Dr Kathy Velander

Team Role: Director of the Centre for Ecotourism and Wildlife Management and the Institute for Science and Health Innovation
Dr Kathy Velander
Dr Kathy Velander
What is your area of expertise in the field of conservation? Ecotourism / nature based tourism development particularly related to community involvement and development
Wildlife guiding
Ecology – survey skills (plants and animals), habitat management

What are the key issues you are engaged with at the moment? Community based nature tourism development, wildlife guiding, Questionnaire studies of communities and events

What could people in the outdoors do to protect and minimize their impact on the type of habitats you focus on? Plan their developments based on the requirements of the local people as well as the tourists, ensure they have adequate funding and are aware of the potential social and environmental impacts any development might have rather than thinking tourism is easy money

How and why did you become involved with EOCA? I was referred by a colleague, am impressed by the work carried out by the organisation and am delighted to be involved.

Favourite outdoor activity: Walking

Favourite wild place: The north coast of Scotland

Perfect outdoor day: A walk by the sea or a Highland lake on a crisp autumn day

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“The excitement we felt at hearing we had been awarded EOCA funding for the Fix the Fells project has now been matched by our excitement at seeing the completion of the vital path repair works to two of our most stunning Lakeland fells; Scafell Pike and Striding Edge on Helvellyn. Thanks to the money generously given by EOCA these two popular routes are now fighting fit for the future.”

Ruth Kirk, Nurture Lakeland