With a heart for the conservation of biodiversity and a wonder of the beauty and functioning of the natural world, Esther has been working as an ecologist in the UK for the past 25 years, and enjoys photography and rock pooling whenever possible (occasionally at the same time).
Her work has stretched from Dartmoor National Park in Devon to Hermaness National Nature Reserve in Shetland, via the Peak District National Park. A couple of years working for the environmental NGO A Rocha in Portugal as Director of Science and Conservation brought an appreciation of the botany, birdlife and Vitamin D provision of the Mediterranean, whilst mentoring conservation volunteers. Internationally, Esther has been involved in research projects in Kenya, the dry forests of Peru, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
For the past seven years she has worked as an ecologist in Natural England’s Field Unit where she surveys some of the best botanical sites in England and trains staff in bird and plant identification, and habitat assessment.