Jon Mercer

Jon is an experienced naturalist with an honours degree in zoology from Royal Holloway College, University of London and a PhD in Animal Genetics from Edinburgh University. After working for many years in the livestock industry, including a period running a masters course in Animal Genetics at the University of Edinburgh, he latterly developed and ran the Scottish Borders Biological Records Centre. Jon was actively involved in the local recorders’ group and has also been an RSPB group leader. Currently treasurer of the Lochaber Natural History Society and a director of the Lochaber Geopark, he is also involved in the Lochaber Local Biodiversity Action Plan group. Jon has a wide range of natural history interests, including birds, mammals, butterflies and moths, plants and wildlife recording.

Angela Mercer

Angela has an honours degree in biological sciences from the University of Edinburgh. After a spell at York University she worked for the Cranedale Centre in the Yorkshire Wolds running environmental courses for school and university groups. After we moved up permanently to Scotland in 1995, she and a friend set up the acclaimed and successful Flat Cat Gallery in Lauder. Angela has a keen interest in woods and trees and has been very involved in community woodlands and helped form the Community Woodlands Association. She was also on the South Scotland Regional Forum of the Forestry Commission. Currently Angela is a director of Wild Scotland, promoting wildlife and adventure tourism in Scotland. Angela has been busy brushing up her seashore identification skills and has a particular interest in marine life.


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