It was during my degree in Animal Welfare (Wildlife Conservation), that I began my journey with the Lancashire Wildlife Trust as a livestock checker for a beautiful herd of English longhorn cattle, and a few Red poll that were seasonal grazers. I initially became aware of the wonderful practice of conservation grazing through an episode of Autumnwatch which featured Mangalitsa pigs being used to help restore the Dorset heathland and help the Dartford warbler population. I continued this role for over a year and then started volunteering for the Carbon Landscape.
I have been quite fortunate to be in the position I now find myself in, employed by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust in a short space of time. My journey began by attending the conference in May 2018, which I decided to attend as I had come to the realisation that I was lacking the essential skills and experience to get employed in the sector. I signed up as a Carbon Landscape volunteer and since then I have attended different training sessions and work parties on reserves and built my experience and skill set up. I have also volunteered with other partner organisations such as the Mersey Rivers Trust and Greater Manchester Ecology Unit. I then started a placement on the Carbon Landscape Project and had the opportunity to get first hand experience in community engagement and event planning and and have now become a Carbon Landscape Trainee.
I enjoy identifying wildflowers when out on walks, and taking a few photos to build up my existing knowledge. I am keen on the work being done by conservation dogs in the field for invasive plants and animals and I am glad that the work being done is getting more attention and recognition.
Ultimately I decided I wanted to work in the conservation and wildlife sector because I want to make a positive difference for the world and actively help protect habitats and species. I want to inspire people to protect and care for the world we live in and the species we rely and live alongside.