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Photos of the Week: the Wildlife Skills Trainees

July 12, 2015

The four Wildlife Skills Trainees have just finished our first full week with our respective teams in Dorset Wildlife Trust and we thought we would share our photos of the week to give you a flavour of what we’ve been getting up to. It’s been quite first week!

Spending much of her time at the Chesil Beach Centre, Sophie was bound to come across some pretty spectacular marine life. Her first week was no exception, spotting a giant barrel jellyfish in the fleet!

Barrel jellyfish in the Fleet with Portland in the distance – © Sophie Franks

Amy and Christina, the new practical conservation trainees, did their spraying training this week, hence Amy’s photo of the week being the pair suited and booted in these outfits! As Amy puts it: ‘An intense and stressful day was made that little bit more entertaining by feeling super professional and super ridiculous all at the same time!’

Amy and Christina suited and booted for their pesticide training - © Amy Brocklehurst

Amy and Christina suited and booted for their pesticide training – © Amy Brocklehurst

Christina’s photo of the week comes from a search for a rather special plant in the wilds of south Dorset, the bog orchid. This was a really great find, and is leaving me rather jealous!

Looking for a needle in a haystack - Britain's smallest native orchid, the bog orchid - © Christina Bowdler

Looking for a needle in a haystack – Britain’s smallest native orchid, the bog orchid – © Christina Bowdler

My photo of the week opportunity arose when a trip to Brownsea was in order to set up for the residential with the Devon, Wiltshire and Somerset trainees next week. Having not been to Brownsea in years, I was pretty pleased to see load of red squirrels, and this one was particularly enjoying a munch on the food outside the villa window!

A red squirrel enjoying a feast at the window, and posing perfectly for its picture! - © Jack Bedford

A red squirrel enjoying a feast at the window, and posing perfectly for its picture! – © Jack Bedford

We hope you’ve enjoyed seeing a bit about what we’ve been up to, and we’ll update you next week with what happened on our trip to Brownsea Island!

Jack

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