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Tom Koszak


My name is Tom Koszak and I have been a Wildlife Watch member for almost all my life. I have always enjoyed going outside and been interested by wildlife. When I was around six years old, I joined a Watch group in Staffordshire, near Rugeley.


Tom KoszakSince being a part of that group I have been able to try out so much; from pond dipping to craft making and studying the wildlife and the woodlands within the center, to mention just a few. I still go along to the Watch group to this day, helping the leader and the children that come to the sessions once a month; sometimes I even run my own sessions, which is great experience.

 

In the summer of 2015 I was lucky enough to spend a week having work experience at the Wolseley centre, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust. I learnt so many different skills and was able to meet various staff around the site. It was very interesting to see what I would have to do if I decided to pursue a career in this area; such as mapping out parts of Staffordshire, working outside on parts of the center and helping out with school groups.


Two of the activities I enjoyed the most that week were working with the volunteers and the Nature Tots. Alongside the volunteer, one of the jobs I was able to help out with was the digging of a new pond in the wildlife garden. The Nature Tots are a group of 3 to 6 year olds who, with their parents, come along to paint, craft, listen to a story and just have fun.

 

Recently I have been helping out in another Wildlife Trust group at the Wolseley centre called Wildplay, which is aimed at 8 to 13 year olds. The kids try out so many 'wild' things, like den building, pond dipping, grass sledging and craft making. The best part is that I get to join in on all of these activities! I have lots of fun going to these sessions.

 

I am now at a Sixth form at Thomas Alleynes High School in Uttoxeter, studying Business and Double Applied Science, which is a practical/coursework based course with all three sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) rolled into one. After Sixth form I want to go to a university and study a course based on Countryside Conservation and Wildlife Management.



Watch has been such a fantastic part of my life, and has really shaped who I am as well. I've now decided that in my career I would like to work with children, educating them about the natural world, as I really enjoy that side of my volunteering. Without Watch I might never have discovered this! 


Tom Koszak




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