Severn Wildlife Rescue began with four Cofounders Emily Wilson, Nai Sim, Charley Bird and Ashley Dale.

Due to life events three of the co-founders have taken a back seat in the running of SWR however are still involved in the admin and input. Ashley Dale is now Director of SWR with Isabella Stephens and Ruth Martin as Assistant Directors.

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Meet our Cofounders


Volunteer Coordinator and Bat Care Trainer

             Ecologist, BSc MSc MRSB

Ashley Dale

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. 

Nai Sim

Baby Bat Care Trainer

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.


Admin and Fundraising Coordinator

Emily Wilson

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.