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The Species Recovery Trust comprises a small team of specialist staff and a network of volunteers and experts across the country.



Dominic Price - Director

Dominic Price is one of the UK's foremost species conservation experts with over sixteen years experience in the field. He formerly worked on Plantlife's species recovery programme, as well as stints working for conservation organisations across the world. He is also an accomplished botanical tutor, running courses for a wider range of organisations. Dominic makes regular appearances in the media to talk about conservation issues.


Dr Phil Wilson - Associate

Phil Wilson is one of the most eminent experts on species conservation in the UK. He specialises in vascular plants, and particularly rare arable flora.


Dr Belinda Wheeler - Associate

Belinda Wheeler has been a freelance professional plant ecologist and conservationist for 20 years, specialising in projects that aim to audit, monitor, manage and conserve plant species and their habitats. Having started her career as warden of one of only two Military Orchid sites in the UK she went on to complete a PhD on the conservation and ecology of another very rare species in Britain, Spiked Rampion: her experience in the conservation of rare plants led on to many years’ work on rare plant species included in Plantlife’s Species Recovery Programme.


Sharon Pilkington - Associate

Sharon is a professional botanist and bryologist with many years’ experience of the British flora. As a county recorder of plants and bryophytes, she spends a lot of her spare time leading field meetings and training events and is an experienced tutor. She is currently undertaking a systematic survey of Somerset for a forthcoming new county bryophyte flora and is also managing a team of voluntary botanists in Wiltshire to collect records for the next BSBI atlas of plants in the British Isles.

Keith Alexander

Dr Keith Alexander - Associate

Keith is a leading expert on the conservation of terrestrial invertebrates in the UK, with a special interest in saproxylic (decaying wood) invertebrates and veteran trees. He is the Honorary Specialist Adviser to the IUCN on European Saproxylic Beetles and joint author of the 2010 European Red List of Saproxylic Beetles.

Charlotte Carne

Dr Charlotte Carne - Programmes Manager

Charlotte completed a PhD on the conservation of orangutans and chimpanzees, in particular focusing on the potential effects of climate change and disease.

She manages several of our conservation programmes, and is our volunteer coordinator.


Ceri Richards - Conservation Officer

Ceri is a freelance ecological consultant, specialising in botany. She also runs guided foraging walks, writes about the environment and blogs about discovering the natural world with her toddler.

She coordinates several of our species programmes.

Brian Laney - Conservation Officer

Brian is a self taught botanist and for over 30 years has been passionately working to spread awareness and save some of the UK's rarest plants.In 2003 he re-discovered Bee Orchid in Scotland, last seen in 1908. He is the Northamptonshire county recorder for reptiles and amphibians.

Brian leads on several of our plant programmes.


Leif Bersweden - Conservation Officer

Leif Bersweden is about to study Biological Sciences at Oxford and already has over six years' worth of botanical experience. He is the co-author of the Winter Trees Guide and assists with our training programme and field surveys.


Vivien Macdona - Conservation Officer

Vivien Macdona's background is in communications, including community awareness-raising around climate change resilience. She is a Volunteer Officer with The Conservation Volunteers, working on a variety of practical tasks.

She is currently in charge of our online media.

Jed Hamblin-Boone - Chairman

Jed was lucky enough to grow up in the British countryside and has been inspired by nature for as long as he can remember. His awareness and concern for environmental issues began when he teamed up with our Director, Dom, in the mid-90s and became infected by Dom's passion for wildlife and environmental campaigning. He went on to complete his masters degree in Philosophy and the Environment in which he specialised in our duties to conserve species. As well as being our chair he now heads up the Environment Agency's land and property function, as well as being a keen mountaineer and cyclist. 


Louise Stewart - Trustee

Louise Stewart has a background in education and social work, combined with a lifelong love of nature.


Nicholas Berry - Trustee

Nicholas Berry works in the City as a media and entertainment lawyer, and is the trust’s treasurer. He is based in London but maintains a strong link with the countryside, in particular long distance walking.

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