For the past three years the Scottish Wildlife Trust has welcomed volunteers through the European Voluntary Service (now known as the European Solidarity Corps). This Erasmus funded project allows young Europeans to volunteer abroad. This year, I am lucky to be part of a 10 volunteer ESC team on a 12-month volunteering position in four different locations around Scotland.
It has now been five weeks that I have been working alongside Michelle, the Reserve Project Officer North and Marta, my fellow ESC volunteer. As well as getting to see some truly beautiful reserves and fascinating wildlife, I have learned so many different skills regarding managing reserves, controlling invasive non-native species and protecting native species.
Having recently graduated with a Master’s degree in Ecology and Animal Behaviour, this is a wonderful opportunity to not only practice the skills and knowledge I have learned so far but also to learn so much more. I am hoping this placement is going to give me the experience I am lacking in order to start my career in conservation.
I am looking forward to the year ahead and will keep you guys updated with more blogs and photographs of the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s beautiful reserves.
Until next time,
Elizabeth is taking part in a year-long placement with the Trust through the Erasmus+ funded European Solidarity Corps.