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.
Trainer on Harvest Mouse Course
Amanda is a self-employed ecologist working mainly with protected species. She was one of the founder members of the Oxfordshire Mammal Group and is currently the chair and dormouse officer of Berkshire Mammal Group. Amanda completed her BSc in Zoology at Queen Mary & Westfield College, before carrying out her PhD on squirrel ecology at Newcastle University.
Trainer on our Dormouse Ecology and Conservation Course.
David is an ecological consultant based in Gloucestershire, specializing in protected species survey and mitigation. He has been interested in wildlife and mammals from an early age: one of his earliest memories is of seeing a Pyrenean Desman (in captivity, sadly) when he was three years old. Over the years he has contributed to county or national surveys for dormice, bats, harvest mice, hedgehogs, otters, water voles and water shrews as well as the Mammal Society’s atlas project.
His involvement with dormice started when he attended a Mammal Society dormouse course in Cheddar in about 1988 – one of the courses he now leads. He has held a dormouse survey licence for over 25 years, and is a co-author on the Mammal Society’s forthcoming Dormouse Mitigation Handbook. He was also on the editorial panel for the Mammal Society’s UK BAP Mammals: Interim Guidance for Survey Methodologies, Impact Assessment and Mitigation in 2012.
David is also involved with bat survey and mitigation, and is currently chair of the Gloucestershire Bat Group.
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.
Trainer on our Harvest Mouse course.
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.
Hazel has worked in conservation for 27 years since graduating from Royal Holloway, University of London with a degree in Ecology. Her current role is Senior Conservation Officer at the Wildwood Trust, Kent, a British wildlife conservation charity, where she manages captive breeding programmes for native 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.
Hazel in an experienced trainer, teaching courses on a wide range of mammal species.
Hazel is co-author of the Mammals of Kent, the county Mammal Atlas published in 2015.
Hazel has appeared in many television programmes to talk about mammals including Countryfile, Springwatch, BBC Breakfast, Inside Out , CBeebies and Nature Nuts with Julian Clary.
She also enjoys travelling abroad to trap and handle small mammals and bats.
Nick is the trainer on our Camera Trap course
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 our Skull and Bone Identification of British Mammals Workshop
Ric Morris has been collecting and studying mammal and bird bones since his teenage years in the early 1970s.
Having trained as a primary school teacher he spent the majority of his career working as a criminal investigator for Shropshire Council’s Trading Standards Service, on anti-counterfeiting cases, rogue builders and fraud in the motor trade. He currently works as a face-to-face membership recruiter with Shropshire Wildlife Trust, using the visual fascination of bones to start wildlife and conservation discussions with the public.
Ric is a Mammal Society member, a committee member of Shropshire Mammal Group and has edited its quarterly e-newsletter since 2014. He has also written bone identification articles for The Mammal Society magazine Mammal News. He has attended several of the short zooarchaeology courses at the University of Sheffield enabling him to bring a zooarch perspective to his own bone ID courses which he has delivered up and down the Welsh Marches as well as in Scotland and Sussex. Ric is currently working on a comprehensive illustrated identification guide to the Skulls and bones of British mammals to be published by Pelagic Publishing. He is also to be found on Twitter as @Skull_Bloke, answering bone ID queries from all over the UK and posting about new additions to his extensive osteological reference collection.
Trainer on our Grassland and Water Vole Ecology and Mitigation Course.
Robyn has over 15 years experience working in conservation and teaching, having worked as a zoo keeper and been part of multiple scientific research expeditions to the Amazon rainforest and Andes. She now specializes in water vole and has been researching the urban grassland water voles found in the Glasgow area for over 5 years. Using techniques such as telemetry, capture-mark-recapture, and ground-penetrating radar, along with extensive survey and mapping, she has helped to uncover the mechanisms behind the behavioural switch of water vole to grassland habitat. She has also taught at the University of Glasgow for a number of years and run multiple training courses on grassland water voles.
Trainer on Beaver Ecology and Conservation.
Dr Roisin Campbell-Palmer is a highly-experienced field biologist with numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications on beaver biology and ecology, including lead author of ‘The Eurasian Beaver Handbook’ and holds a PhD from the University of Southeast Norway on the importance of founder selection in beaver restoration programmes. As Conservation Manager for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and Field Operations Manager for the Scottish Beaver Trial, she has considerable conservation project management experience including a wide range of data collection techniques (including field sign, GIS, remote camera traps, animal trapping and biological sample collection), with a proven track record of data handling and analysis, along with disseminating field work findings to peers and the broader public. Roisin is actively involved in several beaver restoration and feasibility projects across Britain. Roisin is currently a self-employed ecologist, advising several projects and organisations on beaver related projects throughout Britain including SNH, Devon Wildlife Trust, RSPB, Trees for Life, RZSS, and the Forestry Commission, and acting as a service provider on an ‘on-call’ basis for SNH to provide advice and practical support to landowners and managers with regards beavers.
Trainer on Mammal Identification Weekend
Over a 20-year period, Suzanne has undertaken a number of wildlife roles throughout her career at the Wildwood Trust, ranging from volunteering with the Education department, to her current role as Conservation Officer. During this time, teaching others about wildlife and ecology has always been a huge part of her role, running annual courses on small mammal trapping and identification and dormouse handling. In August 2017, Suzanne took on the national studbook for the hazel dormouse and now co-ordinates with all of the captive holders by providing breeding recommendations. In addition to her employment, since 2001, Suzanne has volunteered for the PTES by monitoring dormice for the National Dormouse Monitoring Programme and providing people with the knowledge and experience required to gain their dormouse licence. Suzanne has been an active member of the Kent Mammal Group as their Secretary for the last 18 years and contributed to the Kent Mammal Atlas that was published by them in 2015, by undertaking small mammal surveys and by providing species accounts. Suzanne’s wildlife knowledge is not just limited to small mammals, she was co-author of ‘Bears of the World’ published by Blandford in 1995.
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