Karen joined Scottish Land & Estates from Scottish Natural Heritage where she was involved in ensuring the positive management of areas designated for their habitats, species and geological interest. Prior to this, Karen worked on the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels Project where she developed landowner and volunteer engagement to protect red squirrels.
Karen leads on Scottish Land & Estates day to day work on conservation, wildlife management and species reintroductions. Her role involves identifying and developing key policy challenges and opportunities, producing policy briefings and technical guidance and providing advice to members.
If you were a Scottish animal, which would you be and why?
A red squirrel. It’s a native species and everyone loves a red squirrel! (including SLE members!). They are curious natured animals, who seem to get endless fun from eating and running about the place – a bit like me!
What do very few people know about you?
I lived in the Mauritian Forest for two years with Pink Pigeons as my neighbours.
Which three words best describe your outlook on life?
Optimistic, fun and curious.
If you were a game bird, which would you be and why?
A ptarmigan. They are beautiful endemic birds and they live in the mountains away from people – my ideal!