Dr Linda Wilson

Senior Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science


I joined RSPB in 2016 and work across a selection of marine research projects, including a LIFE+ project to improve the conservation status of little terns and using tracking data to gain unique insights into how seabirds use their marine environment to inform management solutions. I am particularly interested to work at the science-policy interface, developing and translating scientific outputs within a policy context through to applied conservation action.

I manage two Conservation Scientists, Sarah Davis and Ellie Owen.

I am experienced in seabird fieldwork and research, both at breeding colonies and in the marine environment, as well as project management, contract management and reporting.

Prior to joining RSPB, I worked as a seabird ecologist at JNCC for more than 10 years, studying marine distributions of seabirds in the context of identifying marine Special Protection Areas and improving our understanding of the risk of exposure of seabirds to threats in the marine environment. I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work at many of the UK's spectacular seabird colonies.

External Activities

  • 2014 to present: Member of the ICES/HELCOM/OSPAR Joint Working Group on Seabirds
  • 2006 to present: Pacific Seabird Group Executive Committee, (2006 - 2012: Europe/North Africa representative)
  • 2002 to present: Seabird Group Executive Committee (2009 - 2012: Secretary, 2007 - 2009: Publishing Editor, 2002 - 2006: Member)


Linda Wilson

Dr Linda Wilson

Senior Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science

The Lodge, Potton Road, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 2DL



Marine Protected areas UK species