We're celebrating International Women's Day 2021 by spotlighting the work of women in conservation. Meet some of Wiltshire Wildlife's expert team below.

Photograph of Sam Stork

Starting with the Head of Conservation - Sam Stork. Sam has worked at the Trust since 2010, having spent most of her time on freshwater projects, from Himalayan balsam bashing to larger river restoration works. In 2020, Sam stepped into the Head of Conservation role, overseeing the teams responsible for our land management and monitoring, from farming and reserves to the Water Team and the Wiltshire & Swindon Biological Records Centre.

Photograph of Ellie Jones

Ellie Jones is our Reserves Manager for our North Wiltshire reserves. Ellie has always been fascinated by wildlife and concerned for the environment, so a career in nature conservation was a natural choice. After studying for an MA (Cantab) in Geography and an MSc in Ecology, she worked for 5 years as an ecological consultant, before joining the Reserves Team at the Trust. The Trust is very fortunate to have someone with such experience and passion to care for some of Wiltshire's finest meadow and woodland sites, including the internationally renowned SSSI Clattinger Farm Meadows.

Photograph of Alice Baker

Alice Baker is our Water Team Manager and came to the Trust after completing an MRes in Endangered Species Recovery and Conservation and a stint working in Madagascar, where she spent a couple of years protecting the unique wildlife there. Passionate about conserving wildlife and its habitat, she is our resident expert on rivers and all things water-related. Working tirelessly to protect and restore some of our most beautiful chalk streams in the UK, that we're so very fortunate to have located in Wiltshire.

Photograph of Ashley White

Ashley White is our Reserves Manager for South Wiltshire. A nature enthusiast, Ashley has considerable experience of planning, coordinating and delivering practical management of nature reserves and open spaces. Ashley has managed a myriad of projects including habitat creation, enhancements for protected species including bats, great crested newt and water vole as well as working with placement and project students.

Photograph of Chelsie Phillips

Last in our line-up for International Women's Day, but by no means least, is Chelsie Phillips, Project Officer for Wild Landscapes. Chelsie is hugely passionate about the natural world and habitat management for biodiversity. Having studied a Bachelor of Science with further training in horticulture and wildlife conservation, Chelsie has developed 'Wild Landscapes' at the Trust. The objective of this venture is to offer services to improve any green space for the benefit of wildlife and people. This includes a range of services including consultancy, land assessments, habitat management works, landscaping and design.

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