording and data flow. Prior to GiGL I worked doing environmental conservation and education as a youth worker and with adults with learning disabilities.
Prior to becoming manager of CEDaR, I trained as an entomologist, identifying ground beetles and spiders from a range of habitats throughout Ireland. In recent years, I went back to this role, now assisting (when possible) individuals to become competent recorders, particularly of spiders.
I am an Ecologist and work for the NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH). A large part of my role involves monitoring long-term experiments and I am lucky enough to spend time on Salisbury Plain recording chalk grassland plants. I also carry out plant and pollinator surveys on agricultural margins, testing the effectiveness of different planting prescriptions and management options on plant/insect diversity.
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.
I was one of the three paid staff of the British Dragonfly Society. As the Dragonflies in Focus Officer from 2007 my major role was managing the records of the Dragonfly Recording Network. These records were used to produce the Atlas of Dragonflies in Britain and Ireland which was published in 2014.
I work for Butterfly Conservation and co-ordinate the National Moth Recording Scheme and Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey. My key role is to provide support and feedback to the moth and butterfly recording community. I also promote moths, butterflies and the recording of these insects to the wider world. I have a PhD and my research focussed on the role of Myrmica ants in Large Blue Butterfly habitats and the benefits to other rare species.
A lifelong amateur entomologist and more recently a specialist in European parasite flies and one of the founders of the Tachinid Recording Scheme. My role as the Manager of the UK Species Inventory at the Natural History Museum makes good use of my commercial experience in software/database development and my involvement in amateur taxonomy and biological recording. My main focus is in identifying insects and from my childhood I have always needed to know what everything is.
Originally from Somerset, I studied Astrophysics in Cardiff and never left. After a series of short term contracts for National Museum Wales and a stint as a barman, I helped set up and now now work for SEWBReC, the second of Wales' four LERCs. I am county recorder for butterflies and moths in Glamorgan and co-author of "The Moths of Glamorgan", published in 2014.
A life-long naturalist, initially a birdwatcher, I became interested in invertebrates at university and this developed in my first job on the Stoke-on-Trent Environmental Survey in the early 1980s where I was expected to identify anything brought in by the surveyors! Possibly the first square-by-square intensive ecological survey of an urban area this resulted in a series of booklets published by the Potteries Museum, for which I wrote the terrestrial invertebrates volume.
I am a Senior Lecturer in ecology at the University of Sussex where I teach ecology and do research in insect ecology and conservation. Starting with a childhood interest in birds then plants then insects, I have been active in biological recording for as long as I can remember. I was part of the original Co-ordinating Commission on Biological Recording (CCBR). I have run the national recording scheme for the Auchenorrhyncha (leafhoppers and related groups) for many years, which currently holds about 100,000 records for 400 species.
John van Breda
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 grew up in Lenzie, just outside Glasgow. I got a BSc in Zoology at Glasgow University and then an MSc in Ecology at Aberdeen. While at Aberdeen, my awareness and interest in Scottish wildlife really took off. My career as a naturalist started in earnest when I started volunteering at Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve after University. After that, two seasons at Aigas Field Centre near Inverness really built up my skills and knowledge.
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.