I started volunteering with the Wildlife Trust BCN in winter 2018. Being a biologist and photographer, but not working in the field at that time, I was looking for opportunities to keep myself engaged with natural sciences. I got involved in man orchid surveys first, helping to assess the population across Totternhoe Nature Reserve. I also participated in slow worm surveys, helping with spreading the tiles across the Nature reserve and later checking them during the season. Another exciting opportunity was when conducting frog orchid surveys on Dunstable downs.
I had the chance to be part of group surveys organized by Wildlife Trust staff, and also self-led surveys of butterflies at Totternhoe and Sewell Nature Reserves. This opened up all new possibilities to stay outdoors, take pictures and familiarize myself with local fauna and flora.