Sarah Bird

Biodiversity Officer

  • Qualifications B.Sc. M.Sc.

I joined Chester Zoo in 2000 in the Horticulture and Botany team, having previously worked at the World Museum Liverpool in the Botany Department and herbarium there.

I enthusiastically threw myself into a range of projects here and became particularly involved in local wildlife conservation – especially black poplars and harvest mice. This lead to the development of the Biodiversity Officer post, in the Field Programmes team, and the role has grown with me since then (2003).

As Biodiversity Officer I am responsible for developing conservation opportunities for the zoo with UK species and habitats. These are opportunities where our skills, expertise, facilities, equipment and funding can have a really positive impact for local wildlife.

My qualifications include a Biology degree and masters in Countryside Management.

In 2016 the area covered by this role has expanded to include Europe – an exciting new challenge!

The wildlife we have in the UK is fascinating and diverse, and it is our heritage and our responsibility. It faces the same serious problems that threaten biodiversity across the world. Conservation must start at home in our back gardens, parks, cities and open spaces.