My name is Ebony Smith and I’m the new marketing apprentice for Tame Valley Wetlands! I have been at Tame Valley for a little over a week now and I am loving every minute of it.
A little bit about me:
I am 20 years old and looking to make a career within a conservation organisation. I enjoy English, being on social media, being creative and well most of all… I LOVE to talk, a lot! I guess marketing is the perfect job for me then, as it allows me to connect with a variety of people and I always love to meet and get to know new people. I have always had a big passion for animals, whether they are wild, exotic or just your usual family pets. I, for example, have had many different sorts of pets growing up from cats to tortoises, rats to snakes, rabbits to bearded dragons and mice to a bosc monitor. In total I believe we had just over 50 reptiles plus our furry little friends as well all at once! It was literally like living in a zoo (every child’s dream right?!). To add to that, I am originally from Devon where my Grandparents still own a pony called Misty, who I loved to ride as a kid. So, no matter how big, small, scaled or smooth, I have always had a soft spot and believed that every animal in this world is entitled to their own part of the planet, therefore conserving the natural environment is just as important as protecting the animals themselves. Without this, they would not be able to exist, just like us, and so we must make it a conscious effort to maintain a fair amount of living space for the world’s animals to survive. I have strong beliefs, but I’m a laid back kind of person who I’m sure you’ll be hearing a lot from!
Now, my life doesn’t consist of so many unusual animals any more as I currently own just a dog. I shouldn’t say JUST a dog though, as my little 10 year old, brown (well ginger) haired Staffy, Rio, is the most adorable, kindest, loving and loyal dog I know, and he is definitely a man’s best friend! Especially when he likes to snog your face off… not a fan. Just to prove to you how cute he is though, I’ve added a couple of pictures!
In the short amount of time I have been with Tame Valley Wetlands (TVW), I have been out with the TameForce team twice – once here at TVW and yesterday to Hodge Lane Local Nature Reserve , visited Kingsbury Water Park, enjoyed a three day first aid course at Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve and met a wide range of people. I should just say that Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve is Warwickshire Wildlife Trust’s HQ and I would highly recommend a day out with the family there as it’s fantastic with an abundance of wildlife! The same goes for Kingsbury Water Park and Hodge Lane Local Nature Reserve, so type those names into Google and enjoy this spring and the upcoming summer weather outside, becoming one with your local nature.
I will be posting more updates about our events, our TameForce team and the things you can do to be a little closer to nature.
*TameFest Event – celebrating the Tame Valley Wetlands’ heritage – Saturday 28th May 2016 at Kingsbury Water Park! Full of free activities for all – stay tuned for updates closer to the time!*
I hope you can make it and fingers crossed the weather’s good!