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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

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Dominic Price - Director

Dominic Price is one of the UK's foremost species conservation experts, with over two decades experience in the field. He set up the Species Recovery Trust in 2012 and formerly worked for a range of conservation organisations across the world. He is also an accomplished botanical author and tutor.


Dominic also has a rich history in the environmental and anti-roads protest movements.

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Dr Charlotte Carne - Programmes Manager

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

She manages several of our conservation programmes, focussing on invertebrate species in the south of England. 


Bex House - Conservation Officer

Bex has been working in conservation for many years promoting the benefits of enjoying the natural world and safeguarding the natural environment for the future.

Following completion of BSc, MSc and a PGCE Bex gained employment at TCV, Plantlife International and The Marine Biological Association. This gave her the opportunity to develop a suite of skills aimed at enabling more people to share her enthusiasm for the outdoor environment. Bex manages our projects throughout Devon and Cornwall. 


Vicky Wilkins - Programmes Manager

Vicky is a highly skilled and experienced species conservationist; she has worked in the conservation sector both here in the UK and internationally for over 15 years. Specialising in invertebrate conservation, she provides advice to NGOs, universities, corporates, and governments.


She is leading on invertebrate recovery projects for SRT, with a focus on the North of England. 


Holly Stanworth - Conservation Officer

Holly has been inspired by nature since a very young age, and has  traveled  the world to help conserve our rarest animals and habitats. But more recently, due to the current climes, she has set her aspirations to safeguard UK biodiversity. She is involved with botanical surveying, hazel dormouse monitoring, habitat restoration, and in general, adores our natural world. 


Her career was kicked off with a BSc in Botany and Zoology, swiftly followed by conservation work with the RSPB, local authorities and Wildlife Trusts. The last ten years have been spent in professional ecology, perfecting the art of balancing development with conserving our natural assets. Botanical conservation is at the heart of her passion, and she will be assisting with the long-term resurrection of our rarest plant species across the south-east.


Claire Bending - Northern Gentian Officer

Claire is a Farm Conservation Adviser who has worked for a number of different organisations including the North York Moors National Park and the National Trust, and also works freelance. She has a passion for plants and has been fortunate to work all round the UK in many beautiful places and fascinating habitats.


However she has also seen first hand how fragmented and vulnerable many of our habitats and species are and is committed to helping to reverse this worrying trend wherever she can. 

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Fran Holmes - Volunteer & Training Coordinator

Fran has worked in volunteer centered roles with both The Wildlife Trust in Berkshire and Butterfly Conservation in Kent. She has also been a conservation volunteer herself in many forms – bat surveys with NSW Forestry in Australia and University of Aberdeen in Madagascar, marsupial surveys with The Australian National University in Tasmania, butterfly surveys and stock checks in Kent, and for a short time as Dom’s sidekick with Plantlife’s Back from the Brink project based in Salisbury.


She has a BSc in Tropical Environmental Science and a PGCE, and has worked in private consultancy, conservation and the wilds of the classrooms of Kent, Essex and Hampshire.

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Trevor Dines - Conservation Officer (Wales)

Trevor Dines, a farmer’s son from Hampshire, is a passionate botanist and conservationist. He has worked for the BSBI, co-authoring the New Atlas of the British and Irish Flora, and was Plantlife’s Botanical Specialist for 20 years, campaigning for better management of road verges, creating the #NoMowMay campaign to increase wildflowers on our lawns, and helping to create a new meadow in every county through the Prince of Wales’ Coronation Meadows project.

With appearances on shows including Radio 4 Today, BBC Breakfast, Countryfile, Gardener’s World and The One Show, Trevor delights in sharing his passion for plants. He is now a consultant botanist and freelance author based in the Conwy valley, north Wales.


Leif Bersweden - Conservation Officer

Leif Bersweden is a rising star in the world of botany, he is the author of the highly acclaimed 'The Orchid Hunter' & 'Where the Wild Plants Grow' and co-author of the Winter Trees Guide. 


Jo Alderton  - Conservation Officer (Central England)

Jo originally qualified as a solicitor, practising in residential property before completing a BSc in Land Management and becoming an ecological consultant.


Jo has over 10 years' experience of consultancy with a range of field surveys skills. She is a keen birder and ringer, collecting data for the BTO to inform species research. She has a passion for nature education and accessibility and is working in the Midlands area on some of our plant species reintroduction projects.

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. 


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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Catherine Hadler - Trustee

Catherine is a conservation ranger who looks after wildlife and nature across several sites in South West Hampshire. She thrives off of conserving nature on her sites and seeing species benefit as a result. A cheese lover and ardent home brew maker using natures' bounty, she likes to roam to far flung places and hike up big mountains across the world.


Dr Clive Bealey - Associate

Clive Bealey is a professional ecologist with particular interests in wading birds and lowland heath ecology. He worked for Natural England for many years running a national environmental monitoring project, and now runs a successful consultancy, specialising in long-term monitoring and biodiversity conservation


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.

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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.


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.

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