Students can bring a diverse array of skills and talents to your organisation, including photography, film-making, graphics and illustration.

One such student is Ellie Humphrys. Although she is a first year Wildlife, Ecology and Conservation Science, she is also interested in photography and so combined her passions by working with South Gloucestershire Council to pull together a portfolio of photos of their green space volunteers across the county. They have then been able to use them to create publicity and to use at events for slideshows and new pull-up banners.

South Gloucestershire Council were thrilled with the outcome of the project. John Morris from the Community Spaces Team states, “I was delighted at the range of photos that Ellie produced and it will be used to encourage new volunteers to join us in managing our local community spaces. She engaged with the volunteers and her interest as a conservation volunteer meant that she bonded with volunteers easily. We’d be keen to work with her again in the future.”

And Ellie also had are rewarding experience, “I had a great time meeting all the friendly faces of volunteers, learnt how to photograph portraits of people to a higher standard and just how passionate many people are about nature”. It has since inspired her to think about going into creative areas of the conservation sector which she hopes to explore over the course of her degree.

Ellie Humphrys