New Invasive Species Co-ordinator, Estée Farrar starts with the River Dee Trust

March 20, 2019

Estée Farrar

Invasive Species Co-ordinator

I would like to introduce myself, now that I have officially started at the River Dee Trust as the Invasive Species Co-ordinator, replacing Calum Hislop in the role.  I am really looking forward to working with everyone over the next eighteen months. 

Within this role I will be splitting my time between working on:

  • The NENNIS (North East Non-Native Invasive Species) Project, in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council, working across north east Scotland to identify and control problematic invasive plant species; and
  • SISI (Scottish Invasive Species Initiative) focusing on controlling the three invasive plant species Giant Hogweed, Japanese Knotweed, Himalayan Balsam and American Mink in the Dee, Don, Cowie and Carron Catchments. 

I will endeavour to catch up with as many of you as possible over the next little while, however, please find my details attached. Please send all correspondence for Calum to me and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.  

Please contact me by email on invasivecoordinator@riverdee.org or by phone on 07769 314130 or 01339 880411

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As a bit of background to who I am and my experience, here’s a summary: 

I have a personal and professional interest in riparian restoration, invasive species management, natural flood management, water quality improvement, effective catchment management and building better climate resilience.

I studied BSc(Hons) Geology at the University of Manchester and MSc Hydrogeology at University College, London.  My career has enabled me to develop extensive experience in environmental science; land management, access, invasive species control and restoration ecology. I have more than 15 years’ experience in conservation and environmental science roles in Britain and New Zealand, dedicated to protecting biodiversity, soils and water quality. I have worked with organisations including environmental consultancy (UK), NZ local government, Department of Conservation (NZ), the British Mountaineering Council, British Canoeing and New Zealand Alpine Club. 

Environmental degradation and biodiversity loss are key issues of concern to me; therefore, I have pursued a career actively protecting and restoring the environment. Initially working in contaminated land remediation and environmental hydrogeology on industrial sites in Britain; I subsequently moved to New Zealand and worked in hydrogeology in a predominantly agricultural sector. I developed a strong interest in the use of ecosystem services/ecological restoration to improve soil/water quality, whilst enhancing native biodiversity. My career transgressed into land management and restoration ecology (within local government), focusing on invasive species management, habitat protection and species restoration, to prevent soil loss, improve stream quality and protecting native biodiversity. I worked with numerous landowners and community groups on significant national programmes focusing on landscape/catchment scale conservation, biosecurity, agri-environment schemes, land management plans and covenants in line with delivering specific strategic objectives.

After returning to Britain, I recently worked as an environmental specialist on national access and environment programmes, undertaking project management and policy for both the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) and British Canoeing.

I have recently joined the team at the River Dee Trust as the Invasive Species Co-ordinator. I am looking forward to working in this beautiful area, with local communities, landowners and volunteers, to eradicate problem species to enhance and protect the environment, through effective and innovative conservation and invasive species management; improving indigenous biodiversity and habitat, safeguarding soil and water quality, whilst helping to create and working with a strong community of likeminded enthusiasts. Consequently, I am keen to be actively involved in improving and managing essential and effective conservation, with long-term environmental and social benefits.

I look forward to working with the River Dee Trust and with you - and hopefully meeting and working with you over the next few months. 

Please contact me by email on invasivecoordinator@riverdee.org or by phone on 07769 314130 or 01339 880411