We have had the absolute delight of welcoming two new members of staff in the last few months.
Alice Midmore has joined us as Conservation Officer on our Ceredigion reserves. She works part-time, sharing her role with Em Foot.
She tells us a little about her new role, what she is looking forward to most and her background:
“My role is running the work parties for Ceredigion Nature Reserves and assisting with their overall management. I originally trained and then worked in conservation 15 years ago where I worked for Sheffield Wildlife Trust as a Ranger in the city. I have since worked as a self employed carpenter and tutor running projects and courses with different groups of people. I come from Ceredigion originally and have wanted to return to the area and to conservation and am looking forward to combining my practical and people skills in this new role. I am also looking forward to being able to make a positive difference to the people and wild places of Ceredigion.”
We also extend a very warm welcome to Phil Harries who has recently joined the Mid-Wales Red Squirrel Project as a Grey Squirrel Officer.
“I have been actively involved in the red squirrel project since 2004,trapping reds, collecting hair samples for DNA analysis, also taking blood samples for identifying para pox virus in the grey squirrel population. I hope that through my position I will be able to pass on my knowledge with the younger generation and volunteers.
I have been involved in the forestry industry for most of my working life, starting out tree felling, progressing to running my own harvesting teams. I then became a forester on a private estate, eventually becoming the forestry manager, until the estate was sold a few years ago.
In my spare time I am a keen motorcyclist. I am heavily involved in the Blood Bikes Wales charity, as an area rep, rider and fundraiser. The charity is completely voluntary offering an out of hour’s emergency courier service to the NHS.
In the few weeks that I have held the position of squirrel officer, I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the rest of the team that are as passionate as I am for the preservation of the endangered red squirrel.”
We are delighted to welcome these two skilled and knowledgeable individuals to the Trust and look forward to seeing them settle in their new roles.
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