Chair - Sarah Eno
Like many women reaching their mid-40's, Sarah went to university following two years of Open University study and thoroughly enjoyed her ecology degree at Lancaster University. The degree gave a broader and more scientific base to her amateur botanical skills, organic smallholding and love of the environment as well as a good many new friends, bird and bryophyte ID skills.
Sarah become the project manager of the National Trust for Scotland's Upland Grazing Project in 1996. This took her to some of Scotland's iconic European protected mountain areas working on how to determine and manage grazing impacts on conservation areas. When this finished she worked for about a year in Scottish Natural Heritage's Aberdeen office initially contracted on the beginnings of site condition monitoring of SSSI's followed by maternity leave cover for an Area Officer post.
By 2000 Sarah had moved to the Scottish Borders as an Area Officer to SNH again, with the full range of work – broad but shallow – as she dealt with all sorts of protected species work, planning assessments, looking after SSSIs, advice on agri-environment grants etc. Sarah’s botanical skills waxed and waned over the 13 years but also led her to being responsible for the SNH input into the Scottish Borders Biological Records Centre when it was with the local authority. Both the botanical recording and working with The Wildlife Information Centre continues in her retirement, along with various other engagements with natural heritage enthusiams.
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