Donnah Murray, 41, senior forest manager at CKD Galbraith talks about her daily outdoor work life
I can be up at 5.30am to catch a ferry or face a four hour drive to Argyll and some days up at 7.30am for a 9am start in the office. There is no routine as a forester, but I always check my emails and contact my contractors’ first thing to make sure all is ok for the day. Morning work can include writing reports, mapping, meeting new clients, site meetings with contractors, working on budgets or measuring timber and surveying habitats.
I rarely take a lunch hour as I usually use this time to catch up on telephone calls and reply to emails. Occasionally though, I am lucky enough to be out in the woods on a glorious day overlooking the mountains and watching the clouds drift by so a very lucky occupation indeed. The best lunch spent was a day on the beach at Totaig on a woodland inspection survey when an otter decided to take my tuna sandwiches from my box right beside me. These moments are priceless and the best part of my work.