A zoology student and amateur wildlife photographer with a passion for wildlife and environmental conservation, I grew up within a secluded area of outstanding natural beauty and scientific interest on the Somerset levels. A short drive from the coast, the rivers and open landscape surrounding me would still fall victim to our societies throw-away culture despite being miles from the nearest village or town, proving that littering can occur anywhere! Over the years, I would retrieve an assortment of incorrectly disposed rubbish that could have otherwise caused serious damage to the local wildlife. Had this rubbish made its way to the ocean, exposure to the sun and wave action would have eventually rendered it into smaller microplastics – a significant consequence for those organisms living off or in the ocean.
As a result, I am a keen low waste and plastic-free advocate looking to empower eco-consciousness among my local community whilst encouraging awareness of the implications that a range of species, be them land or sea-dwelling, suffer by means of plastic pollution and climate change. Having long been inspired by SAS work to protect oceans, beaches, and wildlife, I am deeply excited to be working with the charity as a Regional Rep and look forward to organising my own beach cleans and events by bringing together other like-minded individuals.