About Me

Loving the outdoors and exploring the natural world, a volunteer for Essex Wildlife Trust in my free time - I thought I'd try and keep track of my conservation exploits. I'm now a full-time student at Writtle College in Essex studying BSc Conservation & Environment [Biological Surveying].

Originally from Scotland I moved to London in 2000 to make my fortune... I've worked in Human Resources for the last 9 years, latterly as an HR Manager within the advertising industry.  Having spent some time volunteering at a sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica in 2008 and a couple of weeks as a conservation volunteer in France in 2009, I decided that I was destined for other things.  So I returned to college in September 2010 to pursue my dream!

I'm interested in both flora and fauna and continually amazed by what I learn about every species.  I have a keen interest in the creation of wildlife corridors, particularly Living Landscapes and would love to get involved with this in some way.  I am hoping to work towards obtaining a Great Crested Newt Licence whilst at college and am hoping to build up my experience of surveying - butterflies, hedgerows etc.  Improving my identification skills of birds and plants is also high on my agenda for the summer.  I always considered myself more interested in mammals but find myself drawn to beautiful butterflies and amazing moths and dragon- and damselflies.  Studying biology in the first year gave me a real passion for plants as well.  In short, I love studying the environment because there is so much to learn I could never, ever get bored!