Meet our Cofounders

Severn Wildlife Rescue is made up of volunteers, passionate about caring for nature. 

Ashley Dale
Volunteer Coordinator and Bat Care Trainer

I am a registered bat carer under The Bat Conservation Trust and I have been a bat carer since 2017. I have rehabilitated a variety of species from birds to bats, manatees to monkeys. I am a licensed ecologist with both Natural England and Natural Resources Wales bat level 1 and 2 licenses. I have a BSc in Zoology and an MSc in Global Wildlife Health and Conservation. 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.

Charley Bird
Volunteer Welfare Coordinator

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. 

Emily Wilson
Admin and Fundraising Coordinator

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. 

Nai Sim
Wildlife and Graphics Coordinator

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.