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A warm welcome to Michelle!

Author: Jane Skilling
Categories: Uncategorised

Hello, my name is Michelle and I have recently started the role of Engagement Officer at River Holme Connections. I am thrilled to be a part of this fantastic team of dedicated staff and committed volunteers!

I am looking forward to raising awareness among our community about the exciting Landscape Recovery Project called Nature’s Holme, which focuses on species recovery and river restoration.  I hope to meet you all very soon to let you know more about this amazing new project that aims to restore 2800ha (about a quarter) of the landscape here in the Holme Valley and revive native keystone species including the water vole and white-clawed crayfish!

I will be delivering a variety of engagement activities including environmental education work, carrying out environmental monitoring (citizen science projects with volunteers), talking to local community groups about the work we will be doing, attending local events and consulting with landowners to propose how we can work together to deliver a range of environmental benefits across farmland and rural landscapes in the River Holme catchment area.

In my previous role, I worked for the local RSPCA as a Community and Events Fundraiser where a significant aspect of my role involved engaging with the community at events, networking with businesses and educational visits to schools and community groups.  Prior to this, after graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Zoology, I gained an array of knowledge and skills through volunteer work and employment with the RSPB, Wildlife Trust and the Broads Authority during my time in Norfolk.  I conducted species protection work for Little Terns, carried out habitat management work, completed wildlife surveys and education work.  Whilst working for Breckland District Council as an Environmental Awareness Officer, I worked with schools to help them achieve their Eco School status and delivered a range of environmental talks and workshops to different audiences.  I also developed and delivered a variety of environmental engagement projects to all ages within the community.

The Holme Valley is a very special place for both people and wildlife and has something to offer for everyone to enjoy.  I can’t wait to work with our team and community to implement long term positive environmental outcomes to strengthen our natural world for generations to come.

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