We don’t just do protected species work we are also asked to have various conservation and education assignments too. Here our Managing Director and Principal Ecologist, Sue Searle, tells us about some of the work she has been doing over the last few weeks…
“A couple of weeks ago I went up to Barnstaple in North Devon to assess a community woodland and give management suggestions for North Devon District Council. I spent most of the day walking over the site, taking notes of species, potential habitat for various species, and areas to work on to enhance the site for wildlife and people. The management plan and wildlife report I prepared gave a clear set of objectives for the site and its ongoing management including coppicing, removing invasive species and enhancing the site for dormice, bats, butterflies and of course, people.
This week I went up to Bicclescombe Park in Ilfracombe and taught 2 groups of 50 Year 4 school children all about minibeasts which is part of the National Curriculum. Having studied entomology extensively before setting up Acorn Ecology it was great to share my passion for insects with the youngsters. The energy and enthusiasm of young children is wonderful to watch and to inspire them with new knowledge is brilliant!
It also brought back fond memories of when I ran a Wildlife Watch group for Devon Wildlife Trust for 10 years prior to me even going to university and becoming an ecologist. My passion for wildlife has been with me all my life.
I also love teaching and we run regular ecology courses, many of which I teach. We are so lucky to have such lovely sites to visit in Devon – watching hobbies and marsh harriers at Exminster Marshes and counting orchids at Belvedere Meadows in Exeter last week whist sharing my knowledge with others was amazing! Next month I am teaching Beginners Botany in Guildford and Hampshire too on some stunning wildlife sites.
It is so great to have such a varied career and range of clients with interesting jobs for us to help them with. ”