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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RZSS response to the UK Government’s intention to deprioritise species restoration
I was surprised and dismayed to read about the UK Government’s intention to deprioritise species restoration, which fails to recognise the importance of that vital pillar of biodiversity recovery, as well as flying in the face of recent guidance from the world authority for conservation, the IUCN.
Critically endangered wildcats now call the Cairngorms National Park home
The first round of wildcat releases in Scotland has been completed by Saving Wildcats, led by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) in partnership with NatureScot, Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS), The Cairngorms National Park Authority, Nordens Ark and Consejería de Sostenibilidad, Medio Ambiente y Economía Azul de la Junta de Andalucía.