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Yn GWCT Cymru mae 7 aelod o staff yn gweithio ar lawr gwlad yng Nghymru, ac wedi eu lleoli ar draws y wlad. 

Cysylltwch â hwy os oes gennych unrhyw gwestiynau! 

Lee Oliver

Interim Director, GWCT Wales

Born and brought up on the beautiful Llŷn Peninsula, North Wales, Lee is a first language Welsh speaker and comes from a farming community where his grandfather farmed sheep and beef. Lee lives with his family of three children and partner Alaw on the site of his grandfather’s farm in a house he built with his father.

Lee studied Environmental Risk Management at Cardiff UWIC. On graduating, he worked in boatbuilding and then spent time in South Africa working on cattle and game farms.

“Although I have shot all my life, my experiences in South Africa solidified my deep interest in conservation and game management. It also taught me the fundamentals of centrefire rifles and their use.”

On returning from South Africa, Lee began work with Keep Wales Tidy, with whom he worked for a total of 18 years.

“My work with KWT taught me the importance of working with volunteers to achieve conservation goals. Additionally, my work with schools also demonstrated that the same goals for conservation and environmental gain can be achieved much easier through educating the next generation.”

During his time with KWT, Lee was awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship. His studies and travel took him to New Zealand where he studied the control and management of invasive species.

“Many of the methodologies I studied and used in New Zealand I have been able to apply in my work in Wales. My hope is I can still use these within my role with GWCT.”

“Shooting, fishing and particularly deer stalking are an important part of my life. I was brought up to respect any quarry and shooting has always been about providing food for my family. Conservation and environmental management sits alongside this as another passion of mine.”

Rugby has also played a major role in Lee’s life, playing for 20 years for local, county and North Wales teams. Now retired from rugby, his other passions are surfing and spending time with his three children and partner.

Owen Williams

GWCT Wales Chair

Owen is a countryman, wildlife artist and writer living in Ceredigion. Being a long-time supporter of the GWCT and its evidence-based approach to land management, his interest in woodcock pushed him to set up the Woodcock Network to encourage more ringing and study of woodcock across the UK. Through this initiative he worked closely with Andrew Hoodless and the GWCT research team, sharing his data and assisting with ringing and tagging of woodcock in Wales for their Woodcock Watch project. He also designed and conducted a scoping study on woodcock and soil health on his ringing sites in West Wales.

It was this experience that gave him an acute understanding of how much effort goes into fieldwork, and the subsequent delivery of peer-reviewed science that convinced him to accept the role of GWCT Welsh Chairman and become a trustee in 2022.

Despite his responsibilities as Welsh Chairman, Owen continues to paint wildlife and ring woodcock, and is spending an increasing amount of time writing on countryside matters, having been asked to be a regular contributor to the online countryside writers platform Scribehound.

Julieanne Quinlan

Rheolwr Prosiect, Cysylltu Gylfinir Cymru

Wrth dyfu i fyny yn Iwerddon, cefais werthfawrogiad aruthrol o bob agwedd ar fyd natur gyda’i holl gymhlethdodau a gwyddwn fy mod eisiau dilyn gyrfa yn y maes. Ar ôl cyrraedd Cymru, dechreuais fy ngyrfa gan ganolbwyntio ar adferiad byd natur lleol o fewn rhanbarth Conwy. Canolbwyntiais fy ymdrechion gan gwmpasu amrywiaeth o brosiectau o greu dolydd, creu perllannau treftadaeth a phrosiect sy’n cefnogi’r Wennol Gyffredin ar y Rhestr Goch yn ddiweddar. 

Fel Rheolwr Prosiect ar gyfer Prosiect Curlew Connections, rwy’n ymdrechu i gael effaith gadarnhaol a dyfodol mwy gwydn i’r Gylfinir Ewrasiaidd yng Nghymru. 

Dechreuais fy ngyrfa yn Ne Affrica yn gweithio ar Atal Potsio a Rheoli Gwarchodfeydd cyn mynychu Prifysgol Bangor lle cwblheais fy ngradd BSc Sŵoleg gydag Ymddygiad Anifeiliaid. Roedd fy ymchwil yn canolbwyntio ar ddeall y symudiadau gêm mawr yn y biom a yrrir gan dân a elwir yn Fynbos yn y Western Cape. Dyma lle gwnes i ddyfnhau fy angerdd am Adareg a Botaneg. 

“Fy hoff beth am y Gylfinir yw’r arwyddocâd diwylliannol sydd gan yr aderyn ar draws Prydain ac Iwerddon. Mae gan bob cenedl ei henwau a’u mytholegau lleol unigryw eu hunain y tu ôl iddynt.” 

Katie Appleby

Curlew and People Officer, Curlew Connections

“I am from Shropshire in England. I spent six months this year working as a monitoring officer with the RSPB’s Curlew LIFE Project in Northern Ireland. Building experience and knowledge of the Eurasian curlew, spending all hours of the day with them learning their habitats and behaviors. Seeing the first nest and chicks was a real high point. To then watch them grow and fledge made me fall for them even more as a species. I am excited to continue to work with curlew, especially in Wales, and having the opportunity to work with the GWCT and partners to reverse the decline of this incredible species is a real honour. I am ready to get stuck in and hopefully increase the success in this area.”

Matthew Goodall

Head of Education and Advisor for Wales and NW England

Matt previously worked as an ecological consultant, biodiversity officer and game management lecturer. He joined the GWCT in July 2018 as an advisor and has played a vital role in building the GWCT’s profile in Wales, working on our Welsh projects and undertaking advisory visits, biodiversity assessments, training courses and talks across the country.

James Warrington

Swyddog Prosiectau, GWCT Cymru

“I have grown up in Shropshire and have always been interested in the outdoors and spent many a day walking, cycling and volunteering in the countryside. I am a graduate of Harper Adams University, with a BSc (Hons) in Countryside Management. Initially working for the MOD as a Wildlife and Habitat Consultant, I offered SME habitat and wildlife advice for six airfields. Most recently, I have worked for the GWCT Curlew Country Project in Shropshire as the Project Officer. This covered all aspects of curlew conservation, ranging from monitoring, headstarting, nest protection, habitat work and farmer liaison. In my spare time I work with a youth organisation, leading various activities including walking, climbing and DofE expeditions.

“I am now extremely excited to be joining GWCT Cymru as Projects Officer.”

Elin Thomas

Swyddog Amaethyddiaeth a Chadwraeth, GWCT Cymru

Rwyf wedi fy magu ar fferm yn Llannerch-y-medd, Ynys Môn. Mae’r fagwraeth a’r profiadau rwyf wedi derbyn o fewn y diwydiant amaeth yn arwain at fy mharch enfawr, bythol a diddiwedd tuag at y sector. Yn bendant, mae fy ngwreiddiau wedi dylanwadu a fy ysbrydoli i ddilyn nod gyrfa sydd ynghlwm ag amaeth. 

Rwy’n edrych ymlaen i gael y cyfle i gydweithio â ffermwyr Cymru a datblygu cymuned ffermio GWCT Cymru. Rwy’n gobeithio fydd hyn yn adnodd gwerthfawr i ffermwyr Cymru. 

Rwy’n raddedig o Brifysgol Bangor gyda gradd mewn Bioleg. Yn ganolbwynt i fy ngradd oedd fy niddordeb mewn gwyddoniaeth, natur, cadwraeth, ac wrth gwrs amaeth. Rwy’n ffodus iawn o fod wedi cael y cyfle i gyfuno fy angerdd am amaeth i mewn i fy astudiaethau. 

“Yn amlwg mae ffermio yn rhan fawr o fy mywyd, ac wedi fy amylchynu hefo cyfoeth o natur a bywyd gwyllt yma ym Môn, mae gweddill fy amser ychwanegol yn cael ei dreulio yn edymygu a gwerthfawrogi hyn.” 

Jazz Elms

Placement Student, GWCT Cymru

“My name is Jasper Elms. I was born and have grown up in North Wales. Having lived here all my life, I have developed a keen appreciation for its wildlife and natural landscapes. The rivers I enjoy swimming and kayaking in; the rocks are fun to climb; and the mountains are great for exercise. Growing up in the countryside, I am surrounded by wildlife. Every creature I see, from small voles to the great red kites, sparks happiness inside me and reminds me of my passion to protect their innocent lives. I am a second year Zoology with Conservation student studying at Bangor University, taking a loose approach to conservation and the many forms it comes in. I am willing to help nature in whatever way I can, and I am excited to work with the GWCT, with all their great researchers and staff. I am especially excited to start my conservation journey working with Welsh curlew.”

Maia Jayasyriya

Volunteer Communications Officer, GWCT Cymru