Hi, I’m Leighann and I’m the practical nature conservation trainee for the Mendip area of Somerset.
I have always loved being outdoors and finding out about the natural world. I have volunteered with various conservation charities in the past, but without a degree I didn’t think I could start a career in this sector myself.
After completing a Forestry course and spending one day a week for a year on a student placement with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, I discovered this was the career for me but was still struggling to find employment. Seeing the traineeship I jumped at the chance as it seemed as though it would fill all the gaps in my skills and knowledge and would allow me to learn on the job.
I am really looking forward to developing my practical skills, building up my identification and habitat knowledge and basically learning as much as I can while I’m here!
Keep an eye out for updates throughout the year!