Simon is the Director of Ambios responsible for External Networks and Vocational Training. He leads on project focused grant fundraising and has a specific training role around species reintroductions and mammal ecology. His Master’s research focused on badger ecology on farmland in Devon. His outreach work for Ambios includes visiting Universities to give talks about rewilding and helping to facilitate local and national rewilding networks. Simon is passionate about ecology, biodiversity and creating positive learning environments. He co-founded Ambios in 2001 to help people achieve their goals for nature and employment.
Jack is a Director of Ambios and is responsible for Lower Sharpham Farm, the Devon base of Ambios’ domestic training and nature conservation programme. His responsibilities include running the day to day activities of the farm, including hosting and training residential trainees and volunteers on placements; coordinating the programme of farm work and nature conservation outcomes of Lower Sharpham Farm including research projects, community based activities and delivering a comprehensive and authentic work experience programme for the people United Response support. His career in conservation has been a marriage of Ambios and Sharpham, having spent his traineeship working on volunteer projects with Ambios, leading to running IgoMANGO residential volunteer project on the Sharpham Estate nearly 10 years ago. He and his partner Kate live at Lower Sharpham Farm with their 2 boys, both of whom were born at the farm.
Mike’s career in conservation spans 30 years with specialism in wildlife surveys, habitat assessment and ecological evaluation. He has worked with Ambios since 2005 and has played a central role in the development of its programmes over the last 10 years. He provides trainees with core elements of their training throughout each of our residential programmes, including species identification, wildlife monitoring techniques, field ecology and ecological restoration approaches. Mike also provides continuous residential support for trainees as they progress through their placements.
Molly completed her undergraduate degree in Zoology and her masters in Conservation Science and Policy at the University of Exeter. She first joined Ambios at Lower Sharpham Farm in March 2021 on the 12-week nature conservation training course. This experience allowed her to develop her interests in rewilding as well as gain practical conservation skills and experience to kickstart her career. She undertook a 6-month kickstart placement with Ambios before securing her role as the Farm and Course Coordinator in November 2021. Her responsibilities include communications, marketing and course administration. She also helps Ambios facilitate the Devon Rewilding Network in partnership with Rewilding Britain.
Annie first joined Ambios at Lower Sharpham Farm on the 12-week nature conservation course back in Autumn 2021 and fell in love with the place so much that she had to come back and make it her home! Since last summer she’s been living as a volunteer at the farm supporting the trainees and working in the garden. She has now joined the Ambios staff team as a Garden Facilitator thanks to some grant funding from the National Lottery Community Fund. Her role involves helping the people that United Response support to start working in our organic vegetable garden again post covid.
Stu has 15 years experience in conservation and land management, as well as passion for passing on traditional rural skills and woodland development. His roles include educating the trainees, groundworks and all aspects of woodland and estate management. He is qualified in a range of machinery use and techniques including chainsaws, brush cutters and hedge laying. He especially enjoys utilising the natural resources through his passion for chainsaw planking, woodturning and charcoal making. Stu also runs a small craft company in Devon, called Shaw Wood. Primarily they produce locally sourced and handcrafted wooden items such as Didgeridoos , handturned objects and rustic garden furniture. They also offer a variety of rural skills training, as well as land management, landscaping and outdoor space enhancement. Please visit his website to find out more.
Fraser is a trainer for Ambios in a wide range of subjects that reflects his long and varied career as a Countryside Ranger and Natural Reserves Manager. He describes himself as a reasonable birder, a passable botanist and an aspiring entomologist and is never happier than when sharing his knowledge with students. Fraser is an accomplished nature conservation land manager with a large number of projects to his credit, giving him a valuable insight into what methods and practices give the greatest benefit for wildlife.
Izzy completed her undergraduate degree in Countryside Conservation at the University of Aberystwyth. She first joined Ambios at Lower Sharpham Farm in 2022 on the 12-week nature conservation training course. She had such a great time and loved the area that she decided to make Totnes her home. She has now joined the team as a Countryside Ranger as part of the New to Nature scheme supported by Groundwork and funded through The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Her role involves assisting our ecologist with wildlife surveys, managing data records, outreach and helping to research farm projects.
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