I have had a love for nature and wildlife all my life, which probably comes from growing up in the New Forest and spending most of my childhood playing in the woods and generally being muddy. For the past ten years I have been in a job I generally enjoyed but wasn’t passionate about, so at the age of 30 I decided to make a change. Over the past two years I have been studying countryside management at college, as well as volunteering as much as possible. I firstly volunteered with Bristol Zoo with the fantastic mammals team, then with the National Trust and Wildlife Trust in and around the Mendips. The time I’ve spent volunteering has only reinforced the direction that I want to head in.
This year has been fantastic! Not only am I over the moon that I have successfully got this traineeship and excited for my journey with the Somerset Wildlife Trust, but I was blessed with the most beautiful baby girl, (Daisy).
I’m really looking forward to vising some more reserves from other counties to see how they work, and get to know other wildlife trainees, along with being on reserves within East Mendip to make conservation plans happen. I am really looking forward to gaining more skills, such as felling, and putting the ones I have to test!