Fortunately for me, when I was 6 months old my parents decided to escape city life and set up camp by the sea in Perranporth, Cornwall. Having grown up surrounded by the ocean, I have developed a love for the marine environment that fuels my passion to protect it.
I have seen first-hand the devastation caused by plastic pollution and other anthropogenic impacts on marine life and the environment. After graduating with a biology degree from the University of Sussex, I decided to return home (it didn’t take much persuading) and volunteer for the local marine conservation groups in educating people not only about the incredible diversity of marine life we have in the UK, but also what we can all do to protect it. I am now lucky enough to have a job at SAS, with the Plastic Free Communities campaign, where I feel like I am making a genuine positive difference to help protect our oceans.
Fascinated by marine life, I still find myself rock pooling at low tides, exploring under rocks and in caves to wrestle with the biggest possible crab that I can, just as I did when I was young. I’m still a member of the local marine conservation groups and often help run various events and take part in wildlife surveys around the North Cornish Coast. I’m also a scuba diver, surfer, coastal hiker, beachcomber and anything-that-gets-me-in-or-around-the-sea-er.