The Blackdown Hills Natural Futures project has this month welcomed its second intake of trainee ecologists. The trainees, Tamsin Quinn, Fiona Wood and Max Anderson recently started in their new volunteer roles having successfully applied for the three placements out of a field of 90 applicants. They will be out and about in the Blackdown Hills over the summer, visiting sites and learning a wide range of wildlife survey and identification skills to help them in their future careers in ecology and conservation.
Conrad Barrowclough, Blackdown Hills Natural Futures project officer said: “It’s great to have Tamsin, Fiona and Max as part of the team this year and we are all excited about the possibility of finding some rare species through our surveys. Last year’s training scheme was a great success with all three trainees going into full time employment, and we hope to repeat that success again this year”.
“We’re also interested to hear from any landowners who have an area of land on the Blackdown Hills that might be valuable for wildlife. We can carry out a free survey and provide free management advice.”
Blackdown Hills Natural Futures is run by the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and other supporters. The three-year project is encouraging people to discover more about local wildlife, share their findings, and take action to look after the natural habitats in their own communities.
Photo (L-R): Tamsin Quinn, Conrad Barrowclough, Fiona Wood, Max Anderson.