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End of season thank you!

By Taylor Wildlife, Oct 3 2018 12:50PM

In April this year, training began for the lucky candidates who had successfully interviewed for Taylor Wildlife, and had been employed as seasonal Field Assistants and Field Team Leaders.


A view from one of our upland sites.
A view from one of our upland sites.

The new recruits (and those returning) had varying degrees of fitness, navigation skills, and different ecological skill sets. An intense training week ensured that everyone had the skills necessary to carry out upland ornithological surveys before the group split up into smaller teams and travelled to the sites where they would be based for the first few weeks.


Practising navigation in relatively poor visibility
Practising navigation in relatively poor visibility

Over the next few weeks, fitness levels increased and knowledge was shared, and Field Assistants were given the opportunity to travel around some of the other sites to carry out bird, butterfly, habitat and grazing impact surveys.


As the season continued, our field teams worked through glorious sunshine, dashed out to survey in between rain showers, and settled with endless cups of tea to complete administrative tasks during periods of low cloud, drizzly rain and mist.


From this...
From this...


... to this!
... to this!

They walked through bogs and over moors, climbed munros and forded streams, examined vegetation in ancient woodlands and immature plantations, while surveying sites only accessible by 4 wheel drive, ATV, ferry, or even speedboat!



Maybe a boat would have useful at this point?
Maybe a boat would have useful at this point?

Now, as the season draws to a close, we would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all who worked with us this summer. We wish you all every success moving forward, and we'd be delighted if we had some familiar faces returning for next year's field season.



Some of the team pause for a photo on their way to begin surveys.
Some of the team pause for a photo on their way to begin surveys.

If you think you may be interested in joining Taylor Wildlife next spring, check back in December when we will begin advertising for positions to be filled in 2019.






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