Will Batson has played an integral part in the Mulligans Flat story for some years, but now he is excited to take on a new and important role as Sanctuary Manager.
For those who don’t know Will Batson, here is his back story:
Growing up in small town New Zealand, I always had a passion for the outdoors and the environment. This led to an early career in Adventure Tourism including managing a commercial sea kayaking operation in the Able Tasman National Park. My interests in science led me to undertake a BSc in Ecology at Victoria University of Wellington during where I also worked on a number of key wildlife programs for the Department of Conservation.
My association with Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary began in 2012 when I started a PhD focused on reintroducing bettongs to the ACT. Since graduating in 2015, I was employed as a Post-Doctoral Fellow leading the revision of the Mulligans Flat Reintroduction Strategy, and managing the ‘beyond-the-fence’ bettong reintroduction trial into the Lower Cotter Catchment.
As Manager of Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary I am fully committed to achieving the aims of ‘restoring our nature, transforming our thinking and inspiring action for conservation’. Working closely with the partnership between the ACT Government, the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust, and the Australian National University I believe Mulligans Flat will evolve into a nationally recognisable conservation resource that redefines how we manage threatened woodlands and other vulnerable environments.