After a few years of uncertainty and frustration, I gained a job in 2015 as a full time ecologist with a wonderful company in the south of England. I loved the work and I loved the people I worked with. However, having found the stability of a permanent job, I left in March 2016 to become a self-employed freelance ecologist. I love working, but I equally love my freedom, and the long commute to London coupled with rising train fares made me realise I would be happier working for myself.

I gained my Class 1 bat licence in 2015, and I have now achieved three of this years’ aims – getting my Class 1 great crested newt and dormouse licences, and my Class 2 bat licence. Ecology work is varied, interesting, and full of surprises; you are outside in nice weather (sometimes bad); and you have report writing and survey data to keep your brain working. It is very rewarding and fun work.

My ultimate aim is to run my own country estate, from tenants, farmers and conservation, to shooting, trail-riding and forestry. Failing that, I will be content to own my own conservation woodland and a lovely old cottage in the middle of nowhere!

I have a great interest in folklore, myths and legends, history and the natural world. I go horse-riding whenever I can, walking as much as I can, and cross-stitch in whatever free time is left.

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