Conservation and project staff
Sam’s role is to manage our Conservation Team and work with partners and land managers to safeguard our rare bumblebee populations in the East of England, with particular focus on North Kent and South Essex (the Thames Gateway). Bumblebees are fascinating creatures with an interesting ecology and Sam loves watching them while they are hard at work!
Dr Richard Comont
Richard joined the Trust in November 2013 after six years at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, mainly spent monitoring and analysing ladybirds. As our Science Manager, he leads the BeeWalk bumblebee transect monitoring scheme, including analysing the data collected and coordinates the Trust's partnerships with academic researchers.
He is a keen naturalist and can often be found moth-trapping or at bioblitzes.
Senior Conservation Officer
Sinead’s role is to help work with landowners and farmers to provide more habitat for bumblebees across Wales, particularly in the areas where the rarest bees are found along the south coast. Sinead loves the outdoors, cooking and reading, and is a passionate Welsh rugby supporter! She loves to spend time recording plants and invertebrates, and is currently studying for a MSc in Biological Recording.
Katy's work is based mostly in the highlands and islands of Scotland, where she is working with land managers to protect and create more habitat for some of our rarest bees, inclduing the Great yellow bumblebee.
When she's not working she loves making things, and she knits, crochets, bakes, makes herbal soap, and does interesting things with found and foraged bits and pieces . She also likes to garden and look after her chickens.
Dr Cathy Horsley
West Country Buzz
Cathy joined the Trust in September 2016, working in the South West on the West Country Buzz project. She has a background in pollinators and ecology, and is passionate about insect conservation. Cathy enjoys being outside looking for bumblebees, and wildlife gardening.
Dr Nikki Gammans
Short-haired bumblebee Project Manager
Nikki has worked on the reintroduction of this extinct bumblebee since 2009 and is now pleased to be re-joining the trust in April 2015. Her role includes working with farmers and land owners across the release site of south Kent and East Sussex, collection and release of the short-haired queens and working with 39 volunteers on bumblebee monitoring. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, walking, reading and is an avid Crystal Palace fan.
'Back from the Brink' Conservation Officer
Daisy recently joined the Trust as Conservation Officer for the Back from the Brink project, focusing on the recovery of the Shrill carder bee in Somerset and Wiltshire. Her role also involves working within the wider SW to help create suitable habitat for bumblebees. Daisy is from a farming family and can often be found helping out on the farm in her spare time, or out on a walk with her two springer spaniels.
Pollinating the Peak Project Manager
Sally joined the trust in June 2016 as Project Development Manager for ‘Pollinating the Peak’ project (and hasn’t stopped smiling since). With 15 years experience in the public sector working for local authorities on large scale environmental projects, she has strong project management skills and is an excellent problem solver. She enjoys working closely with local communities and believes individuals can make a difference. Sally is an avid traveler and loves spending time with family and friends and is continually amazed when learning new facts about the importance of bumblebees.
Pollinating the Peak Community Engagement Officer
Rhodri combines a background in youth and community work with experience and qualifications in environmental education and countryside management, having worked with children and families in Derbyshire and the Peak District for the National Park Authority, National Trust and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. Rhodri is seldom happier than when out in the field with a pair of binoculars and a notebook.
As well as bumblebees, he also likes trees. A lot.
Pollinating the Peak Education Officer
After completing a MSc in Environmental management, Andy went on to become a secondary school geography teacher. He is delighted to have joined the Trust to focus his education efforts around his passion for wildlife and conservation. Outside of work, Andy is happiest when spending time with his family and telling people about ‘boring’ documentaries he has watched.
Pollinating the Peak Project Assistant
Annie started with the Trust as a volunteer in 2016 and a year later she joined the Pollinating the Peak team. Her role is exciting and varied with no two days the same! Learning, talking and teaching people about bumblebees is one of her favourite things to do. She balances work with studying for an MSc in Wildlife Biology & Conservation and spends any spare time climbing and hill-walking in the UK & abroad.
Outreach Officer Bee Wild West Wales
Clare comes from a background in Ecology and Outreach, having worked for many years in Environmental Education. Having been born and brought up in Wales, she is passionate about the Welsh landscape and it's wildlife and can often be spotted walking and wildlife recording in Pembrokeshire. Her role takes her all across West Wales delivering talks, identification training and walks to help people increase their understanding and appreciation of bumblebees. Clare is also doing a part-time MPhil on the population genetics of bees at Aberystwyth University and enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and her dog.
Making a Buzz for the Coast Project Manager
Emma joined the Trust in December 2018. Emma worked as an ecologist in several different roles and most notably setting up and leading the Kent Downs AONB for a decade. Emma decided to re-train and taught biology, chemistry and physics in secondary schools, before working at the University of Kent on environmental and ecological partnerships and projects. Emma is delighted to be back in the field joining the Making a Buzz for the Coast team, helping to deliver this vital project for Kent and beyond. When not out enjoying wildlife and countryside with family, friends and dogs, Emma is on her bike (on and off road), playing tennis for her village club, as well as gardening, cooking, and drinking Kent’s finest fare.
Making a Buzz for the Coast Project Officer
Bex has a background in invertebrate ecology and conservation. She has been studying the ecology and identification of our wild bees and wasps for the past seven years and enjoys sharing her enthusiasm and knowledge by running events and identification workshops. As Conservation Officer for Kent North East Coast, Bex will be working with farmers and landowners to create high-quality pollinator habitats.
Making a Buzz for the Coast Conservation Officer
Kate’s role includes working with farmers and landowners across the North Kent section of the project to create and restore habitat for our bumblebee species. With a background in conservation and ecology Kate is looking forward to inspiring our communities and broadening her identification skills along the way! In her spare time Kate enjoys art and fashion, playing the guitar (not very well) and exploring the countryside.’
Making a Buzz for the Coast Admin & Finance Officer
Wanda joined the Trust in November 2017. She has a background in zoology and finance, is passionate about conserving the environment and is looking forward to learning more about bumblebees. In her spare time, Wanda enjoys spending time with her husband and children, travelling and learning new cultures, going for walks with her dog and doing things in and around the house. She also loves pottering around in her garden and seeing bumblebees happily foraging.
Making a Buzz for the Coast Outreach and Volunteer Officer
Lauren has a background in wildlife surveying and research, with a keen interest in botany and pollinators. Previous work roles have focused on public engagement and she enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for nature. Lauren works with our volunteers and local communities to raise awareness for some of Kent’s rarest bumblebees and their role in our environment. Outside of work she can be found exploring wild spaces, hiking and camping. Spending as much of her free time outdoors as possible.
Conservation Officer (Wales)
Anna joined the Trust in May 2018. She works on two exciting bumblebee projects: ‘Pasture for Pollinators’ involves her working with Calon Wen organic dairy farmers to investigate ways in which farmers can support bumblebee populations, and the ‘Living Levels Partnership Scheme’ focuses on Shrill carder bee conservation on the Gwent Levels. Anna has worked in conservation for a number of years and is delighted to have joined BBCT. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, crafting, spending time exploring the Welsh countryside and coastline with her partner and children, and their characterful cockapoo.