I am a freelance biodiversity consultant with strong managerial expertise in programme and project planning, implementation and evaluation. I trained as a botanist and the conservation of plant diversity  remains my core professional interest.   

In February 2015 I stepped down as Secretary General of Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) after 10 years with the organisation. I remain closely in touch with BGCI which is undertaking vitally important conservation and education work.

Before joining BGCI, I  worked as Global Programmes Director for Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and previously I have worked for UNEP World Conservation Monitoring  Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBG).  I also worked as a freelance consultant for over ten years, undertaking research and providing policy advice on international biodiversity conservation.

I am currently Co-Chair of the IUCN/SSC Global Tree Specialist Group, responsible for promoting and implementing projects to Red List and conserve globally threatened tree species. We aim to undertake a complete Global Tree Assessment by 2020.  

I greatly enjoy writing and editing and have published many  research papers and articles  as well as popular books - as shown below.

(Left):   Enjoying flowers of the Picos de Europa with Sue Holland

In May 2013 I was awarded an Institutional Honorary Doctorate by the University of Ghent, Belgium, in recognition of my work in international plant conservation.  It was a huge honour and I am very proud to be associated with the University.

(Right):   The award ceremony in Ghent, and the celebrations afterwards

Various books that I have written. New writing projects are underway including a proposed volume on the world’s rarest plants.

Sara Oldfield Biodiversity Consultant
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