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Meet the team – Conservation

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Caroline Beddell Executive Director of Conservation

Caroline Bedell has worked for the Country Landowners’ Association (CLA) for 17 years, more than 10 of them as their Director Midlands. She brings a wealth of experience to BASC, holding a degree in Rural Land Management with 25 years’ experience of working with landowners on conservation and environment issues, advising on the management of sporting interests including shooting and stalking.



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Annette Cole Taste of Game Development Manager

Before joining the Country sports project Annette was Deputy Director of South West Tourism the south west regional tourist board responsible for the research and development side of the company. Annette has always specialised in Rural Tourism and was co-author of the regional rural tourism framework. Her experience includes 15 years in Project Management and Funding programmes and her interest in the rural sector comes from her farming background having been a diary farmer herself and her family also being farmers. She is a member of the Devon and Somerset Lady Guns and enjoys riding on Dartmoor on her horse.



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Ian Danby Head of Biodiversity Projects

Ian Danby has a degree in Ecology and Environmental Management and has been a freelance ecologist working for local authorities and wildlife trusts, his primary skills being botanical survey and generating management plans. His last contract before joining BASC in 1999 was with the Nottingham Wildlife Trust’s Environmental Consultancy. Ian took the position of Biodiversity Officer to develop BASC’s Biodiversity Action Plan for shooting called Green Shoots. He is now Head of Biodiversity Projects with three staff working on targeted conservation projects which achieve biodiversity targets in Cheshire, the Somerset Levels and North Wales. These projects are now part of our Green Shoots programme of work.

Ian was introduced to shooting by his father and came to BASC with a keen interest in decoying woodpigeon and rough shooting. He discovered wildfowling when joining BASC and is now a committed wildfowler too. Ian and his wife Jayne are the proud parents of Thomas who is keen to learn about shooting sports.

 

 



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Dr Conor O’Gorman Policy Development Manager

Conor joined BASC in 2003, spending several years successfully negotiating wildfowling leases and consents in England, Wales and Northern Ireland before expanding his role as Policy Development Manager to oversee the submission of BASC responses to all government consultations nationally and internationally. He specifically represents shooting interests on any proposals affecting the open general licences for pest birds.

Conor qualified as a Zoologist in Ireland in 1996 and began work on a game-keeping and habitat restoration project to save the Irish grey partridge from extinction, for which his research was awarded a PhD. He takes a keen interest in that project to this day, the last Irish population having recovered from a low of 22 birds a decade ago to over 900 birds today.



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Sarah Pinnell Green Shoots Wales Officer

Before joining the Green Shoots project Sarah was working in the charitable sector, and working as a Countryside Area Ranger for Ceredigion County Council and as a Project Officer with the emphasis on rural tourism and access to the countryside, working extensively with volunteers. Her interest in the rural sector is strengthened through sheep farming, and the family agricultural contracting business. She is a keen rider and enjoys riding the hills, following the local hunt, and generally being outdoors in the countryside with her family.



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Janette Lowrie PA to the Director of Conservation

Janette Lowrie joined BASC as Personal Assistant to the Director of Conservation in 2006.  She is involved in a variety of tasks including production of the wildfowling permit scheme booklet, organising the annual wildfowling conference and minute secretary to the Wildfowling Liaison Committee, Conservation and Land Management Committee and the Wildlife Habitat Trusts.



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Paul Williamson Head of Land Management

Paul joined BASC in 2009. Paul works closely with BASC affiliated clubs and members to identify opportunities for purchase and lease of land for shooting. He also assists clubs and members in maximising income from the land they own / occupy and other land management issues that arise.

Prior to joining BASC Paul has had sixteen years experience as a Rural and General Practice Chartered Surveyor. He has worked within the private sector for both owner occupier and tenant farmers. Scope of work has included: land & property sales, farm subsidies, environmental schemes, agricultural law, letting/ grazing agreements, compulsory purchase schemes, wayleaves & easements, valuations and livestock marketing.

Paul has been involved in shooting since the age of ten, predominately within North West Midlands. In the early years he carried a stick and now he enjoys both shooting and beating on a variety of walked and peg days.



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