Name:              Simon Nicholas Delany
Nationality:      British
Family:             Married, two children (born 2000 and 2002)
Address:          Rijnbandijk 22, 4043 JL Opheusden, The Netherlands
Telephone:      +31 (0)488 441 036+31 (0)488 441 036
Mobile:             +31 (0) 655 684 550+31 (0) 655 684 550
e-mail:              simondelany3@gmail.com


  • Industrious, reliable, academic, communicative, enthusiast with reputation for high quality publications and attention to detail.
  • Ornithologist with over 20 years’ experience at local, national, continental and global scales, and with prolific record of publications and presentations.
  • Former focal point of global waterbird conservation networks, responsible for the scientific basis of measures under the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (UNEP-AEWA), The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and the European Commission Birds Directive.

Key skills

  • Producing high-quality publications on complex and large-scale projects, individually and in teams.
  • Managing projects effectively and productively at national, European and global scales.
  • Communicating verbally and in writing to motivate colleagues and collaborators and report results to a wide variety of audiences.
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Work experience

June 2011 onward Consultant, Delany Environmental


Dec 1997 – May 2011 Senior Technical Officer – Waterbird Conservation and  Waterbird Conservation Officer, Wetlands International, Wageningen, The Netherlands. Leading coordination of global International Waterbird Census and Waterbird Population Estimates programmes and numerous international projects (see publications).
Oct 1994 – Nov 1997 Irish Wetland Bird Survey (I-WeBS) National Coordinator, BirdWatch Ireland. Established the highly successful I-WeBS scheme and ran it for its first three seasons.
Sept 1989 – Oct 1994 Research Officer (Special Surveys), Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge, UK. Coordinated national breeding season surveys of five species and monthly monitoring of two key wetland complexes in western England.
June 1985 – June 1989 Zoological Field Assistant, British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK. Includes one year spent travelling in South America en route home from Antarctica. Two and a half years fulfilling childhood dream on Bird Island, South Georgia, conducting fieldwork on albatrosses, penguins and fur seals, followed by the trip of a lifetime.
March 1983 – June 1985 Countryside Ranger, Oldham BoroughCouncil, UK. Management and interpretation of river valley between Manchester and the Peak District.
1981 – 1982,  1980  & 1977 Member of three Southampton University Expeditions to the Himalayas studying bird distribution and migration, Ladakh, India. Three expeditions to Ladakh, India. Recorded 62 new bird species for a region the size of England and four new for India; ringed over 10,000 passerines.
3/79 – 3/80 Countryside Interpreter, The Countryside Education Trust, Beaulieu, UK.. Interpreting the natural environment of the Beaulieu Estate to schoolchildren and visitors.
3/78 – 11/78 Assistant Warden and Warden, Portland Bird Observatory, Dorset, UK. Monitoring migration through Portland by daily census and ringing.  Managing hostel.


The book An Atlas of Wader Populations in Africa and Western Eurasia was awarded third place in the British Trust for Ornithology/British Birds “Best bird book of the year 2009” competition.


2014                            Wageningen University Resource Ecology Group

Ph.D. thesis in preparation:

The migration and ecology of bird communities in Ladakh in the north-west Himalayas

1974 – 1977                   Southampton University – BSc (hons) Geography 2(i)

Dissertations: The development and changing ecology of Radipole Lake, WeymouthThe reclamation of wetlands in England

Final year options: Ecology and environmental change; Rural development and planning, Geomorphology.

1967 – 1974                  Hardye’s Grammar School, Dorchester, Dorset, UK

3 GCE ‘A’ Levels, 9 GCE ‘O’ Levels.

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