Gwen Potter

Countryside Manager for National Trust on the Northumberland Coast

When it comes to the great outdoors Gwen Potter loves variety. Her career has seen her living on a windswept island in the Bristol Channel; abseiling, climbing and teaching archery in Norfolk and chasing ‘dancing, insane birds’ (black grouse) in Scotland.

Now she spends her time in mid and SE Wales putting her Wildlife Conservation and Management MSc to good use. With areas of expertise that include insects and minibeasts, birdsong and upland Gwen is ideally placed to care for her patch.

Gwen’s educational experience also helps as she shares her enthusiasm with volunteers and visitors of all ages.

She’s certainly well-travelled in the UK: 'I’ve lived in eleven different places in the last decade, across England, Scotland and Wales' she says 'but my favourite Trust place is right here in Wales - the coast from Newquay to Cwm Tydu. It’s intimate and huge at the same time, with endless variety, buzzing with life in the summer and then in winter you can almost hear all the wildlife sleeping and trees resting.'