Sherwood’s Super Volunteers: Meet Rosy!

A huge hello from one wildlife fanatic to another!

My name is Rosanna Fox (although everybody knows me as Rosy), and I’m a 22-year-old aspiring nature writer residing in the bustling suburb of Nottingham. I’m currently completing my third year at the University of Derby studying for a BSc in Animal Management. My goal in life is to enter the whacky realm of science communication where I can spend my time nattering about the glorious wonders of the natural world.

In August of 2019 I created my own nature blog and Instagram page, to inform and educate people from all walks of life about the wild utopia that exists beyond the relentless cacophony of modern-day society. I love to put pen to paper (or fingertip to keyboard) and watch the words come alive before my eyes; I recently won the Wildlife Trust Storytelling Competition 2019 with my story articulating the immeasurable sense of serenity the ocean stimulates in me, and I’m keen to see where my nature writing can take me in the future.

 

 

Known for being an entomology-obsessed nerd with an incessant passion for intrepid invertebrates, my most treasured childhood memories revolve around devoting hours of the day emulating David Attenborough by exploring my back garden in search of the weird – yet wonderful – critters which lurk beneath the soggy soil and scurry behind ominous rose bushes guarded by jagged thorns.

Often labelled as pests of the skies and demons of the earth, creepy-crawlies have had their reputation hauled through the dirt for decades. But without these beautiful beasts, numerous ecosystems would cease to exist. My favourite invertebrate of all-time is the magnificent Elephant Hawk-moth – google it, you won’t regret it!

 

And whilst I used to obsess (and admittedly still do obsess) over the vast, infamous species that roam the plains of Africa and rule the icy tundra of Europe, I’ve acquired a new love for local British wildlife and the abundance of biodiversity that dwell in perfect unity. I regularly practice ecotherapy by taking time out of my week to reconnect with nature through autumnal walks, journaling at a nature reserve, and wildlife photography. The natural world soothes my soul; listening to a symphony of starlings or observing a determined grey squirrel go about his daily errands works wonders for pacifying the mind.

I’m embarking upon a new adventure in this current chapter of my life by volunteering for the RSPB Sherwood Forest Communications Team, to bring the news of the forest to you! Join us as we delve into the illustrious world of Sherwood Forest, explore the wealth of biodiversity that inhabits this magical realm, and bring the legend of the notorious Robin Hood to life.