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Verity West (Founder, Trustee & Chair)

Having lived in Marlow her whole life, Verity is passionate about the local wildlife. Her home is in Little Marlow, close to Spade Oak Nature Reserve, which she visits regularly. Working for local organisation BBOWT (Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust), Verity is properly immersed in nature. She loves being outdoors, all creatures (except spiders!), the peace and quiet of nature, and making her garden wildlife-friendly.

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Trevor Farnfield (Trustee & Vice-Chair)

Trevor’s favourite local wildlife areas are Quarry Wood/Cock Marsh and Heath/Homefield Woods. He’s lived near Marlow Lock for around ten years and joined Wild Marlow to encourage others, particularly children, to enjoy and engage with their local wildlife and habitats. A keen advocate of the Wild Marlow Gardens Campaign, Trevor is proud of his own Gold Standard garden. A lover of hedgehogs and kingfishers, Trevor enjoys long walks in the Marlow area. Before retiring, he worked as an environmental/sustainability engineer in the construction industry.

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Nick Horslen (Trustee & Treasurer)

Having lived in the Marlow area for over twenty years, Nick loves the connection with nature on his doorstep and walks regularly with his family in Marlow Common, Homefield Woods and along the river. A lover of birds and amphibians, Nick supports the Henley Toad Patrol at the annual migration across the main road. Nick is a Chair of Governors for a primary school in Totteridge and Enterprise Advisor to secondary school in Bourne End, helping young people plan their career development goals. Through his career in science and technology and owning and running a retail pharmacy with his wife, Nick is very conscious of the needs of local communities and their links with the planet and the environment in terms of health and education.

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Sarah Foot (Trustee & Secretary)

An ecologist by profession, Sarah is keen to help spread awareness of the amazing wildlife in the area and to be involved in projects to protect nature. She enjoys bird ringing and environmental campaigns such as Plastic Free Maidenhead. One of her favourite nature walks is the River Thames stretch between Bourne End and Marlow.

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Susanna Beard (Trustee)

Author Susanna has lived in central Marlow for over ten years and enjoys exploring the surrounding countryside with her dogs. Despite this, she has yet to spot her favourite British wild animal, the weasel, in the Marlow area. Before becoming a full-time writer, Susanna enjoyed a long career in marketing, running her own PR agency in Marlow and Henley. When she isn’t writing her next psychological thriller, she enjoys tennis, swimming, books and walking.

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Martin Robinson (Trustee)

Martin joined Wild Marlow to help protect the area’s precious local wildlife. He has lived in the area for over ten years and enjoys visiting Homefield Wood when he’s out and about. In the summer months Martin carries out butterfly population surveys for Butterfly Conservation and BBOWT. He also works with some local landowners in helping to create and maintain butterfly-friendly environments that fit in with their land use. Before retiring, Martin was the director and co-founder of a business consultancy specialising in the clinical research sector.

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Ann Pitwell (Membership)

As well as her garden, Ann loves Homefield Wood, especially when the orchids are out. Having lived in Marlow for 29 years, she cares deeply about the local wildlife and is concerned about the widespread decline in animal numbers. Through Wild Marlow she’s enjoying meeting like-minded people and increasing her knowledge of wildlife locally. She takes a keen interest in birds, butterflies and sustainability. Before she retired, Ann worked for a number of organisations in the manufacturing and services sectors

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Catherine Day (Volunteer)

Catherine has recently arrived in central Marlow from West London. She and her partner Jon have created wildlife areas in their new garden, with long grasses and wild flowers attracting the damselflies. Formerly a reference book desk editor, Catherine is passionate about swifts and other wildlife. She’s an RSPB Swift Volunteer, Swift Conservation volunteer and a member of the Swifts Local Network, and is looking forward to helping to conserve Marlow’s swift population. She also enjoys photography.

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Helen Fensome (Volunteer)

During her eight years living in the area, Helen has enjoyed the best wildlife experiences around Munces Wood and Kimber’s Copse. As a primary school teacher, Helen is heavily involved in Forest School activities, and joined Wild Marlow out of love of nature and concern for the environment. As well as walking and swimming, she loves hedgehogs, rabbit rescue and generally anything nature-related.

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Natasha Somers (Volunteer)

Natasha’s family has lived in Marlow for over 65 years, and she is passionate about nature. She joined Wild Marlow because she believes the everyday destruction of eco-systems is a huge motivator to help educate herself and others. Tash, an artist, lists her main interests as rewilding, food growing and learning about nature. The Mundaydean area is her favourite local wildlife place.