Sally Hyslop – Community Engagement Officer

Sally is the Community Engagement Officer for the Trust’s National Lottery Heritage Fund project All Hands on the Don, where she works with community groups, residents and local schools, to develop and deliver education and participation activities.

Sally started working for DCRT in 2016 on the Living Heritage of the River Don project, first as Project Assistant and later as Community Engagement Officer. This led to Sally working as the Community Engagement Officer throughout the Trust’s Hidden Heritage Secret Streams project in Chesterfield. Both projects have been incredible opportunities, working alongside volunteers to improve our rivers, surveying wildlife with citizen scientists, teaching school sessions, and organising riverside events for families to learn about nature together.

Sally is also the Angler’s Riverfly Monitoring Initiative (ARMI) coordinator for the Trust.

Before working at DCRT Sally was an Identification Trainer for the Future at the Natural History Museum, where she trained in the identification of UK nature and gained experience in collections management, informal education, and engagement in natural history. Before this, she worked for the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services, on placement with The Conservation Volunteers, helping to run wildlife gardening sessions for schools. Sally has also worked as an ecological surveyor.

Having been fascinated by Natural History her whole life, Sally started volunteering in the sector whilst at secondary school, helping on bat surveys and at a wildlife park. This led to studying at the University of Sheffield where she was awarded a Masters degree in Zoology.

Sally enjoy reading about wildlife and drawing the natural world. In free time, she likes to go wild-swimming, coarse fishing, walking in the peak district and visiting museums.

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