Leading and influencing in the right way

Leading and influencing in the right way

I love it, but working in conservation isn’t easy. When you care deeply about the natural world, it’s hard to hear about the damage we humans are doing to the planet; whether it be plastic in the oceans, the global increase in CO2 emissions, or the decline of so many...
Getting organised

Getting organised

For me, my conservation career is a vocation. Its far more than your standard 9-5. I have wanted to be a conservationist for as long as I can remember. Admittedly, the pay isn’t great (that’s an understatement) but I feel lucky to have a job that I genuinely love, and...
Getting things done

Getting things done

It is clear that we are in the midst of an ecological crisis. The recent State of Nature report made for difficult reading if you’re a conservationist. Despite our supposed love of nature, Britain is now regarded as one of the most biologically impoverished countries...
Volunteers – help or a hindrance?

Volunteers – help or a hindrance?

This week Barry is talking about the concept of ‘getting the right people on the bus’. When you’re early in your conservation career you might wonder if this is really relevant. Let’s face it, you’re more likely to be the one being recruited, than vice versa; but I...
The importance of being positive

The importance of being positive

There’s a quote in chapter 1 of Lead Like Mary that I love: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizen can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” For me, that quote, from American cultural Anthropologist Margaret Meade,...