I am so thankful for getting the opportunity to go to Froglife for work experience. Being at Froglife for two weeks taught me several different skills used in jobs. It helped me improve my concentration, time management as well as communication with others. I was taught how different jobs work from office jobs to conservation work.
My Name is Saffron and this is what my two weeks of working at Froglife looked like:
Monday 6th March 2017: Monday was the first day I was working at Froglife. I was slightly nervous but then I felt more at ease when I was introduced to everyone that was there and was explained what exactly their jobs consisted of.
Tuesday 7th March 2017: Tuesday involved doing office jobs for a number of employees at Froglife. I sorted out folders, transferred slides onto a computer, made website updates and some other jobs.
Wednesday 8th March 2017: I was involved with the Green Pathway project. We went to a Reserve that was about an hour drive away where we met a group of children who were excited to see what was in store. First we played a ball game that boosted team work that helped for the next challenge. The next challenge was to create a picture using only thing that they found in the area around them. Everyone was really eager to climb the hills and walk around the area. It was a brilliant day out for everyone involved.
Thursday 9th March 2017: This was the first day that I went to Hampton Nature reserve. Once everyone arrived at the meeting point, we headed towards the pond which was being re dug to form a new pond. There was lots of hard work to try and move hibernating newts and other animals so they were not hurt. There were several great crested newts and lizards. We studied the way they looked and what area the animal was in.
Friday 10th March 2017: An employee of Froglife took me round different places such as allotments to see what exactly Froglife do other than look after large Nature reserves. One place I was taken to was Boardwalks where I was shown around the most of the Nature Reserve. The person who took me around explained how they resolve the issue of dogs stirring up ponds also how they are dealing with the aftermath of Storm Doris.
Monday 13th March 2017: I spent the day at the office continuing jobs that I did not complete. Some jobs that I did throughout the day was sorting out folders, transferring slides onto a computer and sorting out Toad Patrollers ID.
Tuesday 14th March 2017: Again the day was all office based. There was many jobs that needed doing for different people. Some were difficult some were easy but they all were necessary.
Wednesday 15th March 2017: I was involved with Green Pathway project. We went to Summer Leys. A bit of a path was closed due to Sand Matins nesting, disappointingly we didn’t see any. With the young people we visited many different bird hides to study the birds in and out of the water also butterflies. On one of the islands there was a group a sheep used for grazing. As we went around the reserve we were taught about different animals we saw as well as plants and trees.
Thursday 16th March 2017: This was the last day that I went to Hampton Nature Reserve. There were more volunteers this week and we went to the other half of the Nature Reserve. Tree branches that were blown down were removed from their spot and moved to the area we were at. A fire was started and tree branches were chopped and moved into the fire to burn. The fire was a perfect chance to cook some potatoes and marshmallows to eat. The fire blazed throughout the day and more tree branches were needed. That day built up my confidence because before work experience I would never have done it willingly in fear of failure or being burnt.
Friday 17th March 2017: Today was my final day of working at Froglife. I spent the morning typing up this blog.
I am sad it is over but Grateful for what everyone at Froglife has done for me. I would like to thank everyone at Froglife for everything they have done for me as I have had so many new experiences and learnt new skills. It was one of the best experiences of my life so far.