I started working with the Community Greenspace team in mid-January, after studying Ecological Science at Edinburgh University. Within my first month I had managed to visit many of the countryside sites in Perth & Kinross (some of which were hidden under several inches of snow), walked a few of the core paths and got knee-deep in a pond in Blairgowrie with the conservation volunteers.
I was fortunate enough to be involved in several exciting projects over the last few months. This included photographing and grading some of the core path networks (sometimes accompanied by my own ‘volunteer’ – Sula), giving a hand in the amphibians in drains project with TayARG, helping with the salmon in the classroom, and creating this blog to promote and recognise volunteering with Community Greenspace.
Some of the most rewarding and enjoyable work that I was able to do involved working alongside the conservation volunteers – whether it was emptying tree-cages in Black Spout woods, Pitlochry, clearing out ponds in Blairgowrie for amphibians, planting with local bloom groups, or beech tree pulling on Kinnoull hill, Perth. I found the volunteers were very eager, committed and overall really nice people to work alongside.
I was lucky enough to get opportunities to get my camera out, not only letting me get some good photos but allowing me to hide on the other side of the lens!
Now that my contract with the council has ended I am moving to Tromsø in northern Norway to study for a masters degree. I thoroughly enjoyed my time working here, and no doubt the experience gained will prove to be invaluable further down the line.