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Introducing Nichola

- A BIG Quantock welcome to our new Volunteer Co-ordinator

Katy Coate

Posted by Katy Coate on 13 May 2013

Introducing Nichola Hello, I am Nichola and I have just started with the Quantock Hills AONB Service as the Volunteer Co-ordinator! My role with the Quantocks is in partnership with the Mendip Hills AONB too, so I spread my time equallly between both sets of hills.

I grew up locally and have fond memories of the Quantock Hills; paddling in the stream at Great Wood, picnics at Cothelstone Hill and windswept walks along the coast.

In 2003/4 I was a volunteer with the AONB, spending 2 days per week out and about with Andy and Ella, getting to know more about the hills and their management.
This affirmed my love of the countryside and led me onto a BSc in Biological Sciences from The University of Exeter where I specialised in ecology and conservation.

Since university I have worked in education; for 5 years working for the Field Studies Council, at Nettlecombe Court as a tutor and during the last year for Bridgwater College.  During my work, I regularly brought students onto the hills to look at management, conservation and to collect data for their studies.

In my spare time I love being outdoors; walking, horse riding and wildlife spotting - I’m fascinated by nature and love learning new things! I also play the violin in a community orchestra (although pretty badly - sorry neighbours!) and love crafting, in particular with fabrics.

I now live in Kingston St Mary which is great - being able to walk up into the hills straight from the door is fantastic!

I am really looking forward to developing my role and encouraging new volunteers so please come and say hello when you are out and about and get in touch if you are interested in volunteering with us. Call 01823 451884 or do get in touch via Facebook or Twitter.


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