Rebecca has had a deep running passion for birds & wildlife since childhood, initially inspired by her family during exotic & UK natural history-based travel over many school holidays. After graduating with a BSc Hons Degree in Geography and Environmental Studies Rebecca did a Certificate in Ornithology at Cambridge University before embarking on an MSc in Conservation Management. She has been an Ecologist & Ornithologist for the past 16 years. This has included working for the RSPB, Wildlife Trust for West Wales and Herpetological Conservation Trust. She went Freelance in 2006 after an exceptional two years spent as Assistant Warden and Seabird Monitoring Officer on Fair Isle, Shetland.
Rebecca has spent her spare time travelling, birding, bird ringing and developing her bird photography skills. She gained her BTO ‘C’ permit bird ringing license in 2007 and became an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society in 2011. Her natural history images have been published in hundreds of books journals and magazines. She was a contributing author to ‘Birds New to Britain’ by Pitches & Cleeves & is one of the top-contributing photographers in the SOC ‘Birds of Scotland’. Rebecca is represented by several photographic agencies and art galleries & was runner up in the 2013 Scottish Nature Photography Awards. She is also a Full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).
She has a strong affiliation for the ‘North’ & coastal Britain & associated small Islands & marine wildlife, this led to her moving to Lerwick, Shetland fulltime in 2013. She now splits her time between work on Shetland & on mainland Britain. When she is not carrying out Ecological survey work, Rebecca leads wildlife and photographic trips throughout Shetland as well as Spitsbergen & Lesvos (for Shetland Nature & The Travelling Naturalist). Over the last 5 years Rebecca has given over 30 conservation-based talks to various UK bird and natural history clubs and societies sharing her passion for Seabirds & Fair Isle with a wider audience.