I have a background in engineering, with which I persevered for a decade before deciding that the state of our nature could not be ignored, and that I could not live with myself if the UK lost its biodiversity and I had stood idly by. At this point I jumped the engineering ship and briefly worked as a fundraiser for RSPB.
After leaving RSPB I volunteered on various projects around the South West until I saw the Trust’s trainee positions open up. With little hope of success I applied, and proved that life can always surprise you.
I will be working with the South Somerset reserves team in practical conservation to maintain the wonderful grassland that we have in this part of the world. I will be working to ensure the landscape isn’t taken over by the persistent thistles and brambles that want to colonise the bare ground and prevent other species of wildflower establishing. But most of all, I will be learning: learning what makes the ecosystem tick and how to best manage it, how the relationships with our graziers and surrounding landowners work, and how to maintain the most efficient, sharpest and cleanest fleet of brushcutters and chainsaws this county has ever seen! I’m very much looking forward to the rest of the year, and feel privileged to have been given such a fantastic opportunity.
Outside of work I can mostly be found still looking at nature, and passing on what I learn here to my wife, who is a constant support to me by being every bit as interested in nature as I am!
Keep up with my journey on Twitter: @SWT_PhilBruss