I am a WWT-trained aviculturist and conservation breeding manager with 40 years’ experience. I have worked with more than 150 waterbird species in 17 countries. I am motivated to develop conservation breeding techniques to restore those animal and plant species which will be drivers for wider wetland conservation. I work with biologists whose fieldwork leads to effective species and ecosystem conservation action and zoo keepers and horticulturists whose practical skills can be used to boost the survival and the productivity of free-living populations of animal and plant species leading to species’ recovery and wetland conservation. Saving a species from extinction is not an end point for me - I aspire to restore species so they are ecologically functional across their range. I am inspired by the bravery of Rachael Carson, the vision of Peter Scott and the modus operandi of Carl Jones to save species in functioning ecosystems.
Since 2009, I’ve been WWT’s Conservation Breeding Manager leading a small team to develop and apply conservation breeding techniques to species recovery projects. Our focus has been:
D.C. Deeming and N.S. Jarrett (2015). Applications of incubation science to aviculture and conservation in: Nests, Eggs, and Incubation. Edited by D. C. Deeming & S. J. Reynolds (2015). Oxford University Press, 196-207.
Martin, G.R., Jarrett, N. & M. Williams (2007) Visual fields in Blue Ducks Hymenolaimus malacorhynchos and Pink-eared Ducks Malacorhynchus membranaceus: visual and tactile foraging. Ibis, 149: 112-120
Batty, M., Jarrett, N.S., Forbes, N., Wright, L., Brown, M.J. Standley, S., Richardson, A.E, Oliver, S., Ireland B., Chalmers, K.P. & I. Fraser. (2006). Hand-rearing Greater Flamingos Phoenicopterus ruber roseus for translocation from WWT Slimbridge (UK) to Auckland Zoo (New Zealand). International Zoo Yearbook 40 (1): 261-270.
Jarrett, N.S., Mason, V., Wright, L. & V. Levassor (2003). Using egg density and egg mass techniques for incubation stage assessment to predict hatch dates of Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber roseus eggs. Wildfowl 55: 131-142
Kristiansen, J.N. & Jarrett, N.S. 2002. Inter-specific competition between Greenland White-fronted Geese Anser albifrons flavirostris and Canada Geese Branta canadensis interior moulting in West Greenland: mechanisms and consequences. Ardea: 90: 1-13.