Well, what a start it has been to my traineeship! Since writing the first blog, I worked for two weeks alongside the volunteers and then like a lot of the country, I’ve been working from home. An important part of this role throughout lockdown has been keeping in contact with our volunteers. We have managed this by producing a weekly ‘Lockdown Lowdown’ newsletter - complete with articles, weekly wildlife sightings and quizzes. The occasional day on site, when emergency fence repairs needed to be carried out, always provided a welcome break from working at home.
Without a doubt, lockdown has certainly had its challenges, but it has also provided a great opportunity to explore the local wildlife hotspots, get out in our gardens and connect with nature. It has actually coincided quite nicely with the 30 Days Wild campaign, which has been running throughout June. I’ve certainly seen lots of interesting and cool wildlife in the last few months.
Some of the highlights have included listening to the songs of the warblers that have returned to our two counties, particularly at Cossington Meadows. I was able to add the Grasshopper Warbler and Nightingale to my lockdown bird list which was great, although I didn’t get to see them, they could definitely be heard. Other highlights have involved a trip to Cloud Wood on an ‘orchid hunt’, where we saw Common Spotted, Butterfly and Bee Orchid, among other things and visited the rare Lizard Orchid.