Week 2 check in

Hello! A note about an upcoming UK bank holiday, a poll and our group agreement.

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Hello, 

I hope you are all well. I want to check in with you and see how you are all getting on. A few things to share with you: 

1. Bank holiday 🦓: One live session falls on a bank holiday in the UK, the 25th May. Live sessions will run as normal that day, but we will also put on an extra live session on Wednesday 26th May at 11am BST. Apologies if this means you can't make it this week, you can request a live session by putting your name on this sheet. 

2. Quick poll 🐷: Which of the following would help you achieve more conservation impact over the course of your career?

On-ground experience
Ecological knowledge
Funds
Skills

Please comment below and add extra options you think are missing. 

3. Group agreement 🐘: Below is our group agreement, a combination of your suggestions about ways we can make this training more enjoyable and impactful. If you would ever like to add or take anything away from this please say - this is your group agreement, it applies to Lucy and me too. 

I hope you are having good weeks. 

All the best, 

Beth 🦘

 

Beth Robinson

WildLearning Specialist, WildTeam

I'm a WildLearning Specialist with WildTeam, a bit of a odd job title. My main role is to design, deliver and organise both our online and class-based training workshops. One of the best parts of my job is meeting other conservationists and learning about the work that they do. I really enjoy geeking out reading teaching theory and thinking about ways I can more creatively and engagingly deliver learning. Before working for WildTeam I did a PhD in invasive plants and human wildlife interactions. I find it really interesting to learn about the ways people interact with nature, both when nature is being wonderful, but also when is is being a bit annoying!
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Go to the profile of Heather Chang
over 1 year ago

Hi Beth,

For myself I think skills are definitely going to make the most impact for me, as I don't know that I'll ever head back to school for a degree in biology at this point in my life.

Go to the profile of Lucinda clarke
over 1 year ago

Hi Beth,

I think all of the above would apply for me, but most important would be on-ground experience and skills as i was never good at school and wouldnt be thrilled about going back, but they would probably all coincide with one another evntually.

Go to the profile of Daniele Clifford
over 1 year ago

Hi,

I think you need a combitation of all of them as they're all valuable and linked. It's almost impossible to achieve more conservation impact without funds (no matter how much experience/knowledge/skills you have), but equally you're unlikely to get funding if you can't demonstrate that you have the experience/ecological knowledge/skills to make the desired impact.

On-ground experience will enable you to gain more skills and ecological knowledge ("learning on the job") and vice versa, having theoretical ecological knowledge and skills will enable you to gain more experience (you'll be more employable), all helping you achieve more conservation impact.

(Beth - I think you may have made a little typo. I presume the extra live session will be on Wednesday 27th May (the 26th is a Tuesday)? :) )

Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
over 1 year ago

Opps! Hope I didn't confuse anyone too much. 

Go to the profile of Aimee Hill
over 1 year ago

Hi Beth,

All 4 are so important but I think for me, at the early stages of conservation the main thing I would need more of is on-ground experience! I guess ecological knowledge could be a more fluid fun thing as I've always wanted to get better at spotting bird species. 

Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
over 1 year ago

I'm trying to get better at bird calls, but I find it hard! 

Go to the profile of Katherine Hampton
over 1 year ago

Hi Beth,

I think that on-ground experience would definitely help me to give the most impact. I am a handson for learning person and love to be out doing things than only reading about them in theory. Also, skills would be of great advantage and I guess it's kind of like chicken and the egg as you need to learn the base skills to effectively deliver on the ground work, but at the same time, developing skills through on the ground experiences I think only helps to make your impact greater.

Go to the profile of Joshua Clark
over 1 year ago

Hi Beth, 

I think for myself the on-ground experience would be most helpful, though the others are always in need of improvement and are super important! Being a recent graduate definitely biases me towards a lack of relevant work experience and the extra aptitude one gains from it. 

Go to the profile of Alexander Denney
over 1 year ago

Hi Beth 

I think for myself in the current stage of my career on-ground experience and funds are the most important. I would put funds as slightly higher only because as to get the most impactful on-ground experience usually requires a financial commitment. I have found that conservation does seem to be full of very expensive volunteering or unpaid internships. 

Go to the profile of Nicola Williamson
over 1 year ago

Hi Beth, 

I think on the ground experience is the most important tool in a conservationists kit.  You have to understand how the ecology and impacts you want to achieve fit within the local and wider social context.  i think most conservation efforts will only be sucessful if the local commmunity are on board and are part of the process and it also helps to get politcal support and a wider level.

Hi Beth,

I think ecological knowledge and on-ground experience are very important to have impact, which both go hand in hand really. We really need to know the area that we are working, very well, to be able to have any impact really. Understanding where its crucial and where efforts are needed. As well as funds, obviously. 

Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
over 1 year ago

Thank you all for your thoughtful replies :)