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DBRC staff

Manager - Ian Egerton Ian

  • Responsible for the strategic and daily management of DBRC, client liaison and business development.
  • First point of contact for new clients, partnerships and project development.
  • Facilitates DBRC Executive Group & Forum.

    Ian has over 20 years of experience in the built environment including sustainable construction, planning and new homes development.  His longstanding passion for the natural environment led him to his current role. Having managed regional development projects over the last few years for SW Wildlife Trusts and Natural England, Ian is well placed to balance the commercial aspects of DBRC with its partnership aims and environmental objectives.
    Contact:  Tel: 01392 274128

Specialist Officer - Ellie KnottEllie

  • Responsible for the technical aspects of DBRC work such as complex data analysis and the development of DBRC's databases (MapInfo, ArcGIS, Recorder 6, MapMate and Marine Recorder).
  • Ensures that organisations with a Service Level Agreement or Data Agreement receive data and services as agreed.
  • Assists with the negotiation of agreements with a range of organisations which collect and/or use environmental data e.g. the Environment Agency, Natural England, Local Authorities, local recording groups.

    Ellie has 16 years of experience in Local Records Centre work, as well as a degree in Biology from Bangor (University of Wales) and a Masters in Ecology from Durham University. She has been trained in MapInfo, Access, advanced Excel and Recorder 6. She is particularly interested in reptiles, amphibians and mammals and is a founder member of the Devon Mammal Group and Devon Reptile and Amphibian Group.
    Contact:  Tel: 01392 274128

Specialist Officer - Emma Magill

  • Primary contact for DBRC survey and mapping projects.
  • Co-ordinates and oversees the work of staff, sub-contractors and volunteers in the delivery of survey and mapping projects, as well as working on them.
  • Botanical and habitat surveyor, primarily of County Wildlife Sites (CWS).

    Emma has a degree in Heritage, Landscape and Visual Arts from Plymouth University and a Certificate in Biological Recording and Species Identification from Birmingham University. She has worked at DBRC for 12 years and has 9 years of botanical habitat survey experience as well as 6 years of aerial photograph interpretation experience.  She has managed many large and small-scale projects including the County Wildlife Site project and Devon Biodiversity Monitoring Framework. 
    Contact:  Tel: 01392 274128

Record Centre Officer - Caroline JonesCaroline

  • Manages the DBRC data search service.
  • Assists with DBRC GIS projects as and when required.
  • Manages 'Operation Otter'
  • Looks after the DBRC website and assists the manager with other marketing initiatives.

    Caroline has 10 years of experience of record centre work. She has a degree in Applied Biological Sciences from Bath University and has been trained in MapInfo GIS, air photo interpretation, plant identification and Phase One land-use survey. She has also worked in event fundraising and face to face marketing for Marie Curie Cancer Care and the RSPB. Caroline enjoys providing customers with the information they require to make informed decisions about Wildlife conservation.
    Contact:  (01392) 274128

Records Centre Officer - Jacqui WestJacqui

  • Responsible for checking incidental terrestrial species data and oversees all data entry onto the Recorder 6 database
  • Co-ordinates terrestrial data exchange agreements and sends out data to recording groups on an ad hoc basis
  • Manages and supports office volunteers involved in terrestrial data entry
  • Handles enquiries about species identification.

    Jacqui has lived in Devon for over 27 years and  has worked at DBRC since 2001. Before that she worked at Devon Wildlife Trust. She says it will be a lifetime's work learning about the wildlife of the County. She learns a lot from her time in the field and says it is a privilege to work with all the knowledgeable naturalists and County Recorders who help her to verify the species records. Jacqui is interested in all wildlife and the part of her job she enjoys the most is helping to identify species sightings from members of the public.
    Contact: Tel: 01392 274128

Record Centre Assistant - Alex Worsley

  • Assists with County Wildlife Site surveys. Alexsurveying
  • Assists with data management.
  • Assists with data searches

    Alex was offered a permanent contract at DBRC in June 2014 after volunteering here full time as a County Wildlife Site (CWS) trainee for 9 months in 2013/14. Whilst here he learnt new skills relating to CWS survey and advising landowners which made him the ideal candidate for this role. 
    Contact: Tel:  01392 274128

Specialist Officer: Botanical Survey and Projects
- Fiona FreshneyFiona_cropped

  • Botanical surveyor and responsible for the day to day operation of the Biodiversity Monitoring Framework  (BMF) Project, which involves the survey and assessment of County Wildlife Sites (CWS).
  • Supervises and co-ordinates training for the DBRC volunteer training programme.
  • Develops and delivers DBRC botanical training courses.

Fiona has been involved in the conservation and ecology sphere since 1995, based primarily in Devon. She has worked both as a self-employed consultant and on fixed-term contracts for a wide range of organisations including Natural England, Dartmoor National Park Authority, RSPB and as a sub-contractor surveying CWS’s for the DBRC. She has extensive knowledge of Devon’s flora  and  habitats, with a slight upland bias, has undertaken land management advisory work and  habitat management plans. She also has an enthusiasm for ornithological survey, spending the last four survey seasons studying the ring ouzel population on Dartmoor for the RSPB. Fiona has a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Plymouth and a Postgraduate Certificate in Animal Behaviour from Exeter University.
Contact: Tel:  01392 274128

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