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Carys has been an admirer of DCRT and its work for many years, and joined DCRT as a trustee in 2018.

Carys studied Ecology as an undergraduate, and later went on to complete a PGCert in Water Environment Consultancy. Carys is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) and has 10 years’ experience working in the conservation and ecology sector.

Carys started her career dabbling in fieldwork at Lancaster University which included the unusual tasks of rearing ladybirds and lacewings, searching for caterpillars on limestone cliffs, sifting soil, and growing broad beans. Carys then moved to South Yorkshire to begin a career at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust (YWT). Here, she helped lead outdoor education sessions for school groups before moving into the projects team where she worked on a range of conservation projects, primarily for water voles, rivers, wetlands, and limestone grassland.

After six years at YWT, Carys took a side step into ecological consultancy and joined a company specialising in manging flood risk and restoring rivers and floodplains. Carys currently works as a senior ecologist at the consultancy and coordinates their Catchment and River Restoration Team. Carys has expertise in River Habitat Survey, Natural Flood Management, river and catchment restoration, and protected species surveying (including white-clawed crayfish, water vole, and otter). She is also responsible for project management and leads a small team of ecologists.

Besides her work, Carys loves being in the outdoors and is at her happiest when walking in the countryside, running the trails, or poking about in rivers.

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