Shona joined BSG Ecology in April 2019 and is based at the Newcastle office. She has previously undertaken bat emergence and re-entry surveys at a range of sites and has experience of great crested newt surveying.
Previously, Shona volunteered for the Nothumberland Wildlife Trust, where she gained experience assisting with a release scheme for water vole, as well as mink monitoring. She also worked as a data input volunteer at the Environmental Records and Information Centre (ERIC) North East. This has fuelled her passion to work with protected species and has helped her to increase her knowledge and fieldwork skills.
Shona also has experience working abroad with a range of species including brown hares, peccaries and ungulates using radio-telemetry and infra-red cameras for the purpose of research. She has experience in handling a variety of native species, most notably water voles and brown hare.
In her spare time she’s been involved with the BTO Breeding Bird Survey, and she has a strong interest in bird conservation. Shona has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Behaviour, Ecology and Conservation and an MSc in Animal Reproduction. Her MSc dissertation involved analysing reproductive behaviour and hormone levels in the jaguar.