Conservation Course Update 3
I’ve finished it! I handed in the last bits of paperwork last week to complete my portfolio and it has now been sent off to the exam board to be marked.
My wildlife report went really well. I ended up writing 5000 words about the nature reserve I was surveying. I enjoyed every minute surveying and also writing the report as it threw up some unexpected results and I found researching fascinating again. The nature reserve produced some really positive wildlife sightings which I think is great for a small reserve situated on a hospital site. I recorded 27 species of birds, 16 species of butterflies and 9 species of Odonata on my survey days.
The wetland management module didn’t cover as much as I was expecting as it remained pretty much restricted to pulling Himalayan balsam and clearing rivers of blockages and litter. I’m not complaining though because I acquired a lot of new knowledge about health and safety and environmental issues I wasn’t aware of before. I also developed a lot of confidence with leading groups of volunteers, giving advice and safety talks which I think has been the most valuable experience this course has given me.
I’ve enjoyed doing the course despite all the paperwork which makes me even more certain I want a career in this sector. There’s still no job for me to apply for but when it does come I know I will have a better chance of getting it with this added experience Warwickshire Wildlife Trust was able to offer me.