Mini-beast hunting, mud painting and mystery bones on the Suffolk coast

By John Ferguson

Hello everyone, my name is Jenny Lawton and I have the honour of being the Wild Learning Intern for the Coast, this means I get to visit all of Suffolk's stunning beaches and explore all along the coast.

Let me take this opportunity to tell you a little about my back story. I grew up in Cheshire always fascinated with nature, which led me to study Marine Biology at University and go on to study a Masters in Ecology and Environmental sustainability. I knew I always wanted to work with the environment but had no idea in what capacity until I spent three summers in America working at a children's camp. I decided then that inspiring the next generation to love nature was the career that I wished to pursue and when I spotted this internship advertised I knew it would be the fantastic experience that I sort.

I'm only a few weeks into the Internship and already have had such a variety of experience, from working with toddlers mini beast hunting and mud painting, to litter picking and hunting for signs of spring with young wardens in Holywells park and to 60 children on Sizewell beach hunting for marine life and learning the consequences of plastic pollution. A highlight of this day was finding a large bone that I have taken to Ipswich museum to identify, I can't wait for them to come back to us with what it could be. Despite some weather related issues the past few weeks, I have been so impressed with the children's willingness to brave the elements and their excitement for learning is contagious.

I'm so excited for what is to come, to explore all of what Suffolk has to offer and to constantly expand my knowledge. I look forward to sharing my experiences with you, especially the Wild Beach Leader course, the First Light Festival and the Suffolk Show in the next couple of months to name a few. Watch this space for all of my future updates...