A day in the life of….Wulfric Blackwell, Project Manager

Project Manager, Wulf, takes us through his days’ work in the Thomson Habitats team and the various projects he undertakes for the company’s clients.

07:30

My day starts when I arrive at my desk. I fire up my laptop and set about reading through a variety of new emails related to various projects I am working on, some holding key bits of information I have been waiting for to set me up for the day.

08:15

After having read through and responded to my emails, I hit the road, heading to a primary school in north London to carry out an invasive species survey with my colleague, Guy. The joy of driving one of the departments branded trucks is that you have a superior view on the road, which is great for navigating the M25.

10:00

I meet Guy at a car park right next to the school and we briefly go over what species we are here to look for, what areas have been highlighted by the client’s ecologist and any other issues we can see that may need addressing. Once we’re both happy with the scope of our survey, we go into the school and meet the Head teacher.

11:00

After completing our survey, we return to the car park to discuss the findings. Several areas of invasive species have been found within the school grounds including Japanese Knotweed, Cotoneaster and Buddleia. Thankfully the removal of these invasive species should be easily manageable with minimal disruption to the school.

Before setting off back to the office, I check in with my line manager for a quick summary on the day’s events. During this catch up call, I am tasked with a visit to the compound to collect some items.

13:00

I arrive back in Guildford and make all the necessary checks and preparation to the truck, ready for the next days use.

14:00

I’m now back in the office, using the information and photographs I gathered earlier. I start to draw up a quotation for the remediation of these invasive species found on the primary school site. As this site has certain sensitivities, there is a plethora of considerations to bear in mind.

One of these considerations is that due to these species of plant being on the ‘Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended)’, we must ensure that any waste is disposed of through a registered and certified waste disposal facility. I set about ringing around local waste facilities close to the school to see if they can handle the waste and follow the requirements of this law.

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