Ripple Project Officer & Interim Northern Ireland Engagement Coordinator
Interests & Responsibilities
Before joining BTO, Sorrel studied for a BSc in Ecology at the University of Edinburgh, where she worked as a temporary field assistant and in field course demonstrator positions. At university, Sorrel co-founded the Edinburgh University Ornithological Society and was the society’s President. It was in this volunteer role that she realised her passion for nature engagement work and learned how rewarding this work can be.
Sorrel has had a keen interest in birds and other wildlife from a young age and has taken part in BTO volunteer surveys and moth trapping for several years. She is a trainee ringer and has worked spring seasons at Ottenby Bird Station in south Sweden and North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory in Orkney. Sorrel also enjoys wildlife illustration and paints birds using pencil and watercolours.
Increasing diversity in the nature sector is very important to Sorrel, and since 2020 she has campaigned for greater action on Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in the birding and conservation world. As EDI is integral to the Ripple Project, Sorrel is looking forward to trialling novel ways of engaging new audiences and inspiring them to discover their local wildlife.