Hi Butterfly enthusiasts and nature lovers!
My name is Rosie, I would like to introduce myself as the 2015 Large Blue Volunteer Ranger. I arrived in Somerset from the University of Reading, having just finished my undergraduate degree in Human and Physical Geography, I am excited to build on my conservation skills with such a fantastic organisation. My Geography degree offered me skills from Human and Physical Geography as well as Environmental Science, which has allowed me flexibility in the areas I chose to study.
I spent the last year working on my wonderfully long dissertation of colonising Butterflies, Dragonflies, Damselflies and Ground Beetles of a site in Oxfordshire known as the “River of Life Project”. This sparked an interest into ecology and I am hoping this opportunity with the National Trust will give me a strong basis to begin my Masters in Species Identification and Survey skills next year. It has been an amazing 3 years at University and I am excited to get started on this incredible Project following the story of the Large Blue butterfly and the variety of other creepy crawlies and wildlife I will come across during my time in lovely Somerset.
I would like to be a friendly face and point of call to those of you who will make the journey to Collard Hill, alongside me there will be group of fantastic National Trust Volunteers of whom some will be familiar faces alongside some very welcome new volunteers. My role consists of monitoring the population using a pre designed transect route, that I am sure many of you have walked before, as well as this I will be happy to talk to and aid any of you welcome visitors around the beautiful site.
I will be updating the post regularly to ensure the latest information on the Large Blue’s emergence is relayed to you. I shall also be posting anything of interest that I find or see on site and hopefully capture some good photos to post alongside! Equally any contribution of photos that you may take on your visit to Collard Hill can be emailed to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I shall be happy to post!
My first few days here have been fruitful in the variety of plants and wildlife I have seen, here are a selection of my pictures I would like to share with you… there’s sure to be more to come in the coming days while we await the Large Blue!
Hope to see many of you soon!