Born and raised in Dorset, I grew up on a farm and was always surrounded by beautiful countryside and seaside scenes at every turn. I think this upbringing really inspired my passion for nature and wildlife. I studied at the at the University of Derby and achieved a 1st class BSc(Hons) Zoology degree following a pathway accredited by CIEEM. For my independent study at on my course, I studied the olfactory relationships of small mammals and produced a blog post for the Mammal Society: Sniffing out the biases in small mammal trapping – The Mammal Society . I am currently a Qualifying member of CIEEM and I am actively working towards my protected species licenses for great crested newts and bats. At EMEC, I assist the ecologists with a multitude of projects and I am currently managing our arboricultural projects and seasonal staff.
I am also involved in the badger vaccination team, where we are working with local land owners to vaccinate badger populations against bTB. I additionally have a keen interest in osteology and spend my spare time collecting and cleaning animal skulls!