Karen Devenney

Ecologist
Karen Devenney

Karen has around 15 years experience as a professional ecologist. She has worked for both Northumberland Wildlife Trust and Durham Wildlife Trust so knows the wildlife across this region well. She is a riparian mammal expert, having worked as both a Water Vole Project Officer and an Otter Project Officer for Durham Wildlife Trust.

Her main interest is definitely mammals, and she has held her licence to handle bats and enter their roosts for 8 years. Karen has extensive experience in showing wildlife to the public; from pond dipping with children and leading guided walks on plants and trees when she worked as a Newcastle Council Ranger, to leading bat walks and water vole watching events when she worked at Durham Wildlife Trust.

She has even been interviewed as a feature piece on otters on the “The One Show” with presenter Mike Dilger helping her to build an otter holt. Karen’s favourite place is definitely the spectacular Northumberland coastline around Bamburgh and Seahouses, which includes the amazing Farne Islands. However, her time spent on Mull is also incredibly special to her due to the shear wealth of wildlife on display there.