Dr Leah Kelly

Conservation Scientist

Background

Much of my research to date has focused on upland breeding waders such as Curlew, and involved conducting surveys and experiments to help identify causes of population decline and develop conservation solutions.

At the RSPB, I now work as a Conservation Scientist in the Monitoring section, coordinating and supporting national bird surveys throughout the UK including the National Capercaillie Survey 2021/22 and the Beached Bird Survey.

Monitoring work such as this is crucial for highlighting problems and assessing whether current conservation interventions are effective. As part of my role, I also support our policy colleagues, helping to put research findings into action on the ground.

I am the RSPB representative on the BTO/RSPB/JNCC Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) steering group.

External Activities

  • 2021 to present: RSPB representative on the BTO/RSPB/JNCC Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) steering group.

Contact

Dr Leah Kelly

Conservation Scientist

RSPB Scotland Headquarters, 2 Lochside View, Edinburgh Park, Edinburgh, EH12 9DH

leah.kelly@rspb.org.uk

@LeahAKelly

Specialisms

Agriculture Identifying problems Protected areas UK species Upland