Last week I joined a team of fundraisers who walked thousands of steps for wildlife, and now that I put my feet up with a cup of tea I can reflect on my journey, not just for that week but my whole life.
As I rambled across Lancashire, exploring historic sites and wild spaces, I was reminded why I got into nature conservation and why I've dedicated nearly two decades to wildlife.
I was stunned by our glorious landscapes and how precious they are. I was lucky to see red admirals taking their fill on nectar rich flowers, joined by painted ladies and several species of bees. I sat on towering limestone cliffs overlooking Morecambe Bay and the surrounding landscapes that encompass the North West peninsula.