We were handed a great opportunity to watch this particular migrant, a wheatear from inside the truck. Tom and I sat for ages watching this marvellous bird happily feeding on an abundance of insects.
A very un-camera shy wheatear
Old Hall Marshes was unusually experiencing a frenzy of human activity after well founded reports of a wryneck had been called in. News spread rapidly amongst the Old Hall birders.
Old Hall Marshes finest in action on the sea wall at Salcott Channel
Once again .... Mini moments make mountains out of mole hills!
So what is this micro volunteering all about? Each small action that a person takes can make a momentous difference when combined with a massive amount of people also doing that activity.
Good grief how many M’s have I used so far!
Having had a quick “Google” around there are many definitions of micro volunteering, from the i-volunteer site I found one that I think is appropriate for the RSPB, keep it simple works for me:
'small, quick, low commitment actions that benefit a worthy cause'.
These actions most often are something that can be completed in it’s entirety by a single person, usually taking anything from a few minutes to perhaps an hour.
Of course there is the example of our Big Garden Bird Watch where each individual spends one hour counting birds in their garden. However, the real value comes when hundreds of thousands of results are added together to give a UK wide picture.
Micro volunteering is often something that you can do from your own home, perhaps on a computer, mobile phone (oh okay, for you youngsters I mean the smartphone) or within your local community. You could be fully dressed or even in your jimjams (pyjamas!).
So are you intrigued? Do you want to know more ...... ?
There are many opportunities for you to step up for nature (in your underwear, if you are so inclined), here are just a few:
And of course, you can always get involved by signing one of our petitions or an online pledge - check out our appeals on our website www.rspb.org.uk.
Mobile phones can be recycled: fundraising for the RSPB - Photo by Andy Hay (rspb-images.com)
Staying healthy, getting fitter and volunteering with the RSPB!
Getting into the countryside is recognised as a natural way to a healthier lifestyle. A recent report commissioned by the RSPB stresses that moderate exercise, including walking and nature conservation activities can help to prevent heart disease, strokes, depression and sleep problems.
The RSPB has over 16,700 people who already volunteer with the Society. You can help to protect some of the UK’s most important wildlife areas by becoming an RSPB volunteer, so future generations can see spectacular birds and wildlife in the future.
Whether you want to work indoors or out ...... we can find something to suit you anywhere in the UK
My boss, Alan Murray, Head of the RSPB’s Volunteering Development Department says: ‘You can help to plant hedges and create reed beds on our reserves, or work with our wardens, learning the skills and techniques necessary to manage successful nature reserves.’
Although it’s not all about practical conservation, if you are good with people we have many opportunities in fundraising and membership recruitment at events, perhaps you like paperwork, computers and maybe even data entry (not my favourite) then there are a number of roles within our offices. We even have some opportunities that you wouldn’t expect ...... costume makers, stamp collectors, social media guru or rent assessor - you may find yourself quite amazed at the tasks we need completed ....
Do you do a volunteering activity that might surprise others? Please leave me a comment and share your experiences with others.
The RSPB has hundreds of volunteering opportunities around the UK, for all ages and at any time of the year. So why not give it a go? You’ll be keeping yourself healthier as well as helping wildlife and Stepping Up For Nature!
Volunteers helping staff clear an old tennis court to use as an accessible garden, Mersehead RSPB reserve, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
Credit: Kaleel Zibe (rspb-images.com)