Yesterday was my last day at work. I have worked for my current employer for the last nineteen and a half years, managing a variety of nature reserves and habitats.
At the age of eleven I began helping out in a small nature reserve located in the town I grew up in. I then started cycling 13 miles at weekends and school holidays to work as a volunteer for The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, talking to visitors in the birdwatching hides and undertaking some practical management tasks.
When I left school I worked for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds for two years on a work placement scheme and after that I returned to The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and worked for them for two years. After leaving WWT I began working for what was at the time Nature Conservancy Council (my current employer).
A colleague noticed another strange coincidence yesterday that reinforces my belief that I am doing the right thing….the expiry date on my staff pass is January 2010!!