Farewell to the RSPB

It was a lovely day as I drove home from the PDNPA office in Bakewell for the last time. I won’t miss the long commutes but I will miss that stunning landscape. I felt a bit like it was bidding me a fond farewell by putting on a show.

My overall final day yesterday didn’t quite match up, but the grey skies didn’t detract from my last office session for the RSPB, at Coombes Valley. As is the tradition, I baked a leaving cake (chocolate brownie with ganache), which was swiftly devoured. My manager Mike Shurmer came in to have a chat, collect the laptop and phone, and wish me well in the future. I have loved working with the team at Coombes; I may have been doing very different work to them (research based vs practical conservation and site management), but they welcomed me anyway and we had a lot of fun.

Besides the comradery and copious cups of tea, this internship has taught and developed some really useful skills in me. I was given structured wet grassland, GIS and project management training. Naturally I also learnt a huge amount through working in this role, including creative GIS skills, statistics, data handling, data evaluation, report writing, and of course how to survey for breeding birds.

I think I would feel more melancholy about leaving if I didn’t already have a little something up my sleeve. As they say, when one door shuts, another door opens. More information coming soon!

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