Meet our Cofounders

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

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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Jude Piper
Bird Care Coordinator

Jude originally came to us a volunteer, but over the course of a year she has become vital in the running of SWR. So naturally we asked her to become a cofounder and help us with the running of our rescue! 

Jude is amazing, she travels across the country to pick up injured and abused lambs for Goatacre Sanctuary, meanwhile caring for ducks for Coppershell Farm Sanctuary. In the summer she helps us by raising pigeon and seagull chicks that need round the clock care. She is a true wildlife superhero and one we are glad to have on our team!

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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.