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If it’s got fur or feathers then I’m basically interested! I developed my zeal for ecology during many a formative hour trailing my gamekeeping father around the south Shropshire countryside. Whilst mammals have become a dedication, birds will always retain my devotion with migration and waders a real affection of mine. As happy in the Saharan Desert or in an Estonian forest, if there’s a glimmer of hope of seeing something incredible (in my eyes, even non-descript shrews fall into this category) I’ll be at the head of the queue!
Martyn was raised in the Shropshire countryside and spent a considerable amount of time on the North Wales coast. It was during this time that he discovered his interest in natural history, and particularly birds. This passion developed while studying for a degree in Ecology and led to a career on ecological consultancy. Martyn currently fulfills a number of voluntary ecology related roles (including being the Shropshire Bird Recorder), and is interested in all aspects of the natural world. He is a parent to two young children and is passionate about engaging children with nature.
I have broad interests in ecology and conservation biology and am especially passionate about tropical biodiversity and understanding conservation challenges and opportunities in human-modified landscapes. I have over 13 years of research experience in the tropics, which has provided me with a deep understanding of many of the on-the-ground challenges facing the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services – and the ways that science can help in addressing such challenges.
I am a young wildlife enthusiast and aspiring photographer, with a love for the natural world. I have lived half my life on a small island off the coast of Wales, called Bardsey, where I gained a real appreciation and interest in the wildlife and birds that inhabit its shores. I hope to pursue a career in conservation and the environment, with a particular emphasis on birds. I am currently studying a degree in Conservation Biology with the University of Exeter, based in the superb Tremough Campus in Cornwall.
Gus is from Edinburgh, although he spends a great deal of his time in Aberdeen studying Countryside and Environmental Management at the Aberdeen campus of Scotland’s Rural College. Gus loves being outdoors and learning about the outdoors! His interest in nature and the outdoors has always been there, but it really started to take hold of him when his gran introduced him to bird watching. From there this spread into trees and mammals, and now Gus's main aim is to become a well rounded ecologist, whose passion for our environment hopefully rubs off on others and helps them on their way to enjoying it as much as he does.
I am a primate enthusiast (no bias intended), amateur wildlife photographer and lover of the great outdoors. I have a BSc in Zoology and Conservation from Bangor University, an MSc in Zoo Conservation Biology and a PGCE in further education from Plymouth University. I am currently a lecturer and course leader to animal care students. I hope to inspire young people to get involved in zoology and conservation. I hail originally from Northern Ireland where I grew up by the river watching herons, kingfishers and the occasional otter but I am willing to make my home wherever conservation takes me.
Nigel is a former lecturer in botany and ecology at Bangor University where he also curated the botanic garden, pursuing his wide interest in natural history, and public understanding and engagement with science and wildlife. He has been Vice-county co- recorder for Anglesey for the Botanical Society of the British Isles for 10 years.
Watching the ungainly fuzzes of bumblebees barrel haphazardly between heads of field scabious while I sit on a grassy knoll with the soft sun warming my back and my dog by my side, I am rarely more contented. I am a naturalist and photographer from North East Wales with a great love for invertebrates, especially bees. I currently study Zoology with the University of Exeter in Cornwall and spend the majority of my time trying to inspire people about invertebrates.