I started volunteering with Wiltshire and Swindon Biological Centre (WSBRC) when I was 17. I was interested in the role as I wanted to improve my data handling skills before starting my degree. At the time, I had never heard of a BRC before, so I was intrigued to find out what it was all about.

Over the years, I’ve stayed in touch with WSBRC and continued volunteering with them alongside my studies. When I graduated in 2021, the government had just introduced the ‘Kickstart’ scheme which aimed to, as the name suggests, kickstart young people into their careers post-pandemic.

This initiative secured my placement at the biological records centre, allowing me to work alongside like-minded individuals who want to make a difference to the natural world.

An average day in the life of an intern consists of entering and verifying data, participating in a variety of relevant training courses, and creating posters for the Wiltshire Rivers team (a personal favourite of mine).

I’ve also had the opportunity to be involved in field-work too, such as tree planting at Mill Farm for the Building Bridges project. In total, we managed to plant 300 trees that day, and as expected, saw plenty of wildlife (and some livestock).

Photo of planted trees

I look forward to seeing how our efforts look in the years to come, and participating in more practical conservation work as the weather continues to improve.

Photo of Charlotte Blog written by Charlotte Dacre

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