Carl is based at Highland Wildlife Park and works as an assistant conservation project officer reporting to the conservation programme manager. His role allows him to combine a love for conservation with a passion for plants. Carl is responsible for looking after the conservation breeding project for pine hoverfly, a critically endangered species in Britain, and helping to implement the Biodiversity Action Plan for Highland Wildlife Park.
Carl has a varied background, ranging from snowboard instructor in Japan to leading divisions in logistics. He decided to retrain in 2015 and completed a Forestry and Conservation course at the University of the Highlands and Islands as well as studying for the RHS Level 3 Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation. In the final year of his studies, Carl worked in a graduate placement at Highland Wildlife Park, assisting with conservation work across the park.
Carl is passionate about plants and with that, the invertebrates that thrive alongside them. He is particularly interested in restoring habitats to become more species rich and more resilient for the future.
BAEU (University of Leicester / Universitat de Valencia) Ancient History and Archaeology
HND (University of Highlands and Islands) Forestry and Conservation
Level 3 (RHS) Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation
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A GIANT update
Our charity has worked with Arnaud and his team at the Wildlife Conservation Institute (ICAS) in Brazil for over a decade to safeguard endangered giant armadillos, giant anteaters and their threatened habitat.
The new scientific techniques saving an ancient species
Capercaillie (Capall coille in Scots Gaelic, meaning ‘horse of the woods’) are such rare and elusive birds in the UK that few of us nowadays would be lucky enough to see one. In this guest blog by Jocasta Mann, communications officer at the Cairngorms Capercaillie Project, find out more about the largest grouse in the world and discover how the Cairngorms Capercaillie Project is working with a wide range of partners, including scientists at RZSS WildGenes, to improve the long-term fortune of this iconic Scottish species.