Blog Introducing our new Nature Conservation Manager A big welcome to Francesca Batt, our new Nature Conservation Manager. Francesca’s role involves developing our green projects for volunteers, managing the Duke of Edinburgh awards programme and engaging schools, universities and the local community in projects. Prior to joining, Francesca was based in Nosy Be, Madagascar for seven months, leading volunteers in marine conservation projects, including surveys of coral reefs. Before this, she was a duty manager at The Look Out Discovery Centre, a family science and nature centre in Berkshire where she wrote and delivered science education material to school and public groups. Francesca has a degree in marine biology from the University of Plymouth, which she completed in 2017. During her studies she spent a year working and studying at the University of Florida, which included doing research, outreach and education work. During this time she carried out habitat health assessments and research across a wide range of habitats and worked with different groups at a turtle rehabilitation hospital. Francesca says, “I was attracted to the job as I wanted to work with nature in a hands-on outreach role. I really like what the Environment Trust is doing and felt my skills and interests fitted well. I have experience leading volunteers and delivering outreach sessions, as well as working with schools and community groups. I’m really looking forward to working on the various projects we have coming up and spreading the word about the fantastic work of Environment Trust and why looking after our local green spaces is so important.” We’re delighted to welcome Francesca to the team, she is very experienced at working with local groups, schools and volunteers both in the UK and abroad and will be an asset to the Trust.