The things I enjoy are part of my work as well, so it doesn’t feel unbalanced. The balance may be heavily tipped towards wildlife but that’s great for wellbeing. When I’m not at work, I still like to be active and be outside. I’ll often go jogging in the morning and being sociable is important too; in work I’m often away from other people. I do like to bring the outdoors in at home, whether that’s nice photographs or paintings of wildlife on the wall, or dried reeds from work in the home to make it look more beautiful! I’m always surrounded by the outdoors.
I always try to continue protecting wildlife, so I like to help with any surveys that are going on, whether it be recording nests to build up data on bird breeding or recording bats to help map their distribution across the UK. On my in-laws’ farm, they’re making space for wildlife so I go and record what’s there too; I have a butterfly transect, and I record the birds and bats there and so on. Citizen science, I suppose you could call it.
Being on my in-laws’ farm is important for family, and if you can be of help as well it’s important! As well as helping with the business side, I like to encourage help for wildlife as well, and I love giving them space on the farm to let nature take over.