Two volunteers, two generations, Mother and daughter battle it out to become the ultimate volunteer! Okay, a bit melodramatic.
It was 20th March 2012 my birthday and my first day’s work experience at Brooklands Farm (Dorset Wildlife Trust’s headquarters) a Great Crested Newt had been spotted on the grounds and a press release had to be written to inform everyone of the finding. I took matters into my own hands and decided to write it myself well, actually I was asked to do it by the end of the week it had been published in two newspapers and was a feature on a wildlife website.
they’d thought they’d seen the last of me
After that week of work experience, I decided that this was the type of thing I would really like to do when I left education. For the staff at Brooklands Farm, they’d thought they’d seen the last of me how wrong they were! So in the summer holidays I decided to come back for more work experience, and this time I had company Mum!
Yes, Mum enjoys being outdoors in the fresh air and the birds, and I like being in an office writing about the outdoors, the fresh air and the birds well I could write outside but in British weather that’s just impractical.
Mum has always had an interest in wildlife, “I have volunteered for BTCV (British Trust for Conservation Volunteers), RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds), and a Somerset Wildlife Watch club. I very much enjoy being outdoors, and experiencing the wildlife that thrives around us. I look forward to seeing the arrival of the swifts every year, and seeing the leaves turn from green to orange as Summer progresses into Autumn.”
Mum also saw two baby newts
Mum cleared around the wildlife pond in the yard of Brooklands Farm it looks a lot better hopefully the wildlife will appreciate it too. Several frogs were heard croaking happily away, and Mum also saw two baby newts, as well as a friendly Robin that was singing away to her every time I walked out there.
On the last day I met a Reporter and his Cameraman from BBC Spotlight, who were interviewing Simon Cripps at Kingcombe, it was great to see the interview as it gave me a chance to see one live and how it all unfolds off screen.
Overall, these last few days have been great! I’ve done about 3 news releases, met some new people and said hello to those I remembered from last time I was here! Now I’m putting the finishing touches to my second blog , it’s nice finishing my time here the same way I finished it last time.
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