Eleanor’s Blog – Week 1
Hello all! My name is Eleanor and I am a Conservation Biology student at the University of Plymouth, currently doing a work placement year. As part of this, I will be volunteering with Froglife for a three-month period, mostly working with Emily on the London T.O.A.D project!
As part of my time at Froglife, I will be conducting a personal project, surveying the ponds created and restored as part of the London Dragon Finder project. I will also be helping at the upcoming T.O.A.D Tails workshops at local schools and at the Mapestry workshops! I look forward to getting involved in the amazing activities that Froglife have created!
Here is a quick rundown of my first week at Froglife:
On Monday I visited Emily in the office for my induction; filling out forms and covering health and safety. This also involved going through the London T.O.A.D project activity plan, ensuring that I understood all the aspects of the project and why we are doing them. It was really interesting to see how much time and effort is spent working out all of the little details when setting up a conservation project. We discussed the elements of the project that I could get involved in on my placement.
I spent Tuesday morning continuing to go through relevant documentation before creating some posters for various upcoming events, including Swimming with T.O.A.Ds and Mapestry. The posters had to follow a style guide, with relevant fonts, colours and images.
Emily contacted me on Wednesday to discuss my personal project on the ponds created and restored as part of the London Dragon Finder project. She supplied me with all the relevant documents, including the habitat and species management proposals. I read through this document and compared it with the project results, to determine the best way to tackle sampling each pond. I continued this on Thursday, preparing pond survey forms for each site, and noting the information that I have for each pond. Relevant information includes the age of the pond, whether Froglife created or restored the pond, the type of liner used, and whether it is in a protected area. I also researched the accessibility of the sites, as well as the location of the pond on the site to make it easier to find upon arrival.
That brings us to Friday where I have been writing about my project for my university, as well as doing some admin work, inputting evaluation data from previous events. I will also be researching the last couple of Dragon Finder sites, so I will be ready to get sampling next week!
Come back next week for more updates on what I’m getting up to!