I think lots of people have a strong connection to the place where they grew up, and as a child I loved being out in this landscape, and so working here just feels very much like home. And it’s nice to be part of something that I enjoyed as a youngster, and now am helping to push into the future.
I love the sunsets here, too. It’s very flat so there’s a lot of sky, and the weather and the light change very quickly so you get some beautiful views. It’s wonderful to be out in all the different weathers; sometimes the day can be quite bleak and other times it can be absolutely picture perfect. It’s full of wonderful wildlife as well, like deer and otters, so it’s a lovely place to be.
The landscape here is a mosaic of different habitats, from the woodland pockets to the grassy fields, to the scrubby areas in between, but the water is really the lifeblood of the reserve that flows through the middle. Early in the mornings, when it’s peaceful and you can hear the birdsong, it’s such a special time, and when I get to be out on the water it’s such a relaxing moment with the sound of the reeds going past and the general calmness of being on the water. I’m very lucky.