Penny is Knepp’s resident ecologist, managing the Knepp Safaris team, volunteers and research students, and co-ordinating the biological monitoring of the rewilding project. She studied countryside management at Brinsbury College and went on to work with the National Trust, the Sussex Wildlife Trust and then the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre.
Penny is passionate about biological recording, and loves to enthuse others with wildlife-watching. In her spare time, she’s having adventures moth trapping and bird-ringing, and loves to do a bit of trail running.
She sits on various committees including the Sussex Mammal Group, the Sussex Dragonfly Group, the Sussex Moth Group and the Sussex Committee for Biological Recording.
"I am absolutely delighted to be part of the Knepp rewilding project -a leading light in the UK’s landscape scale conservation movement. There is so much wildlife here for people to come and enjoy, from butterflies to birds and ancient trees to beetles, all with an uninterrupted backdrop of the beautiful surrounding landscape. My favourite place is up on a tree platform looking out over the landscape at sunset, spotting longhorn cattle or herds of deer grazing nearby with the song of the nightingale filling the air around me. Perfection!"