#30DaysWild: adventures of two work experience students part 2

From mid-February to mid-March 2015, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust’s Marketing Team had two work experience students join us from the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy in Coventry: Rosa and Roxy. Their month with us seemed like the ideal time to do a trial run of 30 Days Wild, especially as they wouldn’t have really described themselves as connected to nature at the beginning of the month. However, they were very up for a new challenge and got straight into the spirit of 30 Days Wild. Over three nights we are posting some of the highlights from their month, and we’ve also uploaded some videos of their adventures to our Youtube channel.

Rosa and Roxy - copyright Matt Cox (WWT) 2015
Rosa and Roxy – copyright Matt Cox (WWT) 2015

Volunteering – by Rosa Gurnett

Today I joined forces with a group of young volunteers to help them to carry out some scrub clearing at Claybrookes Marsh, Coventry, and learn more about their thoughts on volunteering with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. We arrived, with a very chilly group of students as the day’s weather was less than bright. However this factor didn’t seem to deter them, and as soon as we were given our tools everyone got stuck in, gladly sawing down trees and trimming pesky roots.

Young volunteers hard at work - copyright Rosa Gurnett 2015
Young volunteers hard at work – copyright Rosa Gurnett 2015

During my placement at the Trust, it’s been a brilliant experience to travel to various nature reserves and meet the people who tend to them. But what I’ve ultimately enjoyed is getting my own hands dirty. A few months ago I would never have imagined that I’d want to take part in volunteering that involved such manual labour, but now I can’t wait to revisit Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and take part in more conservation work! I found it very therapeutic, and was fully focused on the single task at hand, it relieved me from stress and even relaxed me. Also it was fantastic to see the work complete, and I had a certain sense of accomplishment  and could enjoy it with awesome like-minded people.

Young volunteers hard at work - copyright Rosa Gurnett 2015
Young volunteers hard at work – copyright Rosa Gurnett 2015

To hear more about my volunteering experiences, see my blog post on volunteering – Got the Gear to Volunteer?

Watch out tomorrow evening for a new post from Rosa and Roxy about the novelty of working outside. And remember to keep us updated on your 30 days using #30DaysWild on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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