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Emily Cunningham is an independent Marine Conservation Consultant working across the UK.

Emily is currently working with a number of local and national organisations on various aspects of marine conservation practice. She specialises in engaging the public with the wonders of British seas; with a particular focus on growing marine stewardship through the development of pioneering projects, campaigns and digital communications. To date, Emily has developed conservation projects worth £5.6m and secured over £350,000 in development funding.

Emily is a passionate and knowledgeable ocean advocate, as comfortable speaking to a school group as to a TV crew or the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment. She has appeared on national TV & radio and in various magazines discussing the marine issues of the day.

Away from the “day job”, Emily is an independent researcher with interests in citizen science, ocean literacy and public perceptions of the marine environment. She shares her marine science adventures on Marine Biology Life.

Key Achievements & Recent Work

  • Developed a major new conservation project on the Dee Estuary, aiming to protect and celebrate rare/undervalued wildlife and habitats
    Emily was commissioned to support project development, advise on stakeholder/community consultation and to write the (successful) Stage 1 funding bid. The project was awarded £101,400 development funding in late 2018 and is now progressing towards a full application of around £500,000. Read the announcement here, including a quote from Emily. 
  • Developed the UK’s first marine Landscape Partnership Scheme, a £5m programme of marine conservation, education and heritage projects in North East England.
    Emily led the programme development process, securing match funding and writing the successful Stage 1 application. She is now an advisor to the Partnership Board. Read more about the project here.
  • In 2018: Emily worked on a national campaign for more and better managed Marine Conservation Zones, wrote the marine content for a national NGO’s new website, completed a regional review of evidence for Natural England and developed a major new conservation project.
  • Co-led research expeditions to Sicily and the Azores to collect samples for the study of population genetics of Bottlenose Dolphins and Yellowmouth Barracuda.
  • In 2018, Emily presented her work at the 5th International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC5) in Kuching, Sarawak (Borneo) and at the European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA) conference in Newcastle (England). She currently has a research paper under review.


Work with Emily

Emily is available to take on new projects from August 2019.

To discuss, contact emily@emilycunningham.co.uk

Emily’s in depth and practical knowledge of marine conservation has provided invaluable insight to SeaScapes.  During our scoping meetings, I appreciate Emily’s encouraging and attentive approach, which often results in innovative ideas and solutions being developed.  I could not be more pleased with her suggestions and guidance and I feel comforted being in expert hands. Emily is destined for great things and will no doubt be a forerunner in the marine conservation industry.

Veronica Rudd, SeaScapes Development Manager
Emily is an advisor to the SeaScapes Partnership Board and Development Team.


Client Feedback

Emily is an inspiring young marine professional. Her passion, knowledge and commitment to marine wildlife is admirable. I have worked with Emily on a variety of coastal projects and each time she has proven herself to be dependable, organised and delivers quality pieces of work. As a marine conservationist, Emily has found her ultimate purpose in life – she loves it, is great at it, gets paid for it… and the world needs it!

Sarah Bennett, Area Manager, Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Emily worked with Cheshire Wildlife Trust to develop a programme of projects, providing guidance on community consultation and writing the Stage 1 bid.


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