Merle joined FWAG in 2020 after six years working as an ecologist for a consultancy. Merle leads a project in the Upper Brue addressing issues of water quality and building resilience to climatic events through habitat creation and offering farmer advice. Merle also works on the Somerset Hills to Levels project in addition to setting up Agri-Environment Schemes. Merle completed a MSc in Aquatic Biology and Resource Management, is an Associate Member of CIEEM and is BASIS Soil and Water qualified.