Last month Jill Pilkington, Soay Sheep Project, went to Buckingham Palace to receive her MBE. Jill has helped study the Soay Sheep on St Kilda for twenty years and her award recognises the contribution she has made to scientific research and the value of this long running project into mammal behaviour and genetics.
For 20 years, Jill has visited the island to collect data on the ecology and evolution of the Soay sheep on Hirta. This information has been used by academics at various universities to produce research publications and worldwide media coverage. Many graduates have also worked with Jill and learnt transferable techniques such as animal handling skills and data management. Jill said “This is a tremendous honour and a wonderful acknowledgment for the St Kilda study. I am very proud to be involved in what has become one of the most significant scientific studies of its type".
It is quite a contrast from windswept St Kilda to the formality of the Palace - but I hope you agree she made the transition well.