Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service welcomes two new specialists to its team

Hannah Alred, Ancient Woodland Inventory Officer

A smiling Hannah standing in ancient woodland with bluebells flowering behind her

We are excited that Hannah has joined the team as Ancient Woodland Inventory Officer. Ancient woodlands have been covered in trees since at least 1600 AD and are a valuable part of our landscape. Hannah is responsible for adding new and updated data to the Suffolk part of the Ancient Woodland Inventory. The Inventory was created in the 1980s, before computer mapping was widely used, and this project will modernise it, providing greater detail to increase its resolution to take in woodlands down to 0.25 hectares in size over the previous 2-hectare resolution used. More details on the project can be found here https://www.theplanner.co.uk/opinion/the-value-of-updating-the-ancient-w... Alongside this she is currently finishing her MSc Environmental Science with her main interests being conservation and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). After hours she enjoys being outside exploring the natural world either by foot or paddle board, getting involved with volunteering and cross-stitching or baking on the rainy days.

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Emma Aldous, Communications Officer

A smiling Emma standing in a field with a row of trees behind her

We are delighted that Emma has joined us as Communications Officer. In this newly created position, she will be responsible for looking after our website and social media, providing support to our website users, revitalising the SBIS newsletter and plenty more! Emma has had a varied and unconventional career before joining us, with roles in print, design and publishing and detours that include seven years running a smallholding and goat micro-dairy. Her experience in designing and creating newsletters and magazines will be a welcome addition to the team. If you have articles or stories for the next newsletter or need help with using the website, please contact Emma on [email protected]. When not working she also enjoys exploring the countryside around her local network of footpaths, Suffolk’s long shingle beaches and estuary paths with their tidal mudflats and calling curlews. On rainy days she can be found crocheting blankets for friends and family.

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