During my time at the Scottish Canoe Association I developed the SCA’s guidelines on biosecurity and worked with Scottish Government officers on their strategy for preventing the salmon parasite Gyrodactylus salaris (Gs) from entering Scottish waters.

During my last few months at the SCA I worked with Scottish Government, SEPA, SNH, British Waterways and the Rivers and Fisheries Trusts Scotland on the Check Clean Dry campaign in Scotland.

Going back to 2001, I was working for the Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) during the foot and mouth epidemic, and have taken part in subsequent discussions about the response to any future outbreak of the disease.

As a result of this work I have a good understanding of biosecurity issues as they relate to outdoor recreation and experience of communicating the relevant messages to those involved in these activities.  The development and communication of these messages is likely to become increasingly important in the future and this is an area of work in which I am now offering my services on a freelance basis.

Click here to see the SCA’s biosecurity guidelines.

Click here to see the Scottish Government advice about Gs.

Click here to see the Scottish Government’s Check Clean Dry campaign.

Scottish Government Environment Minister Stewart Stevenson launches the Check Clean Dry campaign in September 2011