Becki Finn
Becki Finn
Graduate Volunteer

Becki Finn

Becki volunteers on practical clearance work and really gets stuck in! Her recently gained knowledge of invasive species has encouraged her to volunteer for other activities such as public engagement.

Jade Clayson
Jade Clayson
Student Volunteer

Jade Clayson

Jade is a student on the FdSc Conservation & Ecology course and gives up many hours of her time to help with all aspects of the SINNG project. From managing…

Matt Dennis
Matt Dennis
Graduate Volunteer

Matt Dennis

A FdSc Zoological Conservation student whilst at Newquay, Matt went on to complete a BSc In Environmental Resource Management at Cornwall College Pool. “SINNG has provided me with valuable practical…

Abbie Maiden
Abbie Maiden
Student Volunteer

Abbie Maiden

Since joining SINNG Abbie has taken part in many of our practical days and is another volunteer who always manages to get stuck in! Abbie has worked with a number…

John Dietz
John Dietz
Graduate Volunteer

John Dietz

As a student on the FdSc Wildlife, Education and Media at Newquay John did some filming for SINNG and returning to volunteer with us as a graduate he intends to…

Jack Madden
Jack Madden
Student Volunteer

Jack Madden

Jack is a regular volunteer on our Wednesday practical clearance sessions and was part of the team who restored a local primary school pond in order to eradicate the invasive…

Siobhan Pope
Siobhan Pope
Student Volunteer

Siobhan Pope

Siobhan has become one of our leading outreach volunteers having completed her FdSc Zoological Conservation and going on to study BA Education and Training. As well as delivering SINNG’s interactive…

Laura Hillary
Laura Hillary
Student Volunteer

Laura Hillary

Laura, a FdSC Wildlife Education and Media student, volunteers with all aspects of SINNG's work. "After nearly 2 years on the course I find myself more connected to wildlife and the…

Kat Cooper
Kat Cooper
Staff Volunteer

Kat Cooper

Kat has been a very active supporter of SINNG both as a volunteer and by integrating the project into the FdSc Conservation and Ecology course she manages here at Newquay.…

Stuart Edwards
Stuart Edwards
Graduate Volunteer

Stuart Edwards

Stuart graduated with a BSc (Hons) Environmental Resource Management and continues to be involved with SINNG He has carried out research on invasive species and gave a talk at a…

Tracey Twomey
Tracey Twomey
Graduate Volunteer

Tracey Twomey

Tracey graduated with a BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology and within weeks was working full time at Newquay Zoo. Her long term commitment to SINNG is evident and since leaving the…

Conor Kendrew
Conor Kendrew
Student Volunteer

Conor Kendrew

Conor’s enthusiasm for wildlife is infectious and he is a great motivator to everyone in the group. He has helped on a number of our surveys and practical clearance projects.

Tristan Holmes
Tristan Holmes
Student Volunteer

Tristan Holmes

Tristan helps with lots of the practical clearance work and is actively involved in community liaison in Newquay. He also brings a wealth of experience with exotic species to the…

Nicola Morris
Nicola Morris
Project Co-ordinator

Nicola Morris

Nicola is heading the project and oversees all of the student activities for SINNG.

Vicky Palmer
Vicky Palmer
Student Volunteer

Vicky Palmer

Vicky has immersed herself in all aspects of SINNG from public engagement and awareness to practical clearance and research. Her skills in delivery are proving to be a great asset…

Suzie Kenny
Suzie Kenny
Previous Volunteers

Suzie Kenny

Suzie joined us as a graduate from Cardiff looking to gain more field experience. Her role as project assistant included all aspects of the SINNG project including many hours conducting…

Kathy Troke-Thomas
Kathy Troke-Thomas
Previous Volunteers

Kathy Troke-Thomas

"Since graduating I have worked with various conservation organisations and I know that often opportunities arise where I use skills learnt during my time with SINNG. I completed a seasonal…

Emma Weller
Emma Weller
Previous Volunteers

Emma Weller

Emma Weller is an enthusiastic SINNG volunteer and is keen to get involved whenever she can. Since graduating from Cornwall College with a BSc Environmental Resource Management Emma gained an…

Brianna Carter
Brianna Carter
Previous Volunteers

Brianna Carter

Brianna Carter has graduated with a FdSc Animal Behaviour and Psychology and is about to start an internship on seabird rehabilitation in Cape Town before coming back to study for…

Amy Jones
Amy Jones
Previous Volunteers

Amy Jones

Since graduating Amy has worked on projects with the Environment Agency and utilised her knowledge on invasive species control, management and reporting as well as biosecurity. “SINNG provides students the…

Kelly Astley
Kelly Astley
Previous Volunteers

Kelly Astley

Since graduating from Newquay Kelly has continued her work at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary but also gets involved in a variety of wildlife projects such as dormouse surveys.

Phil Maund
Phil Maund
Previous Volunteers

Phil Maund

Phil has been able to put the skills he learnt with SINNG to very good use. He managed the SINNG website and was also part of the floating pennywort control…

Joe Augier
Joe Augier
Previous Volunteers

Joe Augier

Joe is now working at the National Lobster Hatchery and about to begin a master’s degree. Whilst a SINNG volunteer he regularly helped with practical tasks and also had an…

Matt Tutt
Matt Tutt
Previous Volunteers

Matt Tutt

Matt previously volunteered for SINNG and is now helping to manage and maintain the website and provide digital marketing help via his online marketing agency.

See what our Volunteers have had to say about working for SINNG!
Abbie Maiden

I have enjoyed volunteering with SINNG a lot and it has been a great opportunity to apply knowledge of invasive species and native habitats in situations that really make a difference to Cornwall’s landscape.

Kathy Troke-Thomas

Whether scrambling along riverbanks pulling Himalayan balsam or trying to work out how snakes and ladders could be recreated with an invasive twist, SINNG was responsible for many happy memories as well as teaching me invaluable conservation skills and knowledge.

 

Laura Hillary

After nearly 2 years on the course I find myself more connected to wildlife and the importance of communicating to our future generations why we should preserve and conserve nature.  SINNG has provided me with a lot of practical and academic skills , that I feel I can take away with me and use in my future.  From Brownies workshops, to Pond clearance SINNG for me is acts as a therapy. By being in the open, helping our environment and doing something worthwhile, SINNG has helped me through those intense times at University. I look forward to more activities with Nicola and the rest of the gang.

Amy Jones

SINNG provides students the opportunity to gain a good knowledge and understanding of invasive species identification and control which is directly transferable and desirable when entering the work place

Amy Jones Environment Agency
Vicky Palmer

There is a real need for more public awareness and action concerning invasive non-native plants, animals and fungi which threaten our native flora and fauna. By participating in Himalayan balsam pulling, learning about research surrounding Japanese knotweed eradication, helping at STEM science fairs where SINNG run aquatic non-native plant ID workshops, I have not only learned about invasive species but I have helped to spread the knowledge I have gained. Hopefully this will go some way to further the important message that SINNG promotes. I’d recommend it as a way of doing something really useful and worthwhile, while having fun and gaining transferable skills for my CV.

Vicky Palmer SINNG Volunteer