From bear spray to midge spray

The Trust’s newest member of staff in the north of Scotland has swapped life as a Ranger in the Yukon for overseeing conservation work on some of our most spectacular wildlife reserves.

Michelle Henley © Mark Foxwell
Reserves Project Officer Michelle Henley © Mark Foxwell

Reserves Project Officer Michelle Henley worked for Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust as a Reserves Officer before spending several years in northwest Canada.

She said: “I love the Highlands and it has been incredible to spend time exploring and getting to know the Trust’s reserves. I’ve only had to make a few minor adjustments to life here such as swapping snowshoes for wellies, and bear spray for midge spray!”

“I’m really looking forward to helping our volunteers get to grips with invasive species, upgrade paths and fences, and work to protect the amazing wildlife and special habitats on our reserves.”

Rahoy Hills looking west to Ardnamurchan
Rahoy Hills looking west to Ardnamurchan © Alan Anderson

Over the next few months Michelle and her volunteers will complete tasks including repairing woodland exclosures and footpaths at Rahoy Hills Wildlife Reserve in Morvern with Ranger Steve Hardy, cutting back reeds at Achlochan Fen in Wester Ross to maintain open water on Ben Mor Coigach Wildlife Reserve, and working to control invasive Himalayan balsam on Spey Bay Wildlife Reserve in Moray.

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