I’ve loved animals for as long as I can remember and I have always want to help and teach about them to help them thrive and survive.
After studying wildlife conservation and ecology at Chester university, I decided I want to help the British native animals get as much publicity as animals that live in Africa! So in my spare time, I go out with the mid Cheshire barn owl group, doing surveys and checking nesting boxes to see how the species is thriving! It’s an incredible experience and feeling seeing a species thrive after struggling for so many years!
From an early age I have always been captivated by animals and the natural world, with some of my fondest memories being that of simply exploring the garden, collecting creepy crawlies to get a closer look. As a child I also loved dinosaurs and naturally that led to the passion for reptiles that I have now. I started keeping snakes at the age of 16 and quickly found them to be my area of interest within herpetology. My degree in Zoology with herpetology, gained at Bangor University, only propelled this passion further and I found venom and its evolution fascinating, carrying out my dissertation on “Venom evolution and hybridisation in rattlesnakes”.
My love for animals started just after I left school. Although I was unsure what field I wanted to go into, I knew I wanted to work with animals in some capacity. After exploring numerous avenues through two years undertaking an Animal Management course, I decided a career in the zoo industry was right for me. In order to gain experience, I volunteered for 3 years at 2 separate collections, working closely with a wide range of species. During this time, I also attended the University of Chester and after two years acquired a degree in Zoo Management.