By Arabella Hall
Truly one of the best placements I have ever had the pleasure to attend. Interesting and meaningful work supplemented by wonderful staff has meant the two weeks have flown by in a flash. Upon hearing plans to safely stand in water with an anode emitting 200 volts, one would not think it feasible. However, I have instead marvelled at the science of electrofishing unearthing species from Bullhead to Sea Trout to Pike, and of course the intended sample group of Salmon and Trout parr.
Further to this, the education received upon the intricacies of chalk river conservation and its importance to not only the River Frome’s catchment area, but to further afield habitats has been second to none. The privilege of being a part of a project which has been running for as long as I have been alive, all while discussing between, learning from, and debating with experts in their respective fields was an extraordinary opportunity. I could not recommend this placement more; it has been a fascinating learning curb and an absolute pleasure.