I am currently studying Biosciences at Durham University, with a focus on ecology and conservation, and therefore decided to spend time working with the Trust during my summer break. This has given me valuable experience of conservation programmes in action, as well as helping to get me out of the house!
I have had experience carrying out various different tasks over the course of my placement, helping to preserve vital habitats and monitor the species found across them. These have ranged from bracken bashing, needed to ensure the establishment of key woodland systems, to drone flights, which are important to monitor the success of habitat restoration.
Personally, the most rewarding experience has been surveying the important wildlife found at several key sites, including the nationally important population of white-faced darter dragonflies at Scaleby Moss. This species is confined to a handful of sites across England, and was previously considered extinct across Cumbria; its reintroduction has been a major success for the county’s biodiversity, and therefore the monitoring of the white-faced darter is one of the Trust’s most important responsibilities.