Saving England's most threatened species from extinction

Willow Tit – Trainee Conservationist!

Willow Tit -Trainee Conservationist!

Even as a child I’ve always been interested in the outdoors and wildlife, this led me to complete a degree in Plant Sciences. The degree was very rewarding and resulted in me to deciding I wanted to have a more practical and involved career in conservation rather than research.

As a consequence of this more practical angle, after graduating I applied for the role of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Voluntary Trainee for the Dearne Valley region, as part of this role I am also involved with the Back from the Brink Willow Tit project as my supervisor, Sophie Pinder, is the Project Officer. This role allows me to gain valuable experience in the conservation sector and working on a project such as Willow Tits is a great opportunity moving forward. I get to see how these projects are run, not only the practical days but also all the admin and behind the scenes running, which as a volunteer you don’t always get the opportunity to see.

The Willow Tit project itself is very important, since the 1970s the Willow Tit population in this country has declined by 94%. This is because their favoured habitats of wet scrub and damp woodlands are also in decline. Populations are still holding on in the North of England but the species is more or less absent from the south-east, a stumbling block to their protection is the difficulty in distinguishing this species from another close relative - the Marsh Tit; so difficult in fact they were once thought to be the same species.

Over the next year I will be working with Sophie on surveying the Willow Tits, hopefully getting a sighting and undertaking practical habitat management.

Even though I have only just started my traineeship I already can see how invaluable this placement will be to my career. This project will give me an opportunity to look at long term species conservation and get back into something other than plants!

 

Kate License
Nature Reserves Trainee – Dearne Valley

 

Would you like to help these incredible species? There are numerous ways in which you can:

  • Why not volunteer for Back from the Brink? Check out our events page for opportunities near you.
  • Help us to spread the word of this species, and the others we will be helping over the next 3 years, by sharing our message across our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube pages. Follow us: @naturebftb.
  • Finally - help support the work we do across England by donating. Our impact will be greater with your help.

 

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