Student Ecologist – Bristol

Who I am

My name is Cat and I’m a mature student studying Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Science BSc (Hons) at the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol. I’m also a mum of three young adults, I have an allotment, enjoy reading and listening to music, and especially love going to music festivals. I like collecting nature-related oddities, poking ‘creepy-crawlies’, and sometimes I pretend I am artistic.

If you asked me what my specific area of interest was in I would say invertebrates, but really I am a bit of a ‘jack of all trades’ and I like to dip my toe into everything, though I’m increasingly being drawn to urban ecology.

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More about me:

Volunteering:

  • Bristol Zoo Gardens – Invertebrate Department (2010-2015)
  • Amphibian and Reptile Conservation – Fishponds Toad Patrol (2018, 2019, ongoing annually)
  • Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution – Entomology (2018 – present)
  • Bristol Avon Rivers Trust/Riverfly Partnership – Riverfly Monitor (2018 – present)
  • Bristol Festival of Nature – Production Team and Engagement Team (June 2019)
  • Greater Bristol Otter Group – Otter surveyor (2019 – present)
  • Bristol Nature Network – UWE Representative (2018 – present)
  • UWE Wildlife and Environment Society – Health and Safety Rep and First Aid (2019- present)
  • UWE Entomology Society *currently unofficial society* – (hopeful) founding member (2018 – present)

Courses and Events:

  • An Introduction to Entomology (Avon Wildlife Trust) – May 2017
  • Surveying for Hedgehogs (Sustrans) – April 2019
  • Owl Pellet Dissection (Bristol Nature Network) – May 2019
  • Surveying for Glow Worms (Bristol Nature Network) – Aug 2019 (event organised and led by me)
  • Bat Walk with Steve England (Natural England) x 3 – May 2019
  • Otter Survey Training (Living Levels Partnership) – May 2019
  • BART Riverfly training (May 2018) and refresher training session and AGM – June 2019
  • British Ecological Society Undergraduate Summer School – July 2019
  • Phasmid Study Group Bi-annual Lectures and AGM – Summer/Winter 2011-2018
  • British Tarantula Society Annual Lectures – February 2012-2019
  • University Moth Challenge – April-July 2019

Society Memberships Held:

  • Phasmid Study Group
  • British Tarantula Society
  • UWE Wildlife and Environment Society
  • UWE Entomology Society
  • Butterfly Conservation
  • British Ecological Society (student membership)
  • Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (student membership)
  • The Royal Entomological Society (student membership)
  • Bristol Naturalists’ Society (student membership)
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