Penny is Knepp’s resident ecologist, guiding Knepp Safaris and co-ordinating the biological monitoring of the rewilding project. She studied countryside management at Brinsbury College and went on to work with the National Trust, the Sussex Wildlife Trust and then the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre.
Penny is passionate about biological recording, and loves to enthuse others with wildlife-watching. In her spare time she’s moth trapping, bird-watching, trail running, and volunteering with the RSPB’s Sussex Stone Curlew Project.
Penny sits on various committees including Butterfly Conservation’s Sussex branch, the Sussex Mammal Group, the Sussex Dragonfly Group and the Sussex Moth Group.
"I am absolutely delighted to be part of the Knepp re-wilding project - a leading light in the UK’s landscape scale conservation movement. There is so much wildlife here for people to come and enjoy, from butterflies to birds and ancient trees to beetles, all with an uninterrupted backdrop of the beautiful surrounding landscape. My favourite place is up on a tree platform looking out over the landscape at sunset, spotting long-horn cattle or herds of deer grazing nearby with the song of the nightingale filling the air around me. Perfection!"