Jemma Meyrick
Jemma Meyrick
Graduate Volunteer

Jemma Meyrick

Jemma is a member of our education and outreach team and has helped run school workshops and events.  She graduated with a BSc Applied Zoology and continues to volunteer creating…

Becki Finn
Becki Finn
Graduate Volunteer

Becki Finn

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

Katy South
Katy South
Graduate Volunteer

Katy South

Katy completed a BSc Applied Zoology before going on to study for a Research Masters.  She is currently undertaking field research on the invasive pick-a-back plant and will be submitting…

Elle Adams
Elle Adams
Student Volunteer

Elle Adams

A student on the FdSc Conservation and Ecology, Elle has volunteered at county and regional invasive species forums.  She has also taken part in practical clearance tasks.  Elle is also…

Nicola Morris
Nicola Morris
Project Co-ordinator

Nicola Morris

Nicola is Project Coordinator for SINNG and oversees all of the student activities.  She is also a lecturer at the college.  Nicola volunteers with Cornwall Reptile and Amphibian Group (CRAG)…

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…

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 have proven to be a great asset…

Tristan Holmes
Tristan Holmes
Graduate 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…

Matt Tutt
Matt Tutt
Graduate Volunteer

Matt Tutt

Matt has been instrumental in keeping SINNG in the digital market.  His skills and expertise have enabled us to continue to have an online presence and he set up the…

Jack Madden
Jack Madden
Student Volunteer

Jack Madden

Jack was 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…

Jade Clayson
Jade Clayson
Student Volunteer

Jade Clayson

Jade is studying FdSc Conservation & Ecology and gives up many hours of her time to help with all aspects of the SINNG project. From managing a local flagship native pond…

Siobhan Pope
Siobhan Pope
Graduate 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…

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…

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…

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…

Stuart Edwards
Stuart Edwards
Previous Volunteers

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…

Joe Augier
Joe Augier
Previous Volunteers

Joe Augier

Joe secured a job at the National Lobster Hatchery and went on to complete a master’s degree. Whilst a SINNG volunteer he regularly helped with practical tasks and also had an article…

Kelly Astley
Kelly Astley
Previous Volunteers

Kelly Astley

Kelly enjoyed practical clearance work and survey work.  Since graduating from Newquay Kelly continued her work at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary and projects such as dormouse surveys.  She is now…

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…

Kat Cooper
Kat Cooper
Previous Volunteers

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 when she was course manager here…

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…

Conor Kendrew
Conor Kendrew
Previous Volunteers

Conor Kendrew

Every project needs a motivator and with Conor’s enthusiasm for wildlife he took on that role brilliantly.  He helped on a number of our surveys and practical clearance projects and is…

John Dietz
John Dietz
Previous Volunteers

John Dietz

As a student on the FdSc Wildlife, Education and Media at Newquay John did some filming for SINNG and returned to volunteer with us as a graduate.  He assisted with…

Laura Hillary
Laura Hillary
Previous Volunteers

Laura Hillary

Laura graduated with a BSc Applied Zoology after completeing a FdSC Wildlife Education and Media.  She volunteered with all aspects of SINNG's work. "I find myself more connected to wildlife…

Matt Dennis
Matt Dennis
Previous Volunteers

Matt Dennis

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

Brianna Carter
Brianna Carter
Previous Volunteers

Brianna Carter

Brianna Carter graduated with a FdSc Animal Behaviour and Psychology and then gained an internship on seabird rehabilitation in Cape Town.  She then returned to study for her top-up year.

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…

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