26th June: Who’s in charge here?
Today was the day I was in charge of the meadow survey on Eycott hill. It didn’t get off to a great start, I will admit, as I printed the wrong data collection sheet and forgot to bring clipboards for people to write on. However, after these were ironed out, we collected some good data and everything went smoothly.
8th & 9th July: Quad Bike Course
I went on a 2 day course designed to help me drive a quad bike and use a trailer. This was very helpful as it helped show me both how to improve my existing experience with quad bikes as well as showing me how to perform safety checks and operate them in a safe manner. This experience also helped me gain real world experience with what could be expected of me in a job, for example, I was taught how to operate the quad with weight on it and how to reverse the quad with a trailer attached.
10th & 11th July: First Aid Course
This was my second course of the week, this time on first aid. This was a brilliant course designed to help deal with both the situation in hand and the person involved. It had a brilliant set of steps to help the first aider; protect themselves, assess the care needed to be administered and what to say on the phone to the emergency services in order to get the correct help needed and correct response time. Primary and secondary surveys of the victim help the first aider give the correct treatment, and aid the casualties recovery time.
22nd July: A Nutty Day
Today I helped the people at the Red Squirrel Project put out camera traps in order to keep tabs on known populations of Red Squirrels in Cumbria. This is particularly exciting as I spoke to Bonnie (Red Squirrels Officer) and she says that there is a known male Pine Marten that has frequently been spotted on the cameras, so fingers crossed for photos in the future.
25th July: Discovery Day
Today was Discovery Day at Eycott hill, a family event with all kinds of activities designed to engage children with nature. The main activities were; pond dipping, moth sweeping & a nature walk. The pond dipping was a huge success for two reasons: first, the children absolutely loved it and second, we discovered that the newt population in the pond is doing incredibly well. The moth sweeping also provided us with the knowledge that the Red Admiral butterfly population is doing well too, which is brilliant news. The event also had a lady from Zoobidoo, who let me hold her African millipede and African Pygmy hedgehog.