Sustainability & Ecology MSc
I am studying Sustainability and Ecology MSc at the Centre for Alternative Technology. This will provide me with the knowledge and connections to better access careers in the field. I'm really excited to start learning more deeply about the subject and to use this experience to take part in climate change mitigation and prevention.
Autumn 2020 Volunteering
Since graduating, I have been volunteering for a number of conservation projects around Norfolk to build up my experience in the field.
Norfolk Wildlife Trust (in partnership with Wymondham Nature Group): mowing and clearing cuttings at a wildflower meadow in Hethel Churchyard in order to keep the soil poor to discourage grass growth and encourage wild flowers.
Wild Hethersett: brushcutting at Beckhithe Meadow in order to create space to plant a hedge to protect the meadow from a new housing development. https://wildhethersett.wordpress.com/home/beckhithe-meadow/
Norfolk Wildlife Trust: coppicing at Lower Wood in Ashwellthorpe to increase habitat variety and biodiversity in the wood.
Ted Ellis Trust: replacing an old boardwalk with a sturdier, recycled plastic one at Wheatfen.
Past Work & Volunteering
WWOOFing in New Zealand
August 2019-September 2019
In August-September 2019, I went WWOOFing in New Zealand. I worked on three smallholdings, including Mahurangi Olives (https://www.mahurangiolives.co.nz/), looking after livestock, grounds maintenance, and operating farming machinery.
Green Roof Maintenance
June 2018-August 2018
Planting, weeding and maintaining a number of green roofs around the Columbus, OH area, including Nationwide Children's Hospital and Battelle Darby Creek Nature Centre.
Widlife Sanctuary Groundskeeping
Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary
May 2017-August 2017
I spent an incredible three months at the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary, Minnesota, a protected area for wild American black bears. Work there consisted of maintaining the grounds (strimming roads and pathways, litter picking etc), monitoring bear population health through fieldwork and communicating with the public visiting the sanctuary, providing interpretation and education.
Norfolk Biodiversity Information Service (NBIS)
November 2015-April 2016
As part of my Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award I carried out a six month long survey of Marston Marsh nature reserve recording flora and fauna and entering this into a database for the Norfolk Biodiversity Information Service (NBIS).