Hello everyone, I’m Lizy the new Assistant Ranger at St. Abb’s Head and I’ll be working here for the next few months. I’m really looking forwards to getting down and dirty with the St. Abb’s Team after spending the last two summers working as a Ranger at Hopetoun House near Edinburgh, an altogether more civilised affair! I am very lucky to have the chance to come and work here after finishing my summer contract, and this placement will hopefully help me to get some valuable experience over the winter months. Being from Edinburgh I’ve been to St. Abb‘s Head many times over the years, and I’m keen to get to know it better, and to give something back to a place that has given me a lot of fond memories.
Most of the work Liza and Jack have planned for me will be outdoor practical tasks, as many of the wildlife surveys are finished for the year and this is the time when we catch up with improving the reserve infrastructure and doing practical habitat management. So far I’ve already been covered in mud helping Jack to improve paths around the Mire Loch. I’m also really looking forwards to controlling the gorse which has started to invade the species rich grasslands which are such an important part of the property.