Meet Our English Team

South West England

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

  • Isabella Stephens
    Volunteer Bat Carer

    I fell completely in love with bats during my dissertation on the Bechstein’s bat. I have completed a MSc in Advanced Wildlife Conversation in Practice at UWE and I am working towards a bat licence, I am  an ecologist and have been working as a bat carer for over two years. I absolutely adore bats and is looking forward to training the new recruits this year!

  • Max Alwyn
    Wildlife and Volunteer Welfare

    From an early memory of counting bats at my parents house, I've always had a strong affinity for nature. It wasn't until I was lucky enough to work with primates in Central America that I realised my deep desire to be more proactive with wildlife. Now I'm studying conservation at UWE, and spend most of my free time in a range of local wildlife volunteer groups. It's such a privilege to be part of another amazing group with Severn Wildlife Rescue.

  • Jude Piper
    Volunteer Bird Carer

    I am based in Bath and my specialist subjects are gulls and pigeons but I really enjoy rehab and release of all kinds of birds. I have volunteered with SWR since May 2020 and have enjoyed being a part of such a supportive group of people dedicated to saving wildlife.

    Penny who is in this picture next to me, lives at Goatacre Animal Sanctuary and loves selfies!

  • Bethany Lewis 
    Volunteer Bird Carer

    I grew up always surrounded by animals and my love for them has grown ever since. As I got older my interest in conservation also grew and I knew I wanted to do what ever I could to help out our local wildlife. This is where volunteering with SWR came in. I have been with the charity since the start and couldn’t be happier working with such an amazing team of passionate, likeminded people. 

  • Ellie Hack
    Frome Bat Carer

    Ellie is a bat ecologist with over two years experience working in bat research, conservation and consultancy. She has volunteered as a bat carer with Severn Wildlife Rescue since April 2020, and covers areas surrounding Frome including Bath and Wiltshire. Ellie has experience dealing with complex injuries in bats, and bat flight training.
    Ellie holds a Natural England Level 2 Class License for bats.

    When not taking part in bat work, Ellie enjoys wild swimming, and caring for her collection of houseplants.

  • Shannon Lindsay

    I am based in Cheltenham and  have experience with Australian Wildlife. I have been volunteering at the Tolga Bat Hospital for 4 years, rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing different species of Flying Foxes and Mirco Bats. I have also worked closely with 
    Tree Kangaroos, Pademelons and Echidnas. I am currently studying Zoo Keeping Level 3 and want to work with Conservation within 

    Zoos. I have never felt more myself when working with Wildlife. Once you go BAT, you never go BACK!

  • Jon Dunn

    I have accompanied Charlotte on some pretty exciting adventures around the world, stepping into many diverse roles including pangolin keeper, anaesthetic assistant, catching venomous snakes in Sydney, hand-rearing baby birds, tracking radio-collared leopard cats through the Bornean jungle and filming zoo clinics – including a gorilla birth by caesarean section, to name a few. I am looking forward to learning more about British wildlife rehab as a SWR volunteer, especially bats!

  • Nicky Jenner

    I am an experienced science writer, editor, and author with a love of wildlife, the environment, and the natural world.  I was part of the core team for the UK Wild Otter Trust for several years. I have worked with the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Wildlife Conservation Network, the Bat Conservation Trust, and Fauna & Flora International. I've undertaken courses in wildlife rescue, rehabilitation, casualty assessment, and first aid at Secret World Wildlife Rescue, and have a PgDip in Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health from the University of Edinburgh (alongside an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College London). 

  • Saqib Ahmed

    My interest and passion for wildlife is something that’s always been with me from a very young age. It was this passion that led me to study a wildlife conservation degree and masters in research from The University of the West of England. Since graduating, I have spent as much time as possible working with wildlife and aim to continue putting my passion into practice in any way possible.

  • Sasha Remnant

    Wildlife Conservation MSc graduate keen to use the knowledge gained from academia and previous employment to protect wildlife and biodiversity. Research interests include entomology, arachnids, British wildlife, primates, big cats, coral reef ecosystems and using iDNA (invertebrate-derived DNA) as a tool for assessing biodiversity. She has worked as a field ecologist relocating amphibians and reptiles, been part of a Scuba Diving Research Team studying coral reef ecosystems in Cuba, as well as a Natural History Curator at Bristol Museum for several years.

  • Cathy Kirkley

    I’ve been obsessed with animals since I was a very young child . I spent most of my time reading or writing books about them.
    After bringing up Four children I’ve only just recently been able to actively get involved with volunteering, and happily help out at Goatacre animal sanctuary on a weekly basis. Last year I managed to rescue Three baby swift’s and helped with their rehabilitation- it was an amazing experience!

  • Alfie Kelly

    I am currently studying an MSc in global wildlife health and conservation at the University of Bristol. I am very passionate about trying to start a career in this field of work for conservational and personal purposes. My favourite species of animal is undisputedly the clouded or snow leopard and the mako shark. My involvement with Severn Wildlife Rescue has been very enjoyable and I can not wait to help in further adventures.

  • Joshua Mitchell

    I am an ecologist with 6 years experience, a Natural England bat license, and I am a qualified tree climber. I have a passion for wildlife and especially bats. I look forward to helping Severn Wildlife Rescue and gain more training in bat rehabilitation.

  • Becky Shipley

    I am a bird carer based in Bristol and I have recently completed by first season with Severn Wildife Rescue. I have cared for swallows, swifts, house martins, ducks and quails.

  • Charlotte Lewis

    Alongside my twin sister Bethany I help rehabilitate birds in Bristol. I have had a variety of birds come to me to be cared for such as sparrows and black birds. I am looking forward to helping my sister and SWR in another bird season!

  • Daisy Finnear

    I have completed my first season with SWR and have really enjoyed  being apart of such a lovely and supportive team. I originally was apart of the fundraising team but soon began to take a role as a carer. One of my favourite rescues of this year was a pole cat! I specilise in mustelid care so it was very exciting for me.

  • Frauke Hill

    My aim is to become a vet so having the chance to work with SWR to learn about wildlife species in the UK is something that is incrediably important to me. I have completed a BTEC  course and learnt about natural animal behaviour, safe handling of animals and habitation for individual animals. I was also a Junior zookeeper experience at the Bristol zoo. I have been involved in 'the moggery' cat rescue and rehoming Centre in Bishopston in Bristol for three years. 

  • Jackie Du Fresne

    I joined SWR in Winter 2020, and have undergone various training over zoom which I have enjoyed immensely. I look forward to learning more in the coming year and for helping our local wildlife!

  • Jess Cartwright

    I am a huge animal lover and passionate about helping them, however big or small they might be. My background is copywriting and creating content so I help write blogs for the website. I have conducted, with my partner Josh Mitchell, bat surveys and other ecology surveys which I really enjoyed.

  • Katherine 

    I have extensive experience both working with and keeping a variety of animals - however my passion has always been for wildlife. From a young age I was fascinated and curious about all the animals around and was incredibly fortunate to live in the countryside. I moved to Bristol last year and since then have felt disconnected, and I have loved to be a part of the SWR team, rescuing and supporting the local wildlife.

  • Clare Pitt

    I just graduated in Animal Biology and conservation from Oxford Brookes and have spent the summer carrying out bat emergence and activity surveys for an environmental consultancy.  I have some knowledge of British wildlife from my degree, and have carried out small mammals trapping and bird ringing, but haven't got any licenses yet. 

    I also live on a farmstead near Yate (Oxwick), and have gained some husbandry skills with livestock.

    My current role on the family farmstead is the restoration/rewilding of 20 acres to coincide our sustainable brand (we are an eco camping and events startup). 

  • Lucy Chimes

    I am currently a masters student at the University of Bristol studying an MSc in Global Wildlife Health and Conservation and am particularly passionate about wildlife rehabilitation, hoping to pursue a career in this area. I love to wildlife by helping volunteer at Severn Wildlife Rescue.

  • Rebecca Irving

    I recently started volunteering with Severn Wildlife Rescue in Winter 2020 after seeing the amazing work that they do on their social media. I have undergone a number of online training sessions which have been concise and informative. I am looking forward to getting more involved in the coming year.

  • Sophie 
    Volunteer Bat and Rodent Carer

    I am an experienced bat carer for SWR. I mainly take on baby bats over the busy season and I have 3 years of experience in this field under my belt. I also care for wild rodents and I am especially passionate about helping to save these little animals and change human perception of both bats and rodents.

  • Stuart Sim
    Volunteer Bat Carer

    I began training with my wife Nai who is an experienced bat carer, several years ago. I absolutely loved helping her and wanted to become more involved. I have recently lead the purchasing and building of the bat flight cage. This was an amazing achievement and one I will never forget being apart of! 

  • Tracey Raine

    I got in contact with Severn Wildlife Rescue due to having found a Sandpiper in need of rescue. Thanks to their awesome response and help I decided to become a volunteer for the group. I have enjoyed being apart of a team and have attended several online training sessions.

  • Violet Hunton

    I have a BSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare and a MSc in Global Wildlife Health and Conservation. I also have experience at wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centers in the UK and in Canada. I’ve also worked as a bat surveyor. I wanted to join SWR to gain more hands on experience with our UK wildlife.

  • Jordan Willow

    I am apart of the fundraising team for SWR and I helped with events prior to COVID. Once the pandemic is over I look forward to becoming more involved with the rescue again.

  • Eden
    Volunteer Bird Carer

    I am an experienced bird carer, who works closely with Bev who runs Pidge Inn. I absolutely adore these amazing creatures and hope to change peoples perceptions of pigeons as rats with wings to soaring angels. 

  • Georgia
    Volunteer Bird Carer

    I began volunteering for Severn Wildlife Rescue in May 2020 having been told about it by my friend Stuart Sim. I have experience in raising and caring for a variety of bird species and love to make a positive difference on their lives and conservation.

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