Wetland Engagement Officer (Severn Vale)


About me

I started out studying geology and micropalaeontology but went on to volunteer and work for a wildlife rescue charity in Poole. Whilst there I spent two months in Cape Town helping to clean and rehabilitate about 20,000 penguins that had been caught in an oil spill. After spells in the Environment Agency working on the oil care campaign and Gloucestershire County Council as the recycling officer, I spent 13 years at the Marine Conservation Society as their senior pollution policy officer trying to get the plastics industry, ministers and civil servants to take marine pollution seriously. I now volunteer at Slimbridge with the reserves team where I am never happier than in a pair of waders! Leading on from that I was lucky enough to become an exhibit engager and spent a couple of happy summers talking to visitors about Nenes and Bewick’s swans and being an elf at Christmas!


I am now the Engagement Officer for the Flourishing Floodplains project. Basically, I am trying to spread the word to local communities about how amazing our floodplains are. Not only for their beauty, but also because they can help to prevent flooding, are vital for pollinators and the animals that depend on them and can improve water and soil quality. Amongst other projects, I’m helping organise wildflower workshops to enable groups and individuals be able to sow, grow and plant out wildflowers to help restore floodplain grassland habitats and to create wildflower pockets in their local areas and gardens, and an arts project working with a local artist and community groups to create an artwork based on floodplain meadows. I’ll also be trying to get volunteers to take part in our projects and getting out and about to highlight the problems facing our floodplains and the work of the project.


  • Community and volunteer engagement
  • Excellent communication, negotiation and persuasion skills.
  • Policy and advocacy work
  • Practical conservation skills


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