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2015 trainees are here!

1st May 2015

This summer, a new scheme is offering landowners in the Blackdown Hills free wildlife surveys and management advice. Blackdown Hills Natural Futures is also giving local people the chance to take part in the surveys alongside the project’s ecology trainees.

The trainees, Laura Quinlan, Emily Forbes and Tom Nitti, recently started in their new roles having successfully applied for the three placements. They will be out and about in the AONB over the summer, surveying sites and gaining skills to help them in their future careers in conservation.

Conrad Barrowclough, Blackdown Hills Natural Futures project officer said:

“It’s great to have Emily, Tom and Laura as part of the team this year and we are all excited about the possibility of finding some rare species through our surveys. We are keen for members of the public to join us every Thursday and Friday to improve their wildlife identification skills on a wide range of botanical and habitat surveys.

“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.”

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