My wildlife work experience week by Beth Coley

Beth Coley on Work Experience Placement

When most fifteen year olds go on work experience they usually end up in an area of employment that they probably won’t go into later in life, so it can often seem like a week wasted. But I really am lucky to have had this placement with Katapult and to have had a brilliant week of work experience planned for me.

At the beginning of the week I was set a project to work on the new wildlife garden which in my opinion is even prettier than in the pictures. I’ve created a monitoring form to record the wildlife that visits and to see how the garden develops. This included research on animals that are common in gardens, as if I’m being honest, before coming here I had no interest in wildlife, so the first thing I learnt was that local wildlife isn’t all just pigeons, spiders, slugs and worms!

I’ve also done some filming and photography in the garden and I feel particularly lucky to have had that opportunity. As a result, I learnt a couple of things about myself:  although it is fun, I should not be a camera-woman when I grow up and that I really enjoy photography. Not only have I been allowed to use filming equipment but I’ve been taught how to use image editing programmes. I’ve also learnt how to write a press release, which admittedly doesn’t sound as fun as filming or taking photos, but all the insight into this line of work really has been fun, and has made me see that this is the area I want to go into when I leave school.

An added bonus for me this week was meeting Simon Groom, who my mum loves!  I’ve also been able to see what a huge difference Jane Proctor from Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has made by helping everyone at Katapult transform the area at the bottom of the car park into a colourful and generally stunning wildlife garden, teeming with local wildlife. Although I’ve only been observing the wildlife garden for a week I’ve already seen house sparrows, bees, dragonflies, painted lady butterflies and blackbirds to name a few. It really does go to show that even though the area isn’t huge it can still attract wildlife of all different kinds.

Sparrow in the Wildlife Garden

I would just like to genuinely thank all the people at Katapult for this wonderful work placement and all the amazing work you’ve got me to do here.

Go to the Katapult Flickr account to view pictures of the Wildlife Garden. Beth’s film footage of the garden – coming soon.

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