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    Garnock Connections

    Connecting people and places within the Landscape

Meet Our Team:

Alyson Hunter, Project Manager

Alyson Hunter, Project Manager:

As Project Manager for Garnock Connections Alyson’s role is to keep the ship running smoothly by promoting the project, supporting the team leading the 25 different projects across the landscape with our partners, communities and volunteers, celebrating successes and overcoming challenges, big and small, along the way. The scheme has an exciting array of projects covering access, habitat, community and knowledge, something for everyone to get involved, connected and sharing, whatever their interest.

Alyson has a background in practical conservation and volunteer management with a 14 year stint with The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) and short dabble in Countryside Rangering prior to joining the Garnock team early 2019. Having studied Zoology, and later Countryside Management, Alyson has travelled extensively in search of weird and wonderful wildlife and habitats she only saw in textbooks (pre internet degree!), although the elusive otter is still a mythical creature in her eyes until she finally gets to see one! Perhaps working as part of the Garnock Connections team will prove the otter isn’t mythical at all…

Simon McGrory, Project Officer:

Simon McGrory, Project Officer:

As Project Officer (Heritage), Simon works with local communities and partner organisations to facilitate the delivery of the cultural heritage projects in the Garnock Connections programme.

Simon has a broad range of experience in a variety of heritage roles including academic and commercial archaeology, museum curation, and heritage attraction management. Prior to joining Garnock Connections Simon worked on an historic farm spending part of his time as a 16th Century shepherd.

Ian McNab, Project Officer

Ian McNab, Project Officer:

As Project Officer, Ian works with local partners and communities to help deliver our projects pertaining to wildlife and nature.

Prior to joining the team, Ian worked in a variety of roles, where he encouraged people from all walks of life to get out and enjoy the natural world. He previously ran the RSPB’s community engagement work in Orkney and has enjoyed stints as a countryside ranger and woodland warden.

Mark Litwin, Finance Officer:

Mark Litwin, Finance Officer:

Mark is the Finance Officer for Garnock Connections and assists with the financial administration and reporting of the programme.

Having previously worked in the hospitality finance, legal, and multinational corporations, he brings a strong, supportive skillset to the team.

Emma Anderson, Wildlife Recording Assistant

Emma Anderson, Wildlife Recording Assistant:

As Wildlife Recording Assistant for Garnock Connections, Emma runs the Go Wild in Garnock project to inspire local communities to get involved in wildlife recording.

Emma gained experience in running events while involved with the RSPB Dolphinwatch Project in Aberdeen. Emma has also been involved in various wildlife recording schemes such as the National Bat Monitoring Programme and the Bumblebee Conservation Trust BeeWalk.

Gemma Woodford, Volunteer Engagement Assistant

Gemma Woodford, Volunteer Engagement Assistant:

As the Volunteer Engagement Assistant, it’s Gemma’s role to support current volunteer groups with running events, accruing more volunteers and promoting their work and achievements. Gemma will also look into areas throughout the Garnock Valley lacking volunteer groups, helping to advertise for volunteer participation within local communities, hoping to engage and inspire residents to get involved and to take pride in their local heritage. Gemma has a passion for conservation, and hopes to motivate others to connect with nature within her role at Garnock Connections.

Gemma’s background is in marine biology, gaining her honours degree in 2017. She has since worked for various marine conservation charities across the UK and Canada. Her roles involved community engagement, running events, guiding, managing volunteers and carrying out cetacean research.

Please click here to find out more about our current volunteering oppurtunities within the Garnock Connections project area.

You can find us here:

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07595 655 174

Garnock Connections,
RSPB Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve
Largs Road, Lochwinnoch,
Renfrewshire, PA12 4JF

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