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Biological data for south-east and part of central Scotland

Fiddlehead of Bracken (Pteridium aquilinum)
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TWIC Staff


Graeme in his garden

Centre Manager - Graeme Wilson


Graeme joined TWIC as Centre Manager in October 2011 after spending over five years as Midlothian Council's Biodiversity Officer. Graduating from the University of Strathclyde with a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Bioscience in 1996 he joined a Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT) training team based at Cumbernauld, gaining an SVQ Level 2 in Environmental Conservation: Landscapes and Ecosystems. He then became the Project Supervisor of SWT's Berwickshire Countryside Project delivering the same SVQ to a team of up to 24 trainees. After three years he moved on within SWT to be an Education and Lifelong Learning Co-ordinator and then Site Manager at Grangemouth's Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre. His next post was as Environmental Education Co-ordinator at Paxton House in the Scottish Borders, followed by over three years as an Environmental Community Development Fieldworker with the Scottish Borders Rural Partnership's Rural Resource Centre, before moving onto the Biodiversity Officer post. Graeme has overall responsibility for the delivery of TWIC's work programmes and management of staff, volunteers and resources. He has the lead role in liaison with customers, development of business opportunities, preparing policies, promotion of the Centre and fundraising.

Contact Graeme by email at graeme@wildlifeinformation.co.uk or by telephone on 01875 825968.


Records Ecologist - Natalie Harmsworth


Natalie joined the team in November 2010 as Data Coordinator for the Lothians Local Biodiversity Sites Project, and has since moved to the post of Ecologist at TWIC. She graduated from Aberystwyth University with a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science and MSc (Hons) in Managing the Environment (Habitat Restoration and Conservation). Natalie gained ecological surveying and data experience as a trainee with the Somerset Environmental Records Centre (SERC). She has previously worked on several projects as a contract Ecologist with SERC, including the Somerset Wildlife Trust's Brue Valley Living Landscape Project. Her roles at TWIC involve acquiring, managing and analysing data; working with and supporting recorders; undertaking surveys; and organising excursions and events. Natalie is responsible for the TWIC volunteers.

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

Contact Natalie by email at natalie@wildlifeinformation.co.uk or by telephone on 01875 825968.

Natalie recording in the field

GIS and Data Officer - Steve Hannah


Steve joined TWIC as the GIS and Data Officer for TWIC in August 2010. Steve graduated from the University of St Andrews in 2009 with a BSc (Hons) in Physical Geography and Geoscience. Since leaving university he has worked as a GIS Technician for the Forestry Commission and has volunteered with Dumfries and Galloway Environmental Records Centre inputting Phase 1 Habitat Surveys and biological records. In his role at TWIC he maintains the company's IT systems, develops new systems for processing data, handles consultant requests and manages the website.

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

Contact Steve by email at steve@wildlifeinformation.co.uk or at admin@wildlifeinformation.co.uk or by telephone on 01875 825968.

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.

Contact Jackie by email at jackie@wildlifeinformation.co.uk or by telephone on 01875 825968.


TWIC Directors


Director Name

Position

Sarah Eno

Chair - elected 2012

Rob Briers

Elected 2014

Ian Young

Elected 2012, re-elected 2014

David Dodds

Appointed 2015

Wilma Harper

Elected 1st March 2017


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.

Contact the TWIC Chair by email chair@wildlifeinformation.co.uk


TWIC is a company limited by guarantee - registered in Scotland No. SC234339. A recognised Scottish Charity SC034113. TWIC acknowledges financial support from Scottish Natural Heritage.