My name is Ralph and I’m the practical habitat management trainee for the South-East of Somerset, based in Bradford on Tone.
I actually have a degree in history and came to nature conservation a bit later in life. I suppose you could say, rediscovering a childhood love of wildlife.
I’ve undertaken volunteering (sometimes even for real money!) in a range of different areas, including Caledonian Wildwood reforestation in the highlands of Scotland, river work along the Stour in Kent and woodland management in Hertfordshire; as well as seasonal field ecology work translocating reptiles.
However this position will give me an excellent opportunity to obtain the key certificates and experience I need to move on and find more permanent paid work, all the while discovering another new and beautiful part of the country.
The majority of the sites I have worked on so far in Somerset have been calcareous grassland and as this is an ecosystem I have little previous experience of, I am looking forward to the chance to learn more about conserving and improving this habitat (and how to brushcut on a 45 degree slope!)
Outside of nature conservation I enjoy writing pretentious fiction (none of which ever gets finished), cooking (which definitely does get finished) and swearing at rugby referees (while watching a game, not just if I happened to see a ref in the street, I’m not a maniac....)
Keep an eye on this website for updates on how my year is going!