As we now move into the middle of October, I cannot believe I only have 5 weeks left at Froglife! The end of my traineeship is just around the corner, and I can definitely say the past year has really flown by! I am in the process of writing up my Traineeship Report and putting together my Traineeship presentation which I will present to Froglife staff and Froglife Trustees. I am enjoying looking back on my traineeship and all the things I have accomplished in the past year, and although the year has been and gone in a flash, I have still managed to do so much and be involved in so many aspects of the project and gain experience.
In September, I was involved again in running several volunteer sessions on the Come Forth for Wildlife project as part of my Public Engagement Module. I ran two joint sessions with TCV’s EPIC group in Clackmannanshire at Gartmorn Dam and Menstrie Community Woodlands. These sessions went well, and we got a lot done, including hibernacula creation, vegetation removal in the ponds, litter picking and scything! I also ran a session at Drumbowie Community Park where the volunteers created a hibernaculum near the pond that was put in back in January.
Throughout September I spent a lot of my time on different training courses to further my skills and increase my knowledge. I joined TCV on their Brushcutter and Trimmers training course for two days where I learnt all about Brushcutters and trimmers, how to use them, how to maintain them and much more! I now have my Brushcutter and Trimmers Certificate! I also finished my Wild Teams Project Management in Wildlife Conservation training course which I found really interesting and helpful in terms of working on a project in the conservation sector. Finally, I completed NCVO’s Good Practice in Volunteer Management which again I found really useful. I also presented the key points from this in a staff meeting.