Originally from Leicestershire, my love of the coast came from the hugely anticipated annual two-week family summer holiday down to Cornwall. During these two weeks as a child I developed a life-long love of rockpooling with my dad subsequently naming me a “Professional Rockpooler”, a title I still enjoy using today. Now I often take my younger cousins with me and enjoy telling them about marine life. I am so proud when I see them passing their new knowledge on to complete strangers that they come across on the beach.
My love of marine creatures, together with inspiration from my mum, led me to study both BSc (Hons) and MRes in Marine Biology at Plymouth University. Having now been in the South West for five years, I don’t plan on moving away from the area any time soon.
I like to spend as much of my time near, on or in the sea as possible. Whether that be walking along the South West Coast Path, paddling around a bay in a sea-kayak or snorkeling, I am happiest when I can see the sea. I am a keen birdwatcher so can often be found going for a walk with my lovely boyfriend at the weekends with binoculars in my bag. If there is a seabird to be spotted then I am in my element!
I have been passionate about the issue of marine litter for years and am particularly interested in how it can affect marine fauna and flora. From as far back as I can remember I have been encouraging my family and friends to join me in collecting litter from the beaches that we visit, knowing where it might end up if we didn’t! As a GCSE art student I used one of my projects to highlight the particular impact that this type of pollution can have on sea turtles by creating a 3D turtle which had unfortunately died due to ingesting and coming into contact with marine plastics.
I feel so lucky to be able to work next to the gorgeous Trevaunance Cove and love walking round the headland with my colleagues (and maybe one or two of the office dogs) during our lunch breaks when the weather allows.