Meet the Trustees

The WWRG Trustees can be contacted via the form on the Contact the WWRG Trustees page.

Sam Franks (Chair)

I have been coming to The Wash since
2013

My day job is
Senior Research Ecologist at BTO

I’m based in
Suffolk

Describe The Wash in three words…
Wader spectacle extraordinaire!

Most memorable Wash catch … Still probably my first ever mist-netting night on Terrington Marsh. The high tide was much higher than expected due to weather conditions, and we ended up to our knees or higher in sea water trying to find our way off a completely flooded marsh – on a March weekend when it snowed!

When I’m not catching waders, I’m… mum to a little girl (who came to The Wash at -1 day, 1 month, 2 months, 3 months, etc….you get the picture); photographing; birding; cycling; building a house.

If you are coming first time? Bring waders (the rubber welly kind that come up to your hips) if you have them – see ‘Most memorable Wash catch’ above – if Nigel says ‘you won’t need waders, wellies and waterproof trousers will do’ – don’t believe him! Ask questions and introduce yourself – everyone is incredibly friendly and keen to welcome newcomers!

Katharine Bowgen (Vice-Chair)

I have been coming to The Wash since
2009

My day job is
Research Ecologist for BTO Cymru

I’m based in
Norfolk

Describe The Wash in three words…
Sociable, exciting and birdy

The most enjoyable thing about the Wash is… the friendly team feeling of working together to learn more about birds and the Wash itself – the vastness of the mudflats that support more birds than you can easily imagine!

When I’m not catching waders, I’m… playing the clarinet or flute in orchestras and concert bands.

When I come to the Wash I bring… a Buff – such a useful bit of small kit!

Kirsty Turner (Treasurer)

I have been coming to The Wash since
2004

My day job is
Semi-retired physics teacher

I’m based in
Norfolk

Describe The Wash in three words…
Tiring, exhilarating, smelly

Most memorable Wash catch… Oooh, too many to mention, most are memorable for some reason or another. A couple that stand out for were: on the Inner Bund, falling asleep under the covering material to such an extent that when we fired I could hardly move to run and sitting in the hide on Wainfleet Island when a Merlin landed on us.

When I’m not catching waders, I’m… cold water swimming, gardening, cooking, walking my mad labradoodle, looking after my kids.

The most enjoyable thing about the Wash is: Working together with like minded people with a common aim. I like the buzz of trips with different people – this can make it seem chaotic, but it’s an organised chaos.

Guy Anderson

I have been coming to The Wash since
mid-2000s

My day job is
Managing a migratory bird conservation programme for RSPB

I’m based in
Bedfordshire

Describe The Wash in three words…
World class waders

My favourite wader is: the one that I am privileged enough to be holding

The most enjoyable thing about the Wash is: knowing that the data being collected are super useful for wader monitoring and therefore their conservation.

When I’m not catching waders, I’m: catching, counting or just appreciating other birds, with occasional forays into other taxonomic groups. And eating cake.

Phil Atkinson

Mark Smart