Sarah was a Conservation Officer with UKOTCF from October 2014 to June 2017, and very much enjoyed learning about the conservation work in the UK’s Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies. During that time, Sarah was part of the conference team for UKOTCF’s Sustaining Partnerships conservation conference held in Gibraltar. She also helped to draft a submission to an Environmental Audit Committee inquiry and worked on a review of Territories’ progress towards Commitments listed under the Environment Charters and under various international conventions. As Secretary of the Southern Oceans Working Group, and standing in temporarily as Secretary of the Europe Territories Working Group, Sarah has been involved with writing newsletters, organising meetings, and acting as the first point of contact for these networks. She has worked also towards the development of Virtual Tours for Ascension Island, Jersey, and Alderney.

In May 2016, Sarah visited Montserrat for the first time, where she was involved with the setting up of a Darwin Plus-part-funded project. In 2016, she attended the Inter-Islands Environment Meeting in Guernsey. It was great to hear about all of the projects in the Crown Dependencies – from new Protected Area designations, to the many environmental education opportunities available to students. She also had the opportunity to visit Herm Island and the newly designated Ramsar Site. More recently, Sarah helped provide support for the 2017 Environment Ministers’ meeting in Alderney.

Sarah has now left to complete a PhD at the University of East Anglia which will be looking at improving pollinator habitats in farming landscapes. However, she will definitely be keeping in contact with UKOTCF and all of the work going on in the Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies.