About Jenny Holden

Jenny Holden | Wilde EcologyJenny is a Cumbrian lass who was brought up near Ulverston. Animal mad from a young age, she was signed up as a Cumbria Wildlife Trust volunteer by the age of four and the organisation has been part of her life ever since. Jenny gained a 2:1 BSc (Hons) in Biology and Science Communication from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2002.

She spent two summers as an Expedition Journalist working with Biosphere Expeditions in Peru and Ukraine, writing for publications such as The Times, Land Rover Magazine and Global Adventure. She wrote a popular weekly Nature Notes Column for the North West Evening Mail for five years. Jenny’s first full time job was UK Conservation Officer for the World Owl Trust. During her time there she chaired a symposium on Owl Conservation at the 1st European Congress of Conservation Biology in Hungary; her work on Barn Owls has been recognised internationally.

Jenny worked for three years as Water Vole Conservation Project Officer for Cumbria Wildlife Trust, where she was a member of the National Water For Wildlife Partnership, before moving to Knapdale, Argyll to take up the post of Scottish Beaver Trial Field Officer, playing a key role in this major reintroduction study.

Over the years, Jenny has gained experience in surveying for a wide range of species and habitats and is a trained Bat Worker and Bird-ringer. In 2010 Jenny was named in the Guardian’s Top 50 Green Heroes for her conservation work.

In their spare time, Jenny and Chris enjoy keeping their small flock of pedigree Shetland Sheep and hens, growing their own vegetables, training their sheepdogs Fox and Whisper, seeking out wildlife and exploring the Lakeland fells with their tent. When they have time to unwind, they are often found in Cumbrian pubs sampling the real ale.

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