Mrs Denise Yorke

Job Role
Senior Lecturer in Equestrian Psychology


Denise graduated from the University of Bradford in 1996 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Environmental Science before going on to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation, both at the University of Leeds. She taught at the Leeds City College for several years before moving to Wales where she joined the animal, equestrian and wildlife teams at Wrexham Glyndŵr University.

Denise works as an ecological surveyor as well as lecturing at Wrexham Glyndŵr University. Consulting part-time, she conducts protected species surveys across the UK. These monitor populations of bats, badgers, crayfish, watervoles and great-crested newts for clients, including the National Trust. Alongside this, she has designed courses and taught students in this subject since 2000. The result is a rich bank of real-life case studies and experience for students to learn from.

“It’s brilliant being able to combine my interests. I don’t just teach conservation, I work in the field as an ecologist too. I feel very lucky to be doing jobs that complement each other," she said.

What do you do in your spare time? Whether working or enjoying spare time, I spend a lot of time outdoors. My interest in wildlife photography has taken me around Wales and the rest of the UK visiting reserves and photographing rare species of animals and plants, particularly orchids.

Any hobbies? I live on a small farm where I rear rare breed geese and chickens, grow fruit and vegetables and manage the land for biodiversity. Keeping me company throughout are my dogs, a Jack Russell and an English Pointer.


Fellowship of Higher Education Academy
MSc Biodiversity & Conservation
BSc (Hons) Environmental Science (2:1)


Conservation, protected species, wildlife mitigation.


Animal Studies

Wildlife & Plant Biology


• Conservation Policy
• Survey Skills for Conservation
• Field Skills & Identification
• Academic & Personal Development
• Working in the Animal Sector