Nestled in the heart of the city of Bristol is the Grow Wilder site, a haven for wildlife and a haven for people. I love it there! Even though I was initially nervous about volunteering at the site, not knowing anyone, it was always so much fun.
I love the abundance of wildflowers, an array of colours providing lives for pollinators of all kinds. I love the grand trees full of birds; a stage for their beautiful songs. I love the ponds in which fascinating creatures dart about, unique to their watery world. I also love the team at Avon Wildlife Trust, with their friendly, enthusiastic attitudes and creative ideas.
Perhaps my favourite experience was when we all went to Aardman Studios. We worked all day on my first volunteer experience, transforming a pond for the better. I even wore waders - it felt like the ‘real deal’! We found all sorts of animals including newts, toads and frogs. The bonuses kept on coming; free delicious meals in the café and a really cool tour of the studios.
Another interesting experience with AWT was when we were searching through owl poo pellets. Sounds disgusting, right? In reality, it was a really good way of learning about their diet. The bones we found were fascinating!