Somerset Wildlife Trust is excited to welcome three new trainees to its team as part of the Wildlife Skills Trainee scheme. The project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund through their Skills for the Future Programme, gives individuals the opportunity to gain the relevant skills and experience required to successfully apply for, and fulfil full-time conservation roles.
The wildlife conservation sector is a competitive field and, not only that, the many specialist skills needed for positions involve costly course fees which is cost prohibitive to many. Somerset Wildlife Trust is delighted to be involved in a scheme that gives people the opportunity to gain paid, full time, real world experience, while exploring their passion and making a difference to their local environment and community.
The Trust now welcomes three new trainees, Phil Bruss, Freya Morgan and Adam Llewellyn to the team. Freya is working on volunteer and community engagement, and is getting out and about inspiring local communities to connect with their local environment, and Phil and Adam are working on practical conservation at our Reserves, carrying out management to conserve precious wildlife habitat.
Phil Bruss, Practical Conservation Wildlife Trainee for South Somerset has this to say about his experience so far:
“I will be maintaining the wonderful grassland that we have in this part of the world to ensure wildflowers can flourish. I will be learning what makes the ecosystem tick and how to best manage it, as well as working with landowners. I’m only a few weeks in and it’s been invaluable experience already - new knowledge, new skills, and new friends; what’s not to like?”
Freya Morgan, Community Engagement Wildlife Trainee is excited to get out and about in the community:
“During my year with Somerset Wildlife Trust I hope to continue working with children, I’m especially excited about completing my Forest Schools certificate! I will be getting involved in events management, interpretation and communications, as well as gaining skills in species I.D, surveying and monitoring. I don’t have any background in the sciences, so I hope this year will give me a good grounding in conservation ecology.”
Adam Llewellyn, Practical Conservation Wildlife Trainee for the East Mendips has many highlights already:
“Amongst many great experiences, it was incredible to see Red Squirrels and Greater Horseshoe bats. I’m really excited to get out and about and meet other trainees from neighbouring counties and see how other reserves work, as well as putting my skills to the test, and learning some more!”