Meet Sam LeBailly, West Devon Countryside Warden

Hi all,

I just wanted to briefly introduce myself. My name is Sam LeBailly, 20 years old and I am the new West Dartmoor warden based at Burrator Reservoir.

I am Devon born and bred, being brought up in the village of Stoke Gabriel (Near Totnes) and still live there now. After GCSE’s I moved on to A-levels but decided that they were not for me, and I wanted a more hands on qualification. With a lifelong love of the countryside (Dartmoor in particular), farming/land management, conservation and just simply being outdoors, I enrolled on an extended diploma in countryside management at Bicton College as well as starting voluntary work with the East Devon wardens based at Kennick, Tottiford and Trenchford Reservoirs on the East side of Dartmoor.

Two very busy years later and here I am! With my dream job as a countryside warden with SW Lakes Trust.

I am now responsible for the upkeep and management of Burrator, Lopwell, Avon Dam, Venford, Butterbrook and a stretch of the Tavistock canal. It’s a big responsibility but I can’t wait to get stuck in and hopefully make a positive difference to my 6 sites!

The thing I love about the trust is that everyone is one big team, and I can’t wait to work with all of my new colleagues.  I look forward to continuing the fantastic conservation work that SW Lakes Trust have been completing over the years and getting involved in future projects.

If you see me around site, no matter what I’m doing please do come and say hi!

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