A scholarship fund open to Shuttleworth College students has seen one 21-year-old spending a month boating alongside dolphins off the Atlantic coast of Spain.
Foundation Degree Animal Welfare student Eve Rowson was awarded £2,000 by the Shuttleworth Trust from the Cissie Kirby fund to support her work experience and exciting learning experience in Galicia.
She was part of a team tracking dolphins, who are identified by their distinctive fins, as part of protection project. Eve also worked with Eurasian otters who swim in the large estuary right up to the sea.
“It was a great experience and also I learned lots of skills which I will need in any future career as a field researcher,”
said Eve who plans to complete her degree in Applied Zoology at the College of Cornwall next year,
“I actually want to work with small wild cats such as the Pallas cats of China and the Margay cats of the Amazon,”
Conservation experts of the future
The Amazon environment is recreated in the tropical biome at the new Zoological Education Centre which is where Eve and others learn the skills to help them become the conservation experts of the future, working on breeding programmes with rare species.
Said Shuttleworth Trust member Mike Johnston, the former Principal of the Shuttleworth College: “The Trustees were delighted to support this student in her travels. It is exactly what the fund was set up by Cissie Kirby, who was a companion of Dorothy Shuttleworth who gifted the Shuttleworth Estate for the education of young people in farming, land-based learning and animal welfare work.
“It is more relevant than ever before. We hope that more students from Shuttleworth will come forward with ideas of how they can benefit from a grant to expand their education and life experiences.”