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My wildlife work experience week by Beth Coley

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

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.

Special guests Simon Groom and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust open Katapult’s new Wildlife Garden

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Katapult team with Simon Groom, Blue Peter and Jane Proctor, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

We officially launched our newly created wildlife garden on Wednesday with some special guests invited along to cut the red ribbon and welcome in the butterflies and hedgehogs.

With many of us being the outdoorsy animal loving types and having environmental concerns high on the business agenda, we have really enjoyed getting advice from Derbyshire Wildlife Trust on ways of providing a safe haven for wildlife in the garden.

Special guests to the garden on Wednesday included Simon Groom, who was reminiscing his green-fingered days in the Blue Peter garden back in the 1980’s, along with Jane Proctor, Marketing and Resource Development Manager at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust who has been advising us for the past few months.

Jane Proctor, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and Simon Groom, Blue Peter

Fragrant plants such as honeysuckle, lavender, lemon grass, rosemary and sage will encourage different varieties of insect which will in turn attract bats in the evening. Various wildflower varieties have also been planted to encourage different species of butterfly and bee during the day. Wildlife habitats have also been created to include log piles for hedgehogs, toad houses and insect lodges.

The new garden area complete with wooden seating and multiple bird tables has also provided us with a sweet-scented and inspirational area for the team and visiting clients to work and relax in – and hopefully spot some rare species.

We hope that our modest garden will inspire other businesses in Derby, including those with limited outside space, to get advice on what they can do to protect, encourage and monitor the wildlife in the city; wildlife conservation does not have to be difficult, expensive or time consuming to make a big difference in the local area.

Dawn Foote, Katapult managing director said: ‘We met with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust earlier in the year to look at how as a local business we could support their fabulous work, an immediate project was advising us on the renovation of the Katapult garden as to how we turn our city centre garden into a wildlife haven. It’s now a beautiful area that not only the wildlife can enjoy but our team and clients can too. I am looking forward to seeing it flourish, a family of hedgehogs moving in, the butterflies and the Derby peregrines paying us a visit’.

Simon Groom said: ‘I think Katapult’s initiative to create an urban wildlife garden, in conjunction with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, is inspirational. Living on a farm, I’m lucky to see hares, curlews and barn-owls, but I believe it’s equally important to attract a wide variety of wildlife to urban areas. So far, I’ve only seen photos of the new garden, but am looking forward to having a guided tour on Wednesday, after performing the official opening. I’m sure this beautiful corner of Derby will soon be a big hit with both the human and wildlife population!’

Big thanks to both Jane and Simon for all their help and advice. Have a listen below to Simon Groom’s opening speech and interviews with BBC Radio Derby’s Aleena Naylor.

Simon Groom’s Opening Speech by Katapultltd

Wildlife Garden Interviews by Katapultltd

Bee in the Katapult Wildlife Garden

If you’re an individual or business looking to do something similar, then get in touch with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust who can help by giving advice on suitable plants for the size of space you have available and the wildlife you want to attract.

Over the coming months, the Katapult team will be documenting the wildlife that comes into the area with videos and photographs and regular updates here on the blog.

Check out our Katapult Flickr feed for more pictures of Wednesday and of the garden.