Who Am I?
I’m a birder, naturalist, aspiring conservationist and scientist in training. I hail from Yorkshire and currently live in Aberdeen where I’m working towards a PhD in ecology.
I’ve been interested in nature all my life (cheers Dad) and I was very lucky to grow up in an area full of passionate and knowledgeable naturalists (big up Harrogate and District Natural History Society and the East Dales Ringing Group) who were more than willing to guide me along the way.
My interest in nature naturally led to my interest in conservation and I’m proud to call myself a passionate nature conservationist; who believes in conserving nature for it’s intrinsic value as well as for the goods and services it provides humanity. Being an academic type I tend to approach nature conservation from an empirical, as well as, an emotive point of view.
I’ve been lucky enough to have some amazing conservation experiences along the way. From helicopter surveying Gyr Flacons in the Swedish tundra to living with semi-subsistence farmers in the mountains of Bulgaria, so I like to think I’ve got a well rounded view of the approaches and challenges conservationists face on the ground (although I’ll let you be the judge of that).
I’ve also had some pretty informative experiences outside of conservation, such as working as a Science Advisor in the UK’s Houses of Parliament, so I like to think I’ve got a pretty good view of the political challenges conservationists face (although I’ll again let you be the judge of that!).
Danny Heptinstall http://www.linkedin.com/in/dheptinstall