Expanded conservation role for Karen Sutton as she takes charge of portfolio of sites

Congratulations to Crossness Nature Reserve manager Karen Sutton who has been promoted to Biodiversity Team Manager at Thames Water. There will be a huge sigh of relief locally to hear the news that she will still be managing Crossness Nature Reserve, so this step up won’t directly affect the current management or communication lines relating to Crossness.

Karen Sutton (pictured with David 'The Urban Birder' Liondo) at Crossness earlier this year) has been promoted to Biodiversity Team Manager at Thames Water, putting her in charge of a portfolio of sites. (photo: Brenda Todd)

Karen Sutton (pictured with David ‘The Urban Birder’ Lindo at Crossness earlier this year) has been promoted to Biodiversity Team Manager at Thames Water, putting her in charge of a portfolio of conservation sites. (photo: Brenda Todd)

Karen will now be managing a team of four (Thames Water’s other Nature Reserve Managers at Kempton, Hogsmill and Beckton, as well as a Biodiversity Field Officer that Thames Water is currently recruiting internally). This will at some point increase by a further two sites: Molesy and Creekside.

Karen will still be managing, and based at, Crossness, so nothing will really change from the Friend’s point-of-view. She will still be running the events, the volunteer days etc, but will have increased managerial responsibilities.

Karen said ‘Whilst I am not going anywhere, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Friends. This is an amazing group, and Crossness would not be the site that it is without the vast input from the Friends group. We have conservation task volunteers, volunteer wildlife surveyors, data inputters, members that submit fabulously detailed wildlife records, provide stunning site/wildlife photography, others that deliver community events, write newsletter articles; you just couldn’t ask for more from a group – thank you so very much. I look forward to continuing to work with you all.’

 

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