Monday, 2 November 2015

BSc Conservation Biology win volunteering awards

Hayley Partridge and Daniel Hosking have just been given a South West Trust Lakes award for their contribution to education within the Trust. Each of them spent six months with the organisation on their work placement year, gaining valuable experience. Now they are back at university to complete the final year of their BSc Conservation Biology degree.
Daniel (left) and Hayley (right) with their awards,
presented by David Robertson (Chairman
of the South West Lakes Trust).

Here is the South West Lakes Trust citation for the pair's award:

"On a six month placement with South West Lakes Trust these two individuals have made a huge contribution to conservation in the Burrator area. They have jointly worked on a detailed study of species recovery following large scale forestry activities. Not only does this help us understand how habitats will react to large scale intervention, which is invaluable in forest and site management planning, but also what to expect when we are forced into this type of operation due to plant health orders etc. as we were at Burrator. They have been involved in a huge amount of species survey work including bats, dormice, invertebrates and flora, which is a huge asset to SWLT. They are also both excellent at passing on their enthusiasm to children through helping with school groups. 

"They have both been invaluable in helping with the Burrator Outdoor Pre-School, designing resources and helping us deliver many educational visits for primary school groups which we wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise, plus leading a wide range of practical conservation tasks around the site and supporting volunteers with different abilities to engage and participate fully.

"They have been an invaluable asset to our organisation and to Burrator particularly and we wish them every success with their next steps."