Aydan started as a Bee Connected Trainee at Bumblebee Conservation Trust which has been operating in South Kent for the last 14-years. Aydan will gain experience in the four main aims of the project; recruiting and supervising volunteers, advising land owners on improving flower rich habitat, creating and maintaining habitat suitable for bumblebees and conducting outreach events. At the end of the traineeship he will have acquired the right tools and experience to continue into a paid conservation sector job.

Aydan, 22, said:

“The paid work placement available through New to Nature is a god send! The placement will allow me to get practical experience after finishing my degree in habitat management, public outreach events, and bumblebee and wildflower surveying.

“I am looking forward to gaining my brush cutters licence and using bumblebee nets and pots, both practical skills, essential for a bumblebee ecologist.

Dr Nikki Gammans, South East Project Manager, said:

“We were very excited to secure a full-time paid traineeship with New to Nature. Aydan has gained experience in working with and recruiting volunteers, giving and undertaking habitat management with numerous land owners, learning surveying methods and organising various outreach events. He joined the traineeship full of energy and enthusiasm and is learning the skills to be able to have a successful role within the conservation sector.”

I am passionate about the environment and my dream is to conduct conservation research in the rainforest. Through the placement I hope to develop my ecological skills and build confidence in becoming a conservationist.

New to Nature is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of the celebrations to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and the King’s Coronation, delivered through a partnership of Groundwork, The Prince’s Trust, Disability Rights UK, Mission Diverse and the Youth Environmental Service.

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