Moving on …

Reflecting on how the skills learned on the MSc in Conservation and Ecosystem Management have helped our current students in their next stage of life. Not goodbye, but au revoir

My first ever Bubble Tea (what’s that all about?) and Moon Cake with Ling before she returns to China to start her PhD using Remote Sensing and GIS to research land use over there – happily she has developed those skills while completing her dissertation on habitat mapping land classification on the Kielder Mires
Lisa and I had a fun day out on a local nature reserve, getting Lisa up to speed on the bog species before she starts her new job in Sphagnum Consulting – a company set up by her and her fellow CEM-er also from this year. Their first contract will be using their NVC mapping and GIS skills as they work on Kielder Mires

Induction week

So sad to be saying goodbye to our MSc Conservation and Ecosystem Management students – it has been a year! And also very excited to say hello to our new cohort. I hope they had a good week. Highlights for me was the talks from our current students, particularly Nico’s on Terns, then the zoom call (which I was ridiculously anxious about – but thoroughly enjoyed thanks to the speakers below). And today we went to one of my (many) favourite places in Northumberland, Hauxley – run by the Wildlife Trust – to watch the birds and walk along the beach looking for fossils and crabs!

… and anyway – we’re not saying goodbye, but hasta luego and bis später and until next time

The photo of the first pine martin captured on camera from Kielder Forest (shown on Tom’s slide above) comes from my good friend John Hartshorne. We were very excited the day he Whatsapped that to us!

Thanks to our external speakers, Marjorie Davey (Natural England); Nick Sotherton (Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust); Tom Dearnley (Forestry England) and James Common (Natural History Society of Northumberland) for sharing how students can get involved with volunteering or with dissertations. Also NOV from Gateshead who sent through a slide show

The reflections in the hooked back windows are pretty cool – just spotted them!
Always take a picture here. Seems to be a tradition

Bioblitz at Benshaw: musings on the ‘old’ and the ‘new’

Very proud of our (Biodiversity) Conservation and Ecosystem Management alumnus, Natasha Helmsley for organising an excellent Bioblitz for Northumberland Wildlife Trust up on Benshaw Moss last Sunday. I can’t really take credit for her success as I was not DPD then. Natasha also has responsibility with Kielder Wildwood, I believe, replacing her BCEM peer, Steven…And between these two sites is Hareshaw Linn where Tash did her dissertation…And at the other end of the spectrum, Bridie – who got the credit for identifying all the species in the Molinia flush – will be starting with us next week. Really looking forward to it, Bridie and everyone else.
Thanks for the chocs, btw, Tash – I was disproportionately pleased with them, you’ll go far if you give your volunteer helpers such treats!