by James Jordan, Bournemouth University.
Working with GWCT on their Smolt run at Frome river was a valuable experience which allowed me to develop my understanding of aquatic ecology. I was able to develop my fish identification skills and improve my data collection skills during the trapping shifts. There was also the opportunity to develop my data management skills and gain insights on how data is stored on long-term research projects, such as SAMARCH. I also had the opportunity to learn about all aspects of their system to collect salmonid data, from the bubble wall, to operating the wolf trap. The Smolt run placement equipped me with skills that will be crucial to securing a job within the environmental sector.