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Here we go – Cohort 3!
From the 1st of July, myself and 3 other nature crazed trainees joined the Dorset Wildlife Trust as part of the Wildlife Skills Traineeship funded by the Heritage Lottery ‘Skills for the Future’ programme. We each got positions across Dorset, either in a community engagement or practical based role. The hope is that we will gain an enormous […]
“Simon Says” – Gardening the wilderness
In this new blog at the beginning of each month I hope to be giving some insights into what goes on behind the scenes in conservation and environment.  I will try and be thought-provoking and sometimes even controversial, but I hope not divisive.  In conservation many things are not as simple as they appear. The […]
“Simon Says” – A new blog entry from DWT’s Chief Executive, Simon Cripps.
In this new blog at the beginning of each month I hope to be giving some insights into what goes on behind the scenes in conservation and environment.  I will sometimes be thought-provoking and even controversial, but I hope not divisive.  In conservation many things are not as simple as they appear. The views expressed […]
Stomping Through Somerset!
Who can believe that we trainees have just been on our FINAL residential?! Certainly not us! A couple of weeks ago we spent an incredible 5 days in Somerset’s Mendips, seeing the sights, learning about project development, admiring the wildlife and becoming very well acquainted with rocks…   Monday: After leaving behind Dorset, we arrived […]
Connie the Brown Long-Eared Bat
On Sunday afternoon, Megan and I returned to the Urban Wildlife Centre after leading a successful Urban Weekenders, our monthly Sunday volunteer work group. We packed away all the tools and parked up the vehicles, and as we were about to leave, I noticed something on our outside wall. Something that looked vaguely… bat-shaped! I […]
Wildlife Skills Goes Wandering ‘round Wiltshire
Last week, we set out on our third (can you believe it!?) residential of our year-long traineeships! The destination was Oxenwood in Wiltshire, and we had plenty on the agenda. Here’s what we got up to! Monday Arriving at midday, we had a quick catch-up over lunch before heading out to Jones’s Mill, a Wiltshire […]
Winter Catch-up: The Wildlife Skills Trainees
  November has flown by with all of the trainees busy with a variety of tasks and projects. Here are some of our highlights from this past month: Amy So November for me has been a busy time of getting stuck into our winter work regime. The very large majority has been spent hedgelaying to […]
Going Wild in Devon!
  A couple of weeks ago, the Wildlife Skills trainees went on a training week in Devon. Here’s what they got up to! Monday and Tuesday – Sophie: We arrived in Okehampton at midday, had a quick catch up with everyone and then got started on our training. Firstly, we had a useful volunteer management […]
That’s the Ticket!
Written by Amy Brocklehurst & Christina Bowdler, Practical Conservation Trainees. The last couple of weeks we have been very busy gaining some formal qualifications to add to our ever-widening repertoires! The machinery tickets we obtain in this traineeship are often a crucial asset to make it into our chosen career paths, so this has been an invaluable opportunity. The first week saw Jack and Sophie […]
Wildlife Skill’s Photos of the Week: The end of Summer!
We trainees have all been very busy recently, getting stuck in to the world of Dorset Wildlife Trust! Here are some photos from what we got up to at the end of August Amy: Mine has to be this cute little Natterer’s bat we had on Brownsea! It was a very bat-focused week, checking boxes […]

 

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