Tom Hickey has now completed his work-based apprenticxehip with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority Rangers based at Stonedykes Barn near Settle. Tom has been an excellent asset to the Authority; getting involved not only in day-to-day practical countryside management tasks, but taking a wider interest in the work of the Authority and helping out with numerous learning and engagement activities. Tom also achieved a qualification in Environmental Consevration with Craven Colledge. Although not funded through Stories in Stone, Tom’s apprenticeship was extended by 6 months leading to him splitting his time between the southern and western parts of the National Park, enabling him to widen his experience. Tom has just been appointed as Access Ranger in the Westmorland Dale area of the National Park, he should be very proud of what he has achieved.
Chloë Lumsdon finished her traineeship at Ingleborough National Nature Reserve this quarter. Over her traineeship Chloë has achieved a level 4 qualification in Biological recording and species identification, as well as many surveying successes on the reserve. Notably, Chloë has completed a survey of waxcaps and other associated fungi. As a result twenty-nine species of waxcaps were found, which makes the site of international importance for its waxcap grassland assemblage. In addition to all her vocational training, Chloë has been continuing to carry out moth trapping when the weather is suitable. She has worked with the Natural England volunteers and has been analysing data collected on small pearl-bordered fritillary butterflies on Swarth Moor SSSI earlier this year. We are very pleased that Chloë has successfully found employment with the National Trust team at Malham Tarn.