Head of UK Programmes

About me

Although originally a marine biologist, the majority of my professional career has been spent working on wetland conservation and river basin management – both in the UK and around the world. I have been lucky enough to live and work in more than 15 countries including Brazil, Cambodia, Mexico and Vietnam.

After completing my studies and gaining a foothold in the conservation world largely through voluntary work with organisations like Chester Zoo, the RSPB and the Society for Environmental Exploration, I spent 10 years working for WWF to help conserve some of the world’s most iconic rivers, such as the Amazon and Mekong, and wetlands such as the Pantanal.

I joined WWT in 2010 as the Head of Wetland Conservation, responsible for our habitat conservation work both in the UK and internationally. Since 2019 I have been in my current role as Head of UK Programmes.

Work

I am responsible for WWTs conservation programmes in the UK. These programmes aim to conserve our wetlands and wetland wildlife, and one of the main ways they do this is by showcasing the benefits they provide – from services like water purification and flood management, to the sheer joy of having our lives enriched by wetland nature.

This work spans managing our own sites, creating brilliant demonstration projects, undertaking cutting-edge research, advocating for better policies to create systemic change, and providing information to help others to create more and better wetlands.

My role is to oversee and manage this work, ensuring that we have well-planned and well-supported projects delivering on our ambitious goals. We have a wide range of amazingly talented staff across WWT, and great external partners in government, business and the third sector, and a big part of my job is to bring those skills together to achieve our ambitions.

Skills

  • Wetland Conservation
  • Participatory Techniques
  • Project Management
  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Capacity Building
  • River Basin Management

Publications

McInnes, R.J., Simpson, M., Lopez, B., Hawkins, R. & Shore, R. (2016). Wetland ecosystem services and the Ramsar Convention: an assessment of needs. Wetlands. doi:10.1007/s13157-016-0849-1

Silva, L., Everard, M., & Shore, R. (2014). Ecosystem Services Assessment of the Steart Peninsula Managed Realignment Project. Ecosystem Services 10 (2014) pp.19–34

Shore, R.G., Bamford, A.J., Razafindrajao, F. & Woolaver, L.G. (2013) Rapid Social and Ecological Assessment of Freshwater Wetlands on the Madagascan Plateau. Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge.

Smith, B. D., Shore, R. G. & Lopez, A. (2007). Action Plan for the Conservation of Freshwater Populations of Irrawaddy Dolphins. WCS Technical Paper.

Baltzer, M.C., Nguyen Thi Dao & Shore, R.G. (2001). Towards a Vision for Biodiversity Conservation in the Forests of the Lower Mekong Ecoregion Complex. WWF Indochina, Hanoi.