Wild Capital programmes are designed and delivered by qualified zoologist and experienced nature guide Brenna Boyle. Brenna has long had a passion for natural history; her earliest memory is digging around in the compost heap looking for worms and woodlice.
She read Zoology at Durham University, then obtained a Masters degree in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation from Imperial College. Brenna’s academic background has provided strong ecological knowledge, but it has been work in the field which has really excited her. Seven years fieldwork has ranged from surveying Great Crested Newts in Essex to Nile Crocodiles in Namibia.
For three years Brenna was a Ranger at Aigas Field Centre, attaining the position of Field Officer; responsible for the delivery of wildlife programmes in the field. She guided groups of visiting adults and school children through the magnificent Scottish Highlands, observing and discussing wildlife.
Brenna made the difficult decision to leave Scotland for London, attracted by the exciting prospect of helping Londons residents and visitors connect with city wildlife. Five years ago she first began leading groups of school children in explorations of the River Thames, with the Thames Explorer Trust. She returned to this as a freelance teacher in 2012 and also works as Learning Deliverer for the Creekside Education Trust.
It was the great diversity of life associated with the Thames that led to a desire to raise the profile of London’s wildlife, and prompted the creation of Wild Capital in 2013.
Brenna Boyle is a qualified first aider, trained by the British Association of Ski Patrollers in Outdoor First Aid. She is an environmental teacher with ten years experience in education and is Disclosure and Barring Service checked.
Environmental communication is key to generating interest in wider audiences. Brenna writes nature articles for Get West London, an online newspaper. She has appeared on national television and radio:
- Summer 2011: National Geographic television demonstration (beaver skull mechanics)
- November 2012: BBC Autumnwatch Unsprung television appearance (Chris Packham’s quiz team)
- November 2012: BBC Autumnwatch Red Button live television and internet commentary (on live wildlife footage and answering questions from the public)
- November 2012: BBC Scotland radio interview (the science behind autumn colours)
- October 2015: ITV London report on London rivers
Brenna is an author on a published scientific paper: Aust, P., Boyle, B., Fergusson, R., and Coulson, T. (2009) The impact of Nile crocodiles on rural livelihoods in North Eastern Namibia. South African Journal of Wildlife Research. Vol:39, Pages:57-69.