Work Experience goes Wild

Hedd Thomas at Parc Slip

Hedd Thomas at Parc Slip

Red Kite by Charles Thody

Red Kite by Charles Thody

My name is Hêdd Thomas and I am doing a weeks work experience with The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales. I’m 15 years old and currently doing my GCSE’s in school. I enjoy studying subjects such as geography and biology and I spend my time practicing wildlife photography. I hope in the future to have a job in conservation.

Since I was little I have always had a passion for wildlife. My interest for wildlife most likely sparked from the countless nature shows my mother and I watched. The interest only grew when I started to read more about them from numerous books and articles. My favourite type of animal is any type of ape due to their extraordinary intelligence and problem solving skills. I also like predatory birds such as the red kite and buzzard.

The Wildlife Trust caught my attention as it was dedicated to nature. This interested me as my dream job is anything to do with conservation, I was finally able to experience what it would be like for me to work in these type of jobs. The experience also allowed me to try many different roles within conservation some of which I never considered before.

The first job I had was to locate false lapwing eggs which were placed to deter predators from eating the real eggs. The plan was to make the predators associate the real eggs with inedible food as that is what they would experience with the false eggs. My next job was to locate blue pipe like objects in a field so they could be examined by scientists. I also saw an adder for the first time which was highly interesting.

After working at The Wildlife Trust I would still like to work in the conservation industry. This experience has furthered my interest and knowledge in nature.