Severn Wildlife Rescue is made up of volunteers, passionate about caring for nature.
Co-ordinator and Trainer
I am a registered bat carer under The Bat Conservation Trust and have undergone bat care for over two years. I have rehabilitated a variety of species from birds to bats, manatees to monkeys. I am a licensed ecologist with both Natural England bat level 1 and 2 licenses. I wish to create a safe space for both people and wildlife, to grow and work together and make a positive difference to our UK wildlife species in the form of rescue, rehabilitate and release.
Wildlife and Graphics
I've always had a keen interest in animals from a young age, rescuing wildlife as a child and enjoying learning about nature - especially ponds! However, bats have always been a favourite and I remember doing a large project on them in Year 4 and again during my foundation Art year. I'm a professional animal Artist now an have a passion for a variety of species so when the opportunity to learn more arose, I couldn't wait to be more involved.
My love of wildlife began when I small, when I watched the birds in my nan’s garden and she would tell me all about them. I went on to study Animal Management and volunteered as a zookeeper for 2 years with Dartmoor Zoo, mainly working with big cats and bears. I graduated with a BSc from UWE in Wildlife Conservation in 2017 and began training as a bat carer in 2018. Now I avidly defend and protect wildlife whenever the opportunity arises.
Wildlife Rescue Telephone
I am the first person people speak to when they ring SWR about a rescue. I love being able to assist and chat to people about wildlife. I’ve been studying at the University West of England for five years, and I have been doing lots of volunteering along side. I fell completely in love with bats during my dissertation on the Bechstein’s bat. I am now coming to the end of my masters, and I am working towards a bat licence, a PhD and a very exciting future working with wildlife.
One of my earliest memories of nature is counting bats with my sister. We would stand in the garden, excitedly staring up at the roof, after a tip off from our parents that one was seen. Counting them into the darkness, over many late summer evenings, is a very fond part of my childhood. Although I grew up in the country side, and have always had a big crush on just about every animal and insect, an equal love of music and psychology took me in other directions.
Admin and Fundraising
I cannot remember a time where I was not interested in animals. I frequently dazzled my parents with strange animal facts which I had read at primary school. My passion for bats stemmed from a talk from the Avon bat group in which they brought education bats into my primary school, I have been captivated by them ever since. This passion lead me to study diploma Animal Management at Hartpury College and a Zoology BSc at Reading University.