I graduated from Lancaster University in 2000 with a 2:1 Honours Degree in Ecology. The following eleven years saw me working on a number of Nature Reserves for a variety of NGO’s including the RSPB, National Trust and Wildlife Trusts. This gave me a good grounding in practical management work and knowledge of numerous habitats including lowland heathland, woodland, reedbed and limestone grassland. My lifelong interest in birdwatching continued to develop as I carried out surveys and nest record scheme work for the BTO and since 2006 I have lead bird identification courses for the Wildlife Trust. The recent attainment of a Post Graduate Diploma (Sustainable Uplands – University of Cumbria) and Mountain Leader Certificate have helped me specialise in upland management and habitats and for the last three years I’ve managed the Uplands for Juniper Project for the Cumbria Wildlife Trust.
Tamsin Douglas MSc MCIEEM
My career started out in practical habitat management, working on nature reserves in the south-west of England in 2002. Following my MSc studies in Biological Recording, and a welcome move north to Cumbria, I started work as a self-employed ecologist in 2005. Since then I have been involved with numerous local projects of varying scale – from bat surveys for householders to large commercial projects. Through these projects I have gained substantial experience in protected species surveys and monitoring, especially herpetofauna (I hold Natural England licenses for great crested newts and natterjack toads). I have been involved with Westmorland and Furness bat group since 2007, and have been a licensed batworker since 2012. I am a competent botanist, and enjoy carrying out voluntary vegetation surveys with the Wildlife Trust when time allows!