Meet The Team
Ruth has recently joined the team from Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust where she spent the last 9 years working in reserve management and community engagement roles. She gained an MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation in 2007, and after a period discovering the highlights of South East Asia and Australia, started her career within the Wildlife Trusts.
A newcomer to the County, Ruth is looking forward to getting to know the local wildlife and landscape. Working on the project will continue her involvement with bats, as she has been an active member of Nottinghamshire Bat Group for the last 5 years most recently working on their ‘Echolocation Location’ project mapping the distribution of bats within the county.
Community Engagement Officer
Helen has been involved in conservation for over 20 years since studying for a B.A .in Geography and M.Sc. in Land Resource Management, after which she worked in woodland management and environmental education.
Since moving to Devon in 1999, she’s thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the natural diversity found in the county. Working on the Bat Project is the perfect way to get to know more of the county whilst doing the work she loves.
In her current role she is working with schools and communities to raise the profile of greater horseshoe bats. In addition Helen is coordinating volunteer activities, including bat surveys.
Anna gained an M.Sc. in Conservation and Land Management from Bangor University in 2010 and has since been working in the field of Landscape-Scale Ecology for Wildlife Trusts across the country on projects ranging from conservation land management advice and habitat restoration to extensive water vole monitoring.
Anna grew up in North Cornwall but has lived ‘over the border’ in South Devon since the winter of 2015 after having completed a long distance cycle ride from Romania to Spain the previous summer.
As one of the two Advisory Officers at the Bat Project, Anna will be working with landowners to improve habitats for bats across the landscape.
Mike has worked for the Devon Wildlife Trust for over ten years, having spent time carrying out botanical surveys for the Devon Biodiversity Records Centre, undertaking protected species work for the Trust’s ecological consultancy and giving land management advice to farmers in the Culm grasslands of north-west Devon. He is an experienced bat worker, having completed numerous surveys and roost visits and in 2013 he obtained his Natural England licence.
Mike has lived in Devon all his life, and has yet to find a reason to move away from such a wildlife-rich county!
As one of the two Advisory Officers at the Bat Project, Mike will be working with landowners to improve habitats for bats across the landscape.
Community Engagement Contractor
Lizzy works alongside Helen to support the community engagement work of the project. Her main roles are coordinating volunteers, and organising events (in particular our Bat festival each September).
University of Exeter PhD student
Finch works alongside the team as part of his research into greater horseshoe bats and the habitats they use. With the help of project volunteers, he runs research surveys each summer in different parts of the county. The results should give us valuable information about how important countryside features such as Devon’s hedgerows, tree-lines and rivers are for greater horseshoe bats.
The aim of the PhD is to examine how landscape scale management may impact the greater horseshoe bats, particularly the effects of urbanisation and agricultural practices on their prey items and connectivity within the landscape. This will help us to learn about how best to conserve this rare bat species in the future.