Meet the team

Our Homo Sapiens

  • Kerry Rolison

    Head of Suntrap

    Kerry is a qualified primary school teacher. Before joining Suntrap, she had four years teaching in schools in Haringey and Waltham Forest. She joined Suntrap as a bright eyed naturalist in 1989. Since then, she has inspired thousands of young people with her knowledge and enthusiasm for the outdoors. She became Head in 2005 and has since introduced a successful family learning programme.

  • Emma Lewis

    Senior Tutor

    Emma is a qualified secondary Science teacher with experience working in schools in Sussex. She joined our team in 2012, from a Field Centre in Buckinghamshire.

  • Louise Horsfall

    Tutor

    Louise holds an environmental degree and is a qualified Forest School Practitioner.  She joined the team in 2016, bringing her experience as an outdoor and environmental educator in the local area.

    Louise is driven by the desire to inspire the next generation of global citizens.  She is a firm believer in the power of direct experiences to generate lifelong learning and well-being impacts.

     

     

  • Joe Ahvee

    Tutor Resources Manager

    Joe gained his Conservation degree at Plymouth University and after working for the National Trust in Dorset joined our team in 2016. 

    His role is dual purpose as he works both as a tutor and manages our grounds to ensure they continue to be a great teaching resource.  His wide range of skills are put to good use maintaining our beehive, menagerie of animals, wild meadow and ponds.

  • David Lindo

    Honorary President of the Friends of Suntrap

    David's insight and guidance has been invaluable in taking our work forward. Known as the 'Urban Birder', he developed a passion for wildlife and birds growing up in inner London.  Subsequently he's on a mission to connect city dwellers with nature around them through his charity work and career as a well-renowned author, columnist, broadcaster and urban wildlife educationalist. Read more about his great work.    

     

  • Friends of Suntrap

    Reg. Charity No. 1102119

    The Friends of Suntrap was originally set up in 2000 for anyone that supports our aim to provide an educational centre that encourages a deeper understanding of nature for children and young people in Greater and Inner London.  Opportunities include volunteering a wide-range of guises, fundraising and promoting our vision.  Contact us to find out more and share your ideas on  how you can help us build on our great legacy. 

     

Our Animals

  • Cornsnake

    Cynthia the corn snake is our friendly resident born in 2005. Corn Snakes are found in the corn fields of central and north America. They  eat the mice that would otherwise eat the corn, so they are quite popular with farmers!

  • Salamanders

    Our resident fire salamanders are fascinating amphibians which are naturally found under rocks, logs or holes in the forests of Europe and Africa. They forage at night for invertebrates and our love worms!

  • Chickens

    We have a variety of chickens at Suntrap. In the evenings they roost in their pens, during the day they have free range of the Suntrap gardens. They do not go on outreach visits.

  • Giant African Snails

    Our giant African land snails have no bones, no legs but can get around! They have hard shells for protection and hide inside when they are scared.

  • Rabbits

    Chip was named by visitors at one of our open days. She is now quite an old lady, so she has a quiet life here at Suntrap and doesn't go on outreach visits.

  • Indian stick insects

    Indian Stick Insects are great at hide and seek as they can use camouflage to hide from predators. They live up in the trees in the forests of India, where they eat leaves.

  • European common toad

    The European common toad protects themselves by puffing up to look bigger than and can produce a nasty taste from their glands. It lives in damp places in Europe, NW Africa and Asia. Our toad is too old to go on outreach visits.

  • Madagascan hissing cockroach

    The Madagascan hissing cockroach is a friendly and endearing creature. Found on the forest floor in the Madagascan island off the East Coast of Africa.

  • Tortoise

    Our Tortoise Sasha, is a fairly new addition to the Suntrap pets. He loves outdoor adventures on sunny days but isn't old enough to visit schools yet.

    Meet Sasha and find out about Suntrap on Tour.

  • Cold water and tropical fish

    At Suntrap there are both cold water and tropical fish. Originally from the East, they’re now kept as our lovely pets here at the centre..

  • Bearded dragon

    Norbert is our resident bearded dragon. Although scaly in skin he’s gentle in character. He has to be kept warm at all times and so cannot go on outreach visits.

  • Bees!

    Bzzzz! Our bees provide us with delicious honey and help to pollinate local plants. Don't get too close without a supervisor.