A Focus On Nature

Becky O’Melia

Becky has always loved nature and has been determined to have a career in this sector since age 5. She gained a BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour from the University of Chester. After six weeks volunteering on a wildlife reserve in South Africa in 2008 she discovered how rewarding introducing children to nature can be and decided to take her career in the direction of community engagement. Since returning from South Africa she has spent a summer volunteering at the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre in Wales, 3 months volunteering with Groundwork South on board the Elsdale Floating Classroom, and now works for the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust running public engagement activities for all ages and backgrounds on a busy nature reserve. Becky is a Level 3 Forest School Leader who is passionate about teaching children and adults about the world that surrounds them and how to use it in a sustainable way which works alongside wildlife. She aspires to use her skills to engage people who don’t realise the importance of their natural environment and perhaps inspire the next great conservationist. She is currently studying part time for a Masters in Behaviour Change, specialising in using people’s connection to nature to inspire them to change their behaviour in ways that positively effect the environment.

 

In her spare time Becky is usually found exploring the countryside in a pair of wellies, spending time in gardens with her friends or sitting somewhere cosy with her nose in a book.