The Wildlife Information Centre

Biological data for south-east and part of central Scotland

Fiddlehead of Bracken (Pteridium aquilinum)
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TWIC Staff

Natalie recording in the field

Centre Manager - Natalie Harmsworth

Natalie joined the team in November 2010 as Data Coordinator for the Lothians Local Biodiversity Sites Project, before moving on to the post of Ecologist in July 2011. In April 2019 Natalie was appointed Acting Centre Manager. Following TWIC's restructuring, Natalie was appointed Centre Manager from 3 May 2021.

Natalie graduated from Aberystwyth University with a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science and MSc (Hons) in Managing the Environment (Habitat Restoration and Conservation). Prior to working for TWIC, Natalie gained ecological surveying and data experience with the Somerset Environmental Records Centre (SERC) and as a contract ecologist with the Somerset Wildlife Trust.

At TWIC, Natalie has overall responsibility for the management and development of the record centre and management of staff and volunteers. She has the lead role in liaison with customers, development of policies and work programmes and promotion of TWIC. Natalie has overall responsibility for finances in association with the Business Administrator. She is also responsible for the provision of ecological expertise, including managing the Local Biodiversity Sites systems for Local Authorities; data acquisition and verification; working with and supporting recorders; undertaking surveys; and organising excursions and events.

Natalie is the first port of call if you would like to discuss TWIC data services, data sharing or are interested in volunteering with TWIC.

Contact Natalie by email at or by telephone on 07818 237795.

Business Administrator – Eileen Rutherford

Eileen joined the TWIC team in September 2020. She recently moved back from living in Trinidad where she supported the team delivering the annual Bioblitz as well as home schooling her daughter and volunteering as a tutor for adult literacy.

A graduate in Zoology (BSc Hons) from University of Glasgow and with an MSc in IT from Glasgow and PGDipEd from University of the West Indies, she has extensive administrative experience in private and third sector organisations.

Eileen is responsible for the management of the TWIC office, financial administration and customer liaison, including managing the Service Level Agreements with Local Authorities.

Contact Eileen by email at

GIS and Data Officer - Claudia Caporusso

Claudia joined TWIC as the GIS and Data Officer for TWIC in July 2019. She has an MSc in Environmental Management at the University of Stirling. Her dissertation focused on habitat fragmentation and nocturnal birds ecology. Claudia also has volunteering experience with RSPB and other charitable organisations. At TWIC, she is responsible for data management, handling data requests, maintaining the company’s IT systems and managing the website.

Contact Claudia if you would like to request data from TWIC.

Contact Claudia by email at

Data Processor - Jackie Stewart

Jackie began volunteering with TWIC in July 2012 and joined the team in March 2013 as a part-time Data Processor. A graduate in Botany (BSc Hons) from Aberdeen University and with an MSc in Agronomy from Nottingham, she worked for several years as a research assistant with the Scottish Agricultural College on a project aiming to improve the quality of Scottish seed potatoes for the export market. She then moved to Scottish Natural Heritage where she worked on the National Countryside Monitoring Scheme, a study of land cover change in Scotland. Since giving up work on becoming a mum, she has worked in a variety of part-time and voluntary posts.

At TWIC Jackie has a key role in processing incoming biological records into TWIC’s database – Recorder 6, ensuring accuracy of data entry, quality control and data checking with recorders and dataset providers as necessary. She is also responsible for TWIC membership.

Contact Jackie by email at

TWIC is a company limited by guarantee - registered in Scotland No. SC234339. A recognised Scottish Charity SC034113. This project is supported by NatureScot.