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Leah is a PhD student at the University of Sheffield and will be undertaking an applied research project assessing the different mechanisms causing upland wader population declines in the South West Peak. This work will feed into the Working for Waders project, providing information to help develop management plans for the South West Peak wader populations, primarily curlew, snipe, and lapwing.
Leah has a strong interest in conservation, having completed BSc Biology and MRes Biodiversity and Conservation degrees at the University of Leeds. In particular, she has developed a love of waders after studying lapwing in the Avon Valley with the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, and curlew at the RSPB West Sedgemoor reserve in Somerset. In her spare time, Leah enjoys hiking and bird-watching (and being in the great outdoors in general), reading, baking, and swing dancing (very good for letting off steam after a stressful day!).