Richard Hearn

Policy & Advocacy Manager (International)

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About me

I began life at WWT as a student in 1993, conducting a breeding bird survey of the Cotswold Water Park. This was in part to facilitate planning for a student expedition, co-sponsored by WWT, to search for Brazilian Merganser in Argentina, in which I participated in June – October 1993. Soon after, I returned to work for WWT on Ruddy Ducks and Pink-footed Geese in 1994-95 before getting a full-time post as Ringing Assistant in 1995. From then until 2019, I worked on a range of mostly international waterbird conservation projects, including numerous population monitoring and assessment projects, species action planning and recovery for Baer’s Pochard and European seaducks, building capacity for waterbird monitoring in the African-Eurasian and East Asian flyways, and others issues such as sustainable hunting and goose-agriculture conflicts.

My role

Since 2019 I have worked in the Policy & Advocacy team, focusing on international issues. This involves close working with our International Programmes, Evidence and Communications & Campaigns teams to secure changes to policy, strategy and legislation among key international stakeholders, including multilateral environmental agreements such as the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement.

Experience and interests

  • Multilateral environmental agreements and other international policy mechanisms
  • Wetland biodiversity conservation, particularly migratory waterbirds
  • Protected area networks
  • Conservation conflicts
  • Ornithological fieldwork techniques


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