My name is Oli, and I'm a MSc student reading Biodiversity and Conservation with an African Field Course at the University of Leeds in England. Before starting my post-graduate education, I trained and then worked as a safari guide in Laikipia, Kenya. Currently, I am a Volunteer Ranger for RSPB St. Aidan's. I'm really interested in bird conservation, specifically looking at flyways, but I'm also a wannabe 'rewilder'. I look forward to connecting with everyone on this course. Cheers!
MSc Student reading Biodiversity and Conservation with African Field Course, University of Leeds
Hi everybody! Currently, I am a MSc student reading Biodiversity and Conservation with an African Field Course at the University of Leeds in England. I will be completing this post-graduate degree at the end of 2021, and I'm excited and ambitious to start a career in wildlife conservation. Having grown up in the east of Suffolk on the coast of England, near nature reserves like RSPB Minsmere, I became committed to the study of the natural environment and enjoyed spending most of my free time birdwatching. Between leaving school and my BSc in Physical Geography, I trained and qualified as a professional safari guide for the Field Guide Association of Southern Africa (FGASA). After my undergraduate degree, I continued this FGASA training and then later worked in Laikipia, Kenya, hosting and leading safaris for a wilderness camp. I thoroughly enjoyed living and sharing peoples first experiences in the African bush, being able to witness as much Sub-Saharan African flora and fauna as possible. However, through my guiding experiences I become more intrigued with ways in which we could protect the wildlife we were viewing. This is one of the main reasons I decided to start a post-graduate education, and this is also how I have ended up here with the WildHub community. At the moment, I am a Volunteer Ranger for RSPB St. Aidan's, a local wetlands reserve. Within this position, I enjoy talking to local community about bird identification and habitat conservation. I'm really excited to be a part of this community and I look forward to meeting and connecting with everyone. Cheers!
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