Dr Gill Hartley

Senior Wildlife Biologist

Telephone Number
+44(0)131 244 8804


Research interests/Areas of expertise

  • Development of methods and approaches to resolving human-wildlife conflicts
  • Improving efficacy, and lessening the welfare and environmental impact, of current methods of wildlife management
  • Role of wildlife in the spread of certain diseases


  • Advisory role to Scottish Government and other stakeholders covering a wide range of issues in relation to agriculture, fisheries, game and disease control, where conflict arises with birds and mammals. 
  • Lead small team of staff undertaking policy-related research projects in relation to impact and/or control of herbivores (e.g. rabbits, geese), predators (e.g. golden eagle, badger, corvids, piscivorous birds), species involved in disease transmission (e.g. foxes, badgers), and moles.
  • Joined SASA in 1993, undertaking R&D programme on rabbit control (development of bait markers, rabbit-specific baits, National Rabbit Survey, grazing behaviour).  
  • Post-doctoral studies in relation to rabies contingency planning, cetaceans and endangered fruit bats. 
  • PhD at University of Bristol examining social suppression of fox reproduction. BSc (Hons) Agricultural Science at University of Nottingham (applied & mammalian physiology; environmental physics)

Representational Duties

  • Chair of Urban Gull Task Force
  • Chair of Scottish Government Technical Assessment Group
  • Chair Scottish Government Goose Science Advisory Group
  • Member of Scottish Government National Goose Management Review Group
  • Chair of Scottish Government Urban Gull Task Force
  • Member of Rodenticides Stewardship Government Oversight Group
  • Member of the Task Force in Support of the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use
  • Member of the Scottish Government Feral Pig Co-ordination Group
  • Member of Defra Stoat Trap Testing Steering Group