We are the leading provider of mammal training courses in the UK. All of our courses are lead by experts in the field. You can find out more about our trainers below. More information about our courses can be found on our training page.
Debbie is an experienced trainer who has run many natural history based training courses for a variety of audiences including the Mammal Society.She was one of the founder members of the Derbyshire Mammal Group in 2003 and has been the County Recorder since 2008 and Chair since 2014. She was co-author of the Mammals of Derbyshire, the County Mammal Atlas, which was published in 2012.
Debbie has worked in a variety of conservation and ecology based roles for more than 20 years. She is now a part-time Lecturer in Biodiversity at the University of Derby and an Associate Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University teaching, amongst other topics, mammal identification and ecology to undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Dan Brown is an avid naturalist as well as professional ecologist based in Glasgow where he is the Director of Natural World Consultants. He enjoys nothing better than getting out into the wild in search of Britain’s superb mammals (and other wildlife) and has also spent a large amount of time abroad searching from things as varied as Five-toed Pygmy Jerboas to Chimpanzees, and everywhere from the Antarctic to the Gobi! He is an expert in camera trapping and enjoys thinking of novel ways to use the cameras as well as undertaking large-scale camera trapping projects on species such as wildcats and pine martens. As well as terrestrial mammals, Dan is also into marine mammals and has worked on a number of species.
Trainer on Mammal Identification Weekend.
Derek is an Independent Assessor and Verifier for land based Industries, and in his spare time he studies mammals. This includes watching otters at Leighton Moss and elsewhere since 1980.
Derek’s achievements and activities include, being the founder and chair of the Staffordshire Mammal Group since 1999 and Staffordshire Mammal Recorder since 1998, as well as a member of the Mammal Society Council since 2012, working with local groups and coordinating the National Atlas Program. He has also been surveying for harvest mice for local and national atlases and training for nest searches for the last 5 years.
Penny Lewns BSc(Hons) CEcol CEnv MCIEEM
Trainer on Mammal Identification Weekend.
Penny graduated from Royal Holloway College, University of London in the 1980s with a degree in zoology and a keen interest in mammalogy, thanks to mentor and Mammal Society stalwart Dr Pat Morris. Her professional career was kick-started when she landed a job based at Bristol University undertaking a National Badger Survey, involving a 5-year long road trip in a camper van! In 1990, Penny became one of the first Ecological Consultants in the UK, running The Badger Consultancy, later renamed Protected Species Ecology. She specialises in Ecological Impact Assessments and protected species surveys, particularly for badgers, bats and dormice. Alongside her professional work, Penny has had a long involvement with The Mammal Society: as a member, as well as serving on committees and running field trips. She has been a trainer with The Mammal Society for over 15 years, and is a part-time lecturer at School of Life Long Learning, Aberystwyth University.
Trainer on Beaver Ecology and Conservation.
Roisin is a self employed ecologist working mainly with species restoration and beaver management in Britain. Previously she was the Conservation Projects Manager for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, where she worked for 13 years, beginning as an animal keeper. During this time she was also the Field Operations Manager for the Scottish Beaver Trial, the first reintroduction of a mammal to Britain. Roisin regularly advising on beaver projects throughout Britain. Currently she is acting as a beaver management advisor to Scottish Natural Heritage and is completing a resurvey of the Tayside beaver population to determine population number and distribution for the Scottish Government. Roisin completed her honours degree in Zoology at the University of Glasgow, her MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare at the University of Edinburgh and her PhD in Beaver Restoration at the University of Southeast Norway. She has published widely on beaver ecology, health and reintroduction, including as lead author of the Mammal Society’s Eurasian Beaver book and the Eurasian Beaver Handbook: Ecology and Management of Castor fiber.
Hazel has worked in conservation for 26 years. Her current role is Senior Conservation Officer at the Wildwood Trust, Kent, a wildlife charity which captive breeds British mammals including water voles and hazel dormice. She has monitored dormice for the National Dormouse Monitoring Programme since 1995. As a committee member of Kent Mammal Group she co-ordinates small mammal trapping surveys and dormouse training in the county. Hazel is a trustee of Kent Bat Group, a Volunteer Bat Roost Visitor and bat care co-ordinator for Kent.
We are always interested in hearing from new trainers. If you would like to become a trainer for The Mammal Society please email your C.V. to firstname.lastname@example.org