Meet the Team

To contact a member of our team, please see our contact details page


The NBIS team is: 

Lizzy Oddy (nee Carroll), Assistant Biodiversity Officer (Information), has been working at NBIS since April 2010, having previously completed an MSc in Applied Ecology and Conservation at UEA and worked for a year at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology at Monks Wood. After working for a year on a project focussing on improving and standardising the services that LRCs in the East of England provide to environmental consultants, Lizzy now responds to commercial data enquiries and works on various projects including GIS mapping and producing State of the Environment Reports. She is also responsible for updating the NBIS Facebook and Twitter pages.

Martin Horlock, Senior Biodiversity Officer, has a BSC in Environmental Science and an MSC in Environmental Archaeology and Paleaoeconomy. He joined NBIS in October 2008 following five years with the Suffolk Biological Records Centre as GIS officer and, prior to that, employment within the Norfolk Historic Environment Record. Martin leads the NBIS team, managing projects and working with partner organisations to develop the services we offer them. He also develops and maintains the Recorder 6 database and GIS systems for use in providing enquiry responses.
Martin is also a director of the Association of Local Environmental Records Centres.

Sam Neal, Biodiversity Officer (Information), joined NBIS in January 2008 following an MSc in Conservation at UCL, and prior to that, employment at the Environment Agency. Sam works for NBIS on technical and spatial ecology mapping projects using GIS and other IT. Projects include: NBIS website development; updating priority BAP habitat inventories; baseline habitat/landuse mapping; East of England biodiversity opportunity map update and other habitat/species GIS analysis; Environmental indicators (e.g. NI197); County Wildlife Site partnership work.

Our management:

Heidi Thompson, Countryside Manager (Landscape & Biodiversity), is the County Council Officer with management responsibility for NBIS. After leaving UEA in 1992 she worked for English Nature and The Kings Lynn Internal Drainage Boards before joining the Council in 2001. Other responsibilities of her team include the Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership, tree safety, forestry, landscape and ecology.



Those that have left us...............:


SCOTT PERKIN (December 2011)

In December last year (2011) we said a very sad ‘farewell’ to Scott Perkin, who is now in a new post with the IUCN in Thailand after seven incredibly productive years as Biodiversity Co-ordinator with NBP.

We will miss him tremendously – he leaves behind an amazing legacy of achievements, resulting in huge benefits for Norfolk’s wildlife and those who work in the sector. We send him and his wife Mary, all the best for their exciting new chapter.

Scott Perkin, Biodiversity Services Co-ordinator, oversaw the county's Biodiversity Action Plan and co-ordinated the activities of the Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership; he worked closely with NBIS and the Norfolk Non-native Species Initiative. Scott has worked in conservation since 1983, when he joined the WWF/IUCN Regional Office for Eastern Africa in Kenya. Following the completion of his PhD at the University of East Anglia, Scott worked for IUCN in Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Laos, before taking up his post with the Biodiversity Partnership in Norfolk in 2005.

Scott talked to the EDP about his time in Norfolk: read the scanned article here


PAT LORBER (April 2010)

NBIS was very sorry to say “goodbye” to Biological Records Officer, Pat Lorber when she retired in April 2010.

Pat moved to Norfolk from South Africa in 2000, having taken early retirement from the Botany Department at the University of Cape Town. Pat joined the Norfolk Biological Records Centre (at Gressenhall) as the Biological Records Officer in 2001, when it was located in the Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service, and moved with it to Planning and Transportation in 2006. She has an extensive wildlife background including several years as Nest Record Card Organiser for Zimbabwe, The Natural History Museum, Zimbabwe, seabird projects at the Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology in Cape Town, and spent ten years as Curator of the Bolus Herbarium at the University of Cape Town.
Pat reflects on her time with NBRC/NBIS:
I feel very grateful to have been given the opportunity of making a contribution to my new county and country (I became a British citizen in 2005) and feel privileged to have worked with that fine band of dedicated naturalists, Norfolk’s County Recorders. Almost without exception, they were generous with their time, knowledge and records, and the Service is still dependent on their expertise if sensible decisions are to be made regarding planning, conservation and management of Norfolk’s wildlife. I hope you will continue to support Martin and Sam, Lizzy and Su to provide just that. Giving up the day job means I continue to learn about hedgehogs by night (I have 17+ marked individuals), and bumblebees and solitary bees by day, with Tim Strudwick’s patient help and I have pictures to prove it! Good wishes and thanks to you all, and I hope to see you from time to time
Pat Lorber
Read Pat’s thoughts in full here

Pat also has kindly added an update to this in 2011 (16/11/2011)

I’ve discovered retirement suits me very well!  The hedgehog survey is ongoing and interesting, and I have marked 68 animals so far. About a quarter of last year’s hedgehogs returned in 2011. Is that about the normal number getting through a hard winter? Have some simply moved their centre of activity elsewhere? Time will tell.  Hedgehogs have very large home ranges -Pat Morris’s radio tracking experiments showed that a male hedgehog’s home area can be 20-30 hectares, and about 10 hectares for females, and they travel about 2-3 kilometres each night. 15 new hedgehogs were marked in 2011 and for the first time I have seen a mother with her baby.

Further study details can be found here…........

I’m so pleased with the progress that Scott and Martin and the team have made at NBIS. They really have taken it forward and are providing a comprehensive data service only dreamed of when I joined the NBRC in 2000 with about 200 000 records in the database. Regards to all, Pat