April was an exciting month because I got to lead my first educational session with the Trust! We had been asked to lead a bug day at Queen’s College as part of a week long Zoology masterclass in half term, so feloow trainee Perdeep and I went along to run games and a bug hunt and create bug hotels. The pupils had a great time, we found plenty of creepy crawlies in the school grounds and they created some fantastic individual bug hotels as well as a large bug ‘school’. Let’s hope its providing a cosy home for lots of critters!
Queen’s College bug ‘school’- before and after
This month I also got to work creating a new WildWalk for our Babcary Meadows Nature Reserve. WildWalks are self-guided walks taking in SWT nature reserves, that also encourage people to record and report the wildlife they see along the way. I went up to Babcary to check out the reserve and do a walk of the route. The walk is all written up and is now with our design team who are creating the card- I’m excited to see the end product and to launch it in June.
April came to an end with another great trainee residential, this time held in the beautiful Mendip Hills. The programme was full on, with project management, job application and interview sessions, but we also got to explore the area too. We went on two walks, one up Crook Peak and another around Cheddar Gorge, which both provided stunning views, and did a day of drystone walling at Cooks Fields reserve, from which you can see pretty much the whole of Somerset. The highlight for me was definitely the evening that we went caving down Swildon’s Hole, the longest cave in the Mendip Hills. It’s the first time that I’ve ever been caving and it was an amazing, if slightly terrifying experience!
Hard at work building the dry stone wall
The finished wall!
Windswept trainees at the top of Crook Peak