MEET THE TEAM

The Urban Heaths Partnership core team is made up of 13 people, plus seasonal wardens employed to help engage with the public during key times.

Head Office is on the edge of Upton Heath at the Urban Wildlife Centre, Beacon Hill Lane, Corfe Mullen, Dorset, BH21 3RX

Paul Attwell

Paul Attwell

Team manager of the Urban Heaths Partnership (UHP)

urbanheaths@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

Paul has worked in countryside management and conservation farming in Somerset and Dorset for over 25 years, starting as a countryside ranger in the 1990s and working in Public Rights of Way for over 10 years before joining UHP in 2008.

Sarah Allen

Sarah Allen

UHP education coordinator

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Sarah studied for a BSc in Geography and Zoology and then an MSc in Environmental Analysis before becoming a secondary school geography teacher. She taught in both the UK and South East Asia before joining UHP in 2016. Leading the education team combines her love of teaching and the natural world, believing that experiential, discovery-based, outdoor learning is the best way for young people to connect with their environment and encourages environmental stewardship. In her spare time Sarah enjoys busy family life, biking, ballet and books.

Sophie Court

Sophie Court

UHP education assistant / Dorset Dogs BARI warden

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A Dorset girl, Sophie left school after GCSE’S and studied Countryside Management at Kingston Maurward College. Following a career as a ranger for a number of years she has worked all over the UK and ended up settling in Cumbria working for the Wildlife Trust. Sophie has also spent time living and working in New Zealand, Australia, Vietnam and Nepal, but decided to return to the UK to pursue a career in nature, trying to inspire and engage the general public. In her spare time Sophie likes to go walking, mountain biking, photography and music festivals.

Heather Radice

Heather Radice

UHP project support officer

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Heather joined UHP in Oct 2020. She has a background in design and working in wildlife conservation. She looks after all our communications and social media as well as supporting the wider team. Heather moved to Dorset in 2008 and has a passion for our countryside and wildlife. In her spare time Heather enjoys walking, running and riding her horse.

Rachel Pearce

Rachel Pearce

UHP access projects & monitoring officer

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Rachel joined UHP in April 2011. She has a background in ecology, the climbing world, training and has a BSc in Conservation Biology. Her passion is entomology – particularly bees, pollination ecology and all things conservation, on a landscape scale. Rachel works with us two days a week and leads on the Dorset Heathlands SPA monitoring, SANG monitoring and other associated projects. In her spare time she loves climbing, running, cycling, water sports and bug & flower spotting. Going on a walk with her can take a long time with so many stops to investigate what’s hiding in the undergrowth.

Chloe Lewis

Chloe Lewis

UHP monitoring warden

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Chloe joined the UHP team in 2017 after graduating from university with a Master’s in Ecology. Her role involves collecting and collating data on visitor numbers and understanding how Dorset’s heathlands and greenspaces are used. This information can then be used to help manage and protect our heathlands. When she’s not at work Chloe loves to crochet, play netball and explore our beautiful countryside.

Amy Gallagher

Amy Gallagher

UHP Purbeck, west & north Dorset warden

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Amy has been working for the Urban Heaths Partnership since starting as a seasonal warden in 2007. She now covers the historic Purbeck, west & north Dorset area as a heathland warden. This role involves a combination of on-site interaction with visitors, educational visits and monitoring visitor pressure. Having grown up in Dorset, Amy appreciates the local landscape of her home county and after studying Countryside Management at Kingston Maurward College she completed a degree at Aberystwyth University. Her hobbies mirror her job, as she looks after the family’s small herd of cattle carrying out heathland conservation grazing nearby.

Paul Bushell

Paul Bushell

Dorset Dogs officer

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Paul and his border terrier, Bramble, joined the team in Oct 2020. You will see them both out and about on our heathland sites talking to all the amazing dog owners and dogs of course, about the positive ways of walking and engaging in our precious and rare countryside.

Anneke Kempton

Anneke Kempton

Dorset Dogs assistant / Dorset Dogs BARI warden

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Anneke has a degree in Zoology and an MSC in Wildlife Biology and Conservation specialising in heathland conservation management. She was part of the management team of a busy outdoor environmental education centre, served as a Police Officer (SPC) in London and worked as a professional dog walker. Anneke has been studying dog training and behaviour for the last 6 years and has always had a love for the outdoors, wildlife and of course dogs which makes this the perfect role.

Mollie Taylor

Mollie Taylor

Dorset Dogs Hengistbury project officer

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Mollie joined UHP in June 2021. For the past 3 and a half years she has been working at Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve in a range of roles; from ranger to wellbeing and educational engagement. Mollie is local to Dorset, with a BSc in Animal Behaviour, MSc in Biodiversity Conservation and a strong passion for nature and wildlife. Border collie, Bodhi, accompanies Mollie around Hengistbury, so make sure to say hi if you see them out and about!

Ria Loveridge

Ria Loveridge

Poole Harbour’s Bird and Recreation Initiative (BARI) project coordinator

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Ria joined UHP in Jan 2021. After 3 years as a ranger working along the south coast and volunteering for RSPB and Bird Aware Solent she has heaps of experience in bird disturbance and community engagement. Ria now coordinates the Bird and Recreation Initiative to raise awareness of wildlife-friendly recreation and the protected bird species in Poole Harbour. As a keen birder, surfer and newly into sailing, this is her perfect job!

Lauren Hyams

Lauren Hyams

Poole Harbour’s Bird and Recreation Initiative (BARI) winter mitigation warden

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Lauren joined the team this winter and can be found patrolling Poole Harbour with a pair of binoculars in hand. She has a degree in Ecology and Conservation Biology, and has recently returned from living abroad in New Zealand where she volunteered in numerous conservation roles both on land and at sea. She also enjoys spending winter on the slopes snowboarding.

Linda Kettley

Linda Kettley

Firewise communities assistant

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Lin’s role within the Firewise project involves encouraging communities living on the urban/heath interface to work together to reduce the risks to homes posed by the wildfires that the heaths often suffer from. Lin spent 25 years with Essex County Fire & Rescue Service working in the 999 control room and then with Safer Communities directorate. She moved to Dorset in 2016 and gained the role of Firewise communities assistant with UHP. Lin loves being part of such a diverse team, working to make communities safer and enjoys walking her dog on the heath.

Phil O'Keefe

Phil O'Keefe

Seasonal warden

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Phil has joined the team for the summer and will be working on behalf of Dorset Council, wardening, monitoring and engaging with the public.

Phil first came to UHP as a seasonal warden during the summer of 2021 and has returned to us this year. With a keen interest in native amphibians and reptiles he thoroughly enjoys spending time on heathland along with chatting to members of the public. Outside of work he enjoys playing cricket and continues to learn drum kit.

Sally Pegg

Sally Pegg

Seasonal warden

urbanheaths@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

Sally has joined the team for the summer and will be working on behalf of Dorset Council, wardening, monitoring and engaging with the public.

Sally has a background in research and teaching. She is passionate about the environment, volunteering at Blashford Nature Reserve (Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife trust) in both educational and environment management capacities. In her spare time she is a keen gardener and cook as well as a musician (clarinet and saxophone). She enjoys outdoor and energetic activities including walking, cycling, running, kayaking and fishing.