Sarah joined the Oakbank team in June 2014 as an Ecologist and Farm Conservation Adviser.
Inspired by Sarah’s love of land, farming and wildlife, she embarked on an Ecology degree at Aberdeen University and has since gradually progressed back towards the south of England with a variety of roles, working in ecological research, disease and waste management, for the Game & Conservation Wildlife Trust and most recently Defra and Natural England.
Sarah’s fascination with the link between conservation and farming led to many years spent on farms in Scotland, Yorkshire and Leicestershire, researching, surveying and counting everything from kale seeds, establishing wild bird cover through to radio-tracking bats, hunting for skylark nests and counting Grey Partridge.
Working at GWCT’s Loddington farm and being very involved in the GWCT’s Grey Partridge Project at Royston has also established a firm understanding and practical knowledge of wild bird game keepering and shooting, whether it is helping to run shoot days or a spot of lamping.
More recently working for the government as a Stewardship Adviser has given Sarah an understanding of applying her ecological knowledge on farm, working with many farmers to achieve a good balance between profitable farming and sound conservation.