Ben Harris

Habitat Creation Coordinator

  • Qualifications Level 3 NVQ, MA, MSc
  • Focus area
    Places Populations
  • Location
    UK & Europe

A passion for UK wildlife has led me to seek a better understanding of the issues surrounding biodiversity, such as habitat loss and fragmentation of our landscape, and what we can do to address them. I completed my MSc in Biodiversity Conservation at Nottingham Trent University in 2019. My research project focused on estimating the population densities of mammal species, such as badgers and hedgehogs, across rural and urban habitats of England and Wales – this is a crucial first step in monitoring population health in these species.

I began my career in conservation as an Assistant Ranger at Lee Valley Park in London, I then went on to manage two green spaces in London as a Project Officer with The Conservation Volunteers (TCV). During this time I learned how to best manage land for conservation and how to survey for a variety of different species, developing a particular interest in UK reptiles. More recently I worked as a Project Officer for Froglife where I managed a citizen science project that trained community groups and landowners on reptile identification, ecology, and survey methods.

I joined Chester Zoo in 2021 as the Habitat Creation Coordinator for the Nature Recovery Corridor. In this role I create, enhance, and manage habitat for UK wildlife across the zoo estate in conjunction with local partners as part of a project funded by the DEFRA Green Recovery Challenge Fund. This exciting project will develop valuable habitats to improve wildlife connectivity and promote a rich ecosystem for biodiversity in our local area.