New wildlife recruit at Woods Mill

Rachel Knott with Mark Monk-Terry
Rachel Knott with Mark Monk-Terry

A NEW recruit has been chosen for Sussex Wildlife Trust’s one-year volunteer scheme based at Woods Mill near Small Dole.

Rachel Knott, 23, from Brighton, is the new volunteer assistant reserves officer, a role that will teach her valuable skills and practical conservation experience to help her find a job in the rural community.

Rachel will work towards a diploma in environmental conservation and receive on-the-job training in coppicing, scrub cutting, animal husbandry and livestock handling as well as off-road driving and first aid, working with the SWT’s land management team.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to learn practical countryside management, gain valuable new skills, and work towards my chainsaw licence,” said Rachel.

“This training will be a great asset and afterwards I hope to find a job as a ranger or warden.”

Rachel will be leading a wildlife walk to celebrate National Countryside Week with reserve officer Steve Tillman on July 16 at Woods Mill nature reserve.

The walk is free but booking is essential and places are limited.

To book call Georgie on 01273 497507.