Hello all. I haven't posted in a while as I've been busy working away at year 2 coursework. Units I'm currently taking are the management of fresh water, coastal and farm habitats. Also doing units on deer management, livestock, chainsaw (CS30) and greenwood crafts. After Christmas I believe we'll be starting the ecological applications unit I'm looking forward to, as well as environmental interpretation and urban habitat ecology.
Some highlights: haven't done much practical work but we have spent a lot more time outdoors already for the various units, such as undertaking a River Habitat Survey at Stockbridge Marsh. Went to a talk as part of the course from the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust on their Waders for Real project. The chainsaw unit is going pretty good and I've surprised myself if I'm being honest, since I never thought I could wield one without chopping off an extremity. Got to wrestle some Wiltshire horn recently as part of the livestock unit. Also slowly getting back into woodcraft since it's part of the course, which is good as I pretty much put that on halt. So far the year has gone alright and grades are consistent with last year. Hoping to aim for D* at the end of everything.
At the start of January I'll be doing my second work placement, this time a bit closer to home at Avon Heath Country Park.
I've applied for ecology at Bournemouth uni, but the likelihood is I'll be doing the degree at Sparsholt which is fine by me. There's just a lot of pros and cons to weigh up.