A pair of BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation and Environmental Management students from Harper Adams have been recruited as the first ever ambassadors for Cuan Wildlife Rescue Centre.
The duo - Amy Fleming and Blake Marlow - will be representing the centre, which works to help treat sick and injured wild animals at its premises in Much Wenlock, Shropshire.
Blake, 25, has been working with Cuan Wildlife Rescue since October, having applied for a voluntary position last Spring.
“After a couple of months of volunteering with Cuan, I was offered a permanent working position with the charity. This led to the offer of an ambassadorship with the charity, due to working with other organisations such as the RSPB, who I have my placement with in my third year.
“It's a huge honour to be offered the ambassadorship. It's a fantastic opportunity to be able to represent Cuan Wildlife Rescue as it is an organisation that supports wildlife and the values I strongly support. Cuan Wildlife Rescue does amazing work for wildlife all over the country, so to be recognised for this partnership really is special.
Amy, 20 from Worcestershire, recently won the National Biodiversity Network’s Young Person Award for Wildlife Recording 2022 for her work with Worcestershire Wildlife Trust. She is extremely passionate about engaging with people about conservation and wildlife rehabilitation, which she hopes to bring to her new role.
She said “I found out about Cuan Wildlife Rescue locally in Shropshire and on social media! I was then asked, along with Blake, to help out with the release of a Tawny Owl that had been rehabilitated by them. It was the most wonderful experience to be involved in and knowing that all the people at Cuan, both staff and volunteers, had helped aid it back to full strength was so rewarding.
“It is a real honour to be one of Cuan’s first ambassadors. It is something I have never done before and am really excited to get my teeth stuck into it!
“I hope to engage with people about conservation and wildlife rehabilitation, to emphasise the role they both have and their importance I am also hoping to create interesting content with Cuan Wildlife Rescue in the form of educational videos, helping at fundraisers and other events. Most importantly, we both want to share the outstanding level of care and devotion Cuan Wildlife Rescue has to caring and rehabilitating wildlife, as they saved so many individual species each day.”
Blake, originally from Shrewsbury but now Telford based, said: “Wildlife conservation and rehabilitation is something that needs to be supported. My main aims are to educate, bring awareness to the hard work Cuan does and the obstacles British wildlife has to deal with, that results in them being admitted at the rescue centre.”
Amy and Blake's story has also been covered by the Shropshire Star - read more here