Darren started as Head Ranger with the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust in January 2015, with a wealth of experience in the conservation sector, Darren puts his knowledge to good use within our small Island charity.

I began my career in conservation in 1993 as a volunteer, working for Gloucestershire Wildlife Management Ltd, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust’s consultancy, carrying out a variety of land management tasks on Trust nature reserves.  This time provided me with a lot of experience with the land management techniques used across a wide variety of habitats I developed skills in building countryside furniture and helped to hone the many practical skills these practices required. Within two years I was fortunate enough to be offered the position of Estate Team leader and was put in charge of the Estate Team.  This enabled me to expand my experience carrying out management planning, contract management and pricing along with teaching and supervising skills.

In 2000 I left Gloucestershire Wildlife Management to Join Middlemarch Environmental Ltd, Warwickshire Wildlife Trusts consultancy to become their Estate Team Manager.  Here my project management and habitat management skills developed, as the work focused particularly on habitat creation and species translocation projects for many private businesses, including large utility companies and developers, alongside nature reserve management for Warwickshire Wildlife Trust.

In 2003 I took the opportunity with the skills I had developed and the contacts that I had made to start up my own business.  Operating from the Cotswolds my small team worked nationally carrying out a wide variety of land management projects for several conservation NGO’s including the Wildlife Trusts, Natural England and the National Trust and habitat creation, species translocation projects for businesses such as Severn Trent Water, The Environment Agency, North Wales Police, EON and British Nuclear Fuels.

After a short career break I joined the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust team as their Head Ranger. 

The best thing about my current role is the huge variety of work that I am involved in; from survey and monitoring the islands rare plant species, or using call back tapes to monitor the number of our European Storm Petrels on our uninhabited islands, or helping local residents with bat surveys every day is different and rewarding.

I love: Being outdoors and being around nature.  I am a keen birdwatcher and have just got my teeth into lichens, which the islands are blessed with (over 500 species), which should keep me busy.

 I hate: Being stuck behind the desk too long

 My favourite place in Scilly: Oohh difficult!  For views it has to be sitting on the top of Great Hill on Tean can’t get better with a flask of tea and your sandwiches.  For wildlife....lucky to be able to be one of only a handful of people to travel to Annet SSSI annually to be amongst our breeding seabirds and the carpet of Thrift.  Or, Wingletang SSSI on St Agnes, just for the lichens and floral diversity....but I could go on!

 The animal I would most like to see in the wild: Mountain Gorillas; a fascinating species, with so much in common with us