Matthew Shardlow

c/o The Broads Authority,
Yare House,
62-64 Thorpe Road,
01832 205619

Appointed  by Secretary of State

Term of appointment  4 years

Date first appointed  01/04/2020

Expiry of appointment  30/06/2024

Committees Broads AuthorityRisk, Audit and Governance Committee


I studied Environmental Science and Ecology at UEA and became an ecologist at the RSPB based in Norwich where I produced a review of the invertebrate fauna of the mid-Yare Valley, before moving to Sandy to oversee the management and monitoring of biodiversity on 161 nature reserves, covering 115,000 ha.

I am now Chief Executive of Buglife – The Invertebrate Conservation Trust, a leading nature conservation charity and the only one in Europe committed to the conservation of all animals without backbones.

I am proud to have chaired the Riverfly Partnership in its early years and have been a trustee of Wildlife and Countryside Link (WCL) as well as founding chair of its Legal Strategy Group.

Outdoor recreation and natural history are pursuits I enjoy and I regularly publish articles and reports on a wide range of wildlife and conservation issues, particularly as a Country Diarist for the Guardian newspaper. I am also a member of the BBC Rural Affairs Committee.

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