Meet the team

Bristol Nature Network is run by a fantastic team of volunteers. Take a look below to see who’s who and find the right person to contact.

For all general enquiries please email

Gemma Windle – ChairFor BNN Website

I’m Gem, and I’m the new Chair of Bristol Nature Network! I’ve been on the committee since the inception of BNN in 2014, starting with coordinating volunteering opportunities, and then onto organising events. I hope to continue the development of this fab little organisation, reaching more young people in Bristol and doing more for nature!

When I’m not doing all things BNN I work for TREE AID, and international development charity, where I look after their supporter database. I also volunteer on the RSPB Schools Outreach program, going into nurseries and primary schools helping children have a connection with nature.

I’ve always been obsessed with the natural world, and I have a degree in Zoology & Psychology from the University of Bristol.

Leah Costello – Events Coordinator

My name is Leah and I look after events at BNN. I joined the committee as University of Bristol Representative in November 2016 and since then have been involved in putting on events and collaborations and spreading the word about the BNN!

I graduated from University of Bristol in July 2017 with a First class degree in Zoology BSc, and am currently studying a Masters in Research, working in Vision and Camouflage, where I will be testing principles of disruptive camouflage using artificial moths in Leigh Woods.

My favourite areas of nature include ethology, ecology, conservation, and sensory ecology with a focus on vision and camouflage. I love to be in nature and around animals in general. I hope to build a career based around the world, working in conservation and pioneering research.

Felicia Burkland – SecretaryFelicia

Hello! My name is Felicia and I’m currently the secretary of Bristol Nature Network!

I am right now in the process of finishing up my research masters degree at the University of Bristol, and previously did my BSc in Biology here as well. I originally moved to the UK as a student, and I’m very glad I chose the nature-loving Bristol as my home!

I’ve been a huge nature nerd my whole life, and although my love of nature began before I moved to the UK, I am really enjoying learning more about local wildlife here! My main passion is for conservation and the development of sustainable lifestyles for people and nature all around the world, and I’m hoping to begin a career in this field as soon as possible!

I love working with animals and wildlife and could talk zoology all day long, but I adore plants of all kinds as well, even if my botany knowledge is not as sharp! 🙂

Rosie O’Leary – University of Bristol Representative Rosie

I’m Rosie, I’ve been studying Biology for almost 4 years at the University of Bristol (UoB) and will soon be a Master of Science! I love animals and have discovered a strong passion for plants during my time at university, which I hope to follow in my work after graduating.

As the UoB Representative, my role focuses on promoting the BNN, engaging students with opportunities and events around Bristol and planning future collaborative events.

Aisa Irvine – Allotment Coordinator

Hello! My name is Aisa and I’m the Allotment Coordinator. I keep things growing at the allotment and try to involve as many BNN members as possible in the process. There are hits and misses but I’m enjoying trying to combine food production for us and for the bees. When I’m not at the allotment, I work as an ecological consultant for ADAS. I’m particularly into plants also but have a major soft spot for small mammals.









Evie White – UWE Representative

Hello, I’ve been studying Wildlife Conservation for 4 years at the University of the West of England (UWE) and I’m currently studying to be a Master of Science. During my studies I have developed a passion for communication and enterprise conservation. I believe that conservation is ultimately a collaborative effort and I love how the BNN gives people a platform to create a community in a city environment!


As the UWE Representative, my role focuses on  promoting the BNN, engaging students with opportunities and events around Bristol and planning future collaborative events.







Rosie Maple – Avon Wildlife Representative

My name is Rosie and I am the Avon Wildlife Trust representative at BNN. I first began working for Avon Wildlife Trust three years ago as a conservation assistant and have been lucky enough to work alongside and learn from some of Bristol’s most experienced and knowledgeable conservationists.

BNN pic_previewMy remit now includes management of some of the trust’s nature reserves, leading volunteer work parties and helping to deliver projects like B-Lines: ( which aims to assist local landowners in managing their land for important wildflowers and pollinating insect communities.


I am a lover of botany and more specifically, plant community ecology. I prefer to operate at the habitat and landscape scale as opposed to species level. My favourite habitats to work in are calcareous grassland (e.g. Dolebury Warren) and mixed deciduous woodland (e.g. Weston Big Wood and Priors Wood).



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Stu Payton -BNHC Representative

Hello, I’ve been on the BNN committee for 2 years in various roles. Including my currentone of Bristol Natural History Consortium Representative.

For the past year I’ve worked for BNHC as a project assistant, helping deliver their programmes across the Bristol and Bath region (Festival of Nature, City Nature Challenge, BioBlitz) . Both BNN and BNHC have a focus on collaborative action for nature in and around Bristol, and this is something I’m very interested in.

I love nature and Bristol’s strong community of interested (young) people passionate about the natural world.

 Nina Davies – Communications Coordinator 

picciI’m Nina and I’m the communications coordinator of Bristol Nature Network! I’m currently studying Zoology at the University of Bristol and am now in  my fourth and final year. My roles at BNN involve running the groups social media and blog content as well as writing our monthly newsletters.

I am from Wales and spent much of my childhood by the coast, spending a lot of my time outdoors! Forming a close bond with nature from a young age was what drove me to study Zoology at University. However, my passion for wildlife did not truly blossom until I began my studies and became exposed to new subject areas which I hadn’t previously explored at school. After four years, my university projects have tended to levitate towards animal behaviour, however more recently I’ve have a new found love for insects… the order Hymenoptera being my favourite!