An Edge Hill Biology student is to appear on BBC1 show Countryfile on 30 November to discuss a Lancashire Wildlife Trust project on which she is assisting.

As part of a work placement with the Trust, third year BSc Biology student Holly Bryce has been involved with a project involving mapping and surveying for willow tits – the most rapidly declining bird species in the UK.

The project uses GIS (Geographic Information System) technology to develop a spatial understanding of the birds’ habitat requirements.

The Trust’s Wigan Project Manager Mark Champion – who is also studying for a PhD at Edge Hill focusing on urban conservation and biodiversity – will appear on the show alongside Holly Bryce having been involved with the willow tit conservation project since its inception 15 years ago.

Mark Champion said: “The Countryfile team were aware of the importance of the project

Mark Champion

Mark Champion

and got in touch with the Trust to hear more, leading to them visiting the area to film. I’m delighted that our work has been recognised and that Edge Hill students such as Holly have been able to get involved. The Trust works closely with the University’s Biology and Geography departments, who are very supportive of our conservation work.”