Hi there! As the newly appointed Project Officer at the Lincolnshire Rivers Trust, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Paige Donnelly, I have lived in Lincolnshire all my life and adore the diversity in wild places you get in the county. My role is to assist with the delivery of projects, including those to improve water quality and natural processes within the river, with particular attention on the Bringing the Limestone Becks Back to Life Project. I decided that conserving the precious fauna and flora we have was going to be my life’s work, and so I am extremely excited to be working for the LRT helping to restore and protect Limestone Becks in Lincolnshire.
At university I studied a Master of Research degree in Endangered Species Recovery and Conservation. For my master thesis, I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Australia and carry out a camera trapping study on the spotted-tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus maculatus). During my time in Australia, in addition to working on my thesis, I volunteered as a Field Research Assistant for the Australian Quoll Conservancy for over three months. It was during this time that I realised just how much I enjoyed being outdoors within the species’ habitat, facing different challenges every day, working and fighting for nature’s survival. Species endangerment just felt more real to me than ever before, and I knew at that point I could never do anything else
After graduating I became a volunteer for several organisations to develop my knowledge, skills and gain experience, including; the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust as a Grey Seal Warden, The Riverfly Partnership as a Riverfly Monitoring Volunteer, NatureSpy as a Species Records Creator; and most recently the RSPB as a Practical Conservation and Visitor Experience Intern. As a result, I have a wide-ranging set of skills and knowledge that will enable me to fulfil the role of Project Officer and help protect and restore rivers in Lincolnshire.
I have always loved nature and felt an eagerness to explore and learn and I am a very proactive hands-on person, who doesn’t mind getting stuck in the mud. After spending my first few days with the LRT learning in detail about the river restoration movement, and meeting the friendly staff and volunteers, I can tell you I am very excited about the months ahead and can’t wait to get stuck in!