David Higgins

Tees Swale Project Officer

Dave has worked with different river trusts since 2007 coupled with periods working abroad on conservation schemes and as a wildlife guide. He was lucky enough to work on St Helena Island when the island was going through large-scale change with the development of the island’s first, and only, airport.

Dave gained a degree from the University of York in Environment, Economics and Ecology before pursuing a PhD with Durham University exploring land management impacts on the River Ure. He has worked on several catchment schemes in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Nidderdale AONB and the North Pennines AONB. More recently he has been employed on peatland conservation schemes and projects that aim to reduce diffuse heavy metal pollution from the old metal mines found throughout the Pennines.

Outside of work Dave pursues wildlife photography. He has had images published in national newspapers, magazines and wildlife guidebooks as well as being placed in several competitions. Last year he was nominated for a British Photography Award, Highly Commended in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards and a finalist in the BBC Countryfile Calendar competition. His image ‘Waxwing Lyrical’ is in this year’s calendar and his image ‘Dark Horse’ was in the 2017 calendar.