About us

Kane Brides – Research Officer

Kane joined the team in 2011 after previously working in different departments at WWT Martin Mere. His work in the monitoring team comprises National Organiser for the Icelandic-breeding Goose Census, assisting with overseeing WWT’s waterbird capture and marking work, assisting with fieldwork (particularly waterbird ringing and counts), processing and analysing data, and providing support to WWT’s Reserve Management team on monitoring protocols. He has 10 years experience in ringing birds, particularly wildfowl, and has travelled extensively to carry this out. Prior to joining WWT, Kane worked as a Field Assistant at an Ecological Consultancy. He has travelled to Iceland several times assisting the Icelandic Institute of Natural History with the collection of productivity data on waders & seabirds. He has also assisted in fitting tracking devices to several bird species including Whooper Swan, Puffin and Arctic Tern. When not at WWT, Kane enjoys travelling and ringing/researching his favourite bird species – the Coot!

Jonny Cooper – Monitoring Volunteer

During a year out from studying, Jonny initially began volunteering for WWT in the Reserve Management Unit helping to computerise historical biological records. Jonny’s role now involves entering bird ringing data and processing goose colour-mark sightings, and he has been using these data to study the moult migration of Greylag Geese within the UK. Being a qualified bird ringer, Jonny also helps with fieldwork and wildfowl catches.

Maurice Durham – Monitoring Volunteer

Maurice has a degree in mathematics and is now retired from a career working on the safety of nuclear power stations.  He started volunteering with the Monitoring team in 2007 through bird ringing – he has now held a ringing permit for over 30 years! Since that time his main role has been computerising historic ringing data, though he has also helped out with the ringing of wildfowl. Maurice has a long association with colleagues at Slimbridge through his ringing activities, particularly in organising the Constant Effort Ringing in Decoy Wood during the summer months – this is a national project organised by the BTO which feeds into the population monitoring of small birds.

Colette Hall – Senior Research Officer

Following her graduation from Dundee University, Colette volunteered at WWT Martin Mere, where she worked on the Centre’s grounds, along with helping Dr Eileen Rees on WWT’s swan studies by entering and analysing data.

Colette joined WWT’s Monitoring team at Slimbridge in 1999, working primarily as a member of the Wetland Bird Survey secretariat team. Since then, she has been involved in organising, reporting and data management for various large-scale surveys of waterbirds and national surveys of naturalised geese, Cormorant and Ruddy Duck. Colette has also been involved in WWT’s aerial surveys of waterbirds in UK inshore and offshore waters, both as a surveyor and in the planning and reporting process, and as a surveyor for aerial surveys of Greenland Barnacle Geese. One of Colette’s main roles is as Project Manager for WWT’s Goose & Swan Monitoring Programme (GSMP).