I am a second year Marine Biology student at Newcastle University and for my research and employability skills module I was required to undertake a week long placement. Many placements were offered all over the country and I chose to complete mine with the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust where I worked with Steve Ashton the people and wildlife manager.
My project for the week was to create a guide to the wading and coastal birds of Redcar. I had never visited Redcar and did not realise it contained so many important habitats that support such a large and varied array of bird life.
One of my goals when setting out on this placement was to create a piece of work that would be of use to the Trust and I enjoyed challenging myself by improving my research skills, working independently and learning how to convey scientific information to a public audience. All the staff members were welcoming and helpful and I would highly recommend working with the trust to anyone.