The Loch Leven NNR team is based at the reserve office, the Pier, Kinross. They all work closely together with a varied workload, to ensure that the reserve is managed professionally with enthusiasm and commitment. The team consists of 6 members of staff:
Jeremy Squire (Nature Reserve Manager)
Jeremy is a keen naturalist. He deals with all aspects of reserve management, and oversees the team’s output to maintain a high level of wildlife and habitat management, species monitoring, visitor engagement and public relations. When not looking at wildlife Jeremy can be found on the terraces watching his beloved Bristol Rovers.
Simon Ritchie (Nature Reserve Officer)
Simon is a keen birder and naturalist. He deals with the practical management and monitoring on the reserve throughout the year. Often outside, his main duties include; wildlife surveying, habitat management, day-to-day reserve maintenance and working with volunteers and other groups.
Julie McDonald (Seasonal Nature Reserve Officer)
Julie is a keen birder and naturalist, and is often seen trying to get that ‘perfect’ picture of a butterfly or bird whilst out on the reserve. She is part of our seasonal staff from April to October and, aside from the day-to-day reserve maintenance and species monitoring, her main role is visitor engagement. She is always happy to strike up a conversation if you see her around Loch Leven NNR!
Ian Park (Seasonal Nature Reserve Officer)
Ian is an enthusiastic naturalist with particular interests in birds, plants and invertebrates. Working alongside Julie from April to October, his main duties are based around visitor management and engagement, reserve maintenance and biological monitoring. Always keen to chat to visitors, you may well bump into him at the weekends!
Bethia Pearson (Practical Conservation Placement).
NatureScot’s “Program for Youth Employment” aims to help young people establish their careers within the ecology and conservation sector. This includes several practical placements based across our NNRs, and Bethia is the current two-year placement here at Loch Leven NNR. Bethia is involved with all aspects of reserve management including habitat management and wildlife monitoring, visitor engagement, education and outreach, repairs and maintenance, and data handling. A keen naturalist, her interest in birds drew her to Loch Leven NNR, but she is also passionate about promoting responsible outdoor access and improving inclusivity and diversity in the outdoors.
Rachael Burrow (Admin Support).
Rachael works 2 days a week and provides much needed operations support and cover in our small office, enabling all the day-to-day behind-the-scenes reserve work to run smoothly. She has a keen interest in nature and the goings on around the reserve.
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