Autumn 2018 – Meet the Team

At Bird Wise we celebrate autumn, not only for the spectacular colour show that nature provides but because it’s time to welcome our winter bird migrants back to north Kent and that means the arrival of our new Seasonal Rangers.

Each month we will share our ‘Ranger Round-Up’ showing what our team have been up to, this month we are pleased to introduce you to the Bird Wise team:

Julie (left) joins us as a Seasonal Ranger

I am passionate about birds and enjoy spending my free time bird watching whilst sailing the coast of north Kent. I am currently studying for a degree in ecology and the environment, with the Open University as a mature student, and can’t wait to put the theory into practice.  It’s been an exciting year so far having finally organised a trip of a lifetime to Scotland, sailing as far as the St. Kilda islands. Highlights of the journey included seeing a wild Golden Eagle, Snowy Owl, St. Kilda Wren and of course millions of Puffins. My favourite winter visitor to the area is the Pintail duck and I am looking forward to welcoming them back and sharing my wildlife knowledge whilst out and about in north Kent.

Mel (right) also joins us as a Seasonal Ranger

I have been fascinated by everything ‘planet Earth’ for as long as I can remember, although I took a detour working as a freelance event manager for several years. I then studied an Environmental Geoscience degree as a mature student and picked up again with ‘the life scientific’.

Working outdoors on the coast, spotting the vast array of winter birds and engaging with the public as a Bird Wise ranger ticks all the boxes for me!  When I’m not working you might catch me, with a litter-picker in hand, organising local beach cleans and campaigning to reduce single-use plastics.

Hayley (middle) is our Project Manager

Having lived all my life in north Kent, I have seen many changes to our landscape and understand how important it is to protect our natural environment whilst encouraging regeneration.

I love working on the Bird Wise project and am extremely proud of the branding and our achievements so far. Although I am usually office based, I try to get out and about on site as often as possible.  In my spare time I’m a keen runner and proud owner of our ‘Ranger Dog’ Jasper who sometimes joins us out on site, demonstrating how dogs can be Bird Wise too.

We will be out and about in all weathers for the next 6 months across our internationally important sites for overwintering birds. If you see us, please do stop for a chat, we want to meet as many coast-users as possible.  We hope that our presence and enthusiasm will continue to raise awareness about the importance of the north Kent coastline to feeding and resting birds, and how we can all be #BirdWise to avoid disturbing them.