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  • Blog Post: Rathlin Island - Residential Volunteering on N.Ireland's only inhabited island

    Residential Volunteering on Rathlin, Northern Ireland's only inhabited island is a truly unique and unforgettable experience . The sea stacks full of breeding birds including, puffins kittiwakes and guillemots along with the upside down West Lighthouse provide the backdrop for your stay. But that's...
  • Blog Post: Rainham Marshes "Golden Couple" speak of the joys of volunteering!

    Ede and George are a couple that have been volunteering at Rainham Marshes together for about four years. They help look after the gardens and in the cafe too. They have a combined age of 172! My wife and myself regard the Rainham Marshes as an oasis, an oasis of calm in this frantic material electronic...
  • Blog Post: Ian Bloys describes the pleasures of volunteering at Rainham Marshes

    Ian Bloys Ian has been volunteering here at Rainham for a number of years now. Ian helps out the wardens doing practical conservation work out on the reserve. We have a brilliant team of volunteers who help us keep the reserve fantastic for wildlife and for the people that visit it! The team take...
  • Blog Post: Staff at Rainham Marshes sing the praises of their Volunteers!

    It’s been said many times before, but volunteers really are crucial to the work that the RSPB does. Here at Rainham, annual volunteer hours typically equate to an extra 10 full time members of staff. And many of our volunteers have been with us for a long time, and really know the reserve well...
  • Blog Post: Homes as Gardens, Gardens for Homes!

    Leaky baths, bug hotel wardrobes and 'bog' gardens.... All in a day’s Volunteering! The RSPB 2015 show feature at BBC Gardeners World, Birmingham NEC, aimed to inspire the visitors with quirky ideas for DIY homes for nature and show them inventive ways of using old furniture and recyclable...
  • Blog Post: Presidents Awards - recognising our fabulous volunteers!

    The Presidents Awards, given out at the RSPB's prestigious AGM held this year on 10th October, are awarded to our most valued volunteers in recognition of their time given and dedication to the work of the RSPB. Whilst we value all our volunteers equally, these individuals have been selected by their...
  • Blog Post: Fabulous at forty!

    RSPB Scotland’s Northern Isles manager, Pete Ellis, praises a local Shetland volunteer for four decades of service and other dedicated volunteers. Last Saturday I had the opportunity to present a good friend of mine with a prestigious accolade – a golden eagle long-service award to...
  • Blog Post: Volunteer Line Managers express their thanks!

    Volunteers are the lifeblood of the RSPB, with nearly 17'000 of them contributing over 1 million hours & making up about 20% of the RSPB's entire workforce! As such, some of our Volunteer Line Managers have provided a few words in praise of just a handful of the many volunteers who give up...
  • Blog Post: Bempton Cliffs welcomes its youngest volunteer!

    There can’t be many seven year old girls who prefer bird song to the songs of One Direction but then Gracie Mae Mortimer is quite unusual. Not only is she passionate about nature, she’s also just become the youngest volunteer at the RSPB’s internationally renowned nature reserve...
  • Blog Post: Volunteer Day at the Lodge, June 2nd

    With nearly 14'000 volunteers across the British Isles, the RSPB really does rely on and value the work put in by those giving their free time to support the charity. As such, staff from the Volunteering department at RSPB HQ recently threw a volunteer thank-you event in the The Lodge gardens. Despite...
  • Blog Post: Volunteer spotlight – HQ staff help with Lodge natterjacks

    Monitoring our rare natterjack toads through the breeding season With some key volunteers moving on, and no warden until July, Senior Site Manager Peter Bradley was concerned about covering this year’s natterjack breeding season. Following on from an email he sent to staff at headquarters, Peter...
  • Blog Post: Stepping up for Nature by Georgia Waye-Barker

    Stepping up for Nature Having completed a degree in Environmental Science over the summer, I was keen to get involved with an organisation that I share similar values with. From a very young age I have always loved getting out into the countryside. One of my much-loved jaunts over recent years...
  • Blog Post: An interview with RSPB volunteer Matthew Scott

    We chat to Matthew Scott, a young volunteer, about his time with the RSPB... Hi Matthew! When did you first begin volunteering with the RSPB and how often do you volunteer? I started volunteering back in May 2011 and currently I am doing between one and three days per week. And what inspired...
  • Blog Post: Volunteering in the Brecks- Why we need your help!

    Continuing our volunteering spotlight this week on the Brecks - our Brecks Community Engagement Officer, Sammy Fraser tells us why the Brecks are so important and why the Brecks needs you!... The Brecks encompasses both Suffolk and Norfolk in its boundary, spanning approximately a 1,000 square kilometres...
  • Blog Post: From volunteer to staff!

    This week we take a look at how one young man went from bored teenager to RSPB staff member all thanks to volunteering! I was 14. A bored, home educated teenager with lots of free time. One spring day, a visit to the Aren't Birds Brilliant! project at Carsington Water changed everything! Set in...
  • Blog Post: Writtle College student’s work on BBC Springwatch

    Writtle College student’s work on BBC Springwatch Volunteer Jenny Cox tells us about her experience volunteering during Springwatch and why she will continue to volunteer at Minsmere over the summer. She readily admits that even two years ago her wildlife identification skills only stretched...
  • Blog Post: Volunteering at The RSPB in the Hebrides

    I love getting stories from volunteers who have been inspired and amazed at the time they spend helping the nature around them. This week, Calum Wells tells us why he wants you to come and try volunteering at the RSPB in the Hebrides... One of the first things I did in RSPB volunteer work, well...
  • Blog Post: Guest volunteering blog Part 2: The beginning of Hazeley Heath

    Time for part two of our Hazeley Heath Spotlight and here Emily Clark tells us why she loves being involved with the very beginning of Hazeley Heath’s story... "Following my work in community fundraising in the South East Regional Office for the past two years, I took on the role as...
  • Blog Post: 4 Reasons why your volunteering for The RSPB will help Give Nature a Home

    Ever since The RSPB was formed by volunteers to counter the trade in plumes for women's hats, Volunteering has been an integral part of all we do for nature. From all walks of life and bringing a vast variety of skills, love and enthusiasm, Volunteers help us Give Nature a Home. Here are 4 reasons...
  • Blog Post: Are you a handy volunteer?

    What do you think about when you think of The RSPB? Reserves? Conservation? Birds? Nature? What about buildings and signage? machines? cars? Its easy to think about volunteering in terms of practical conservation, surveying, showing people wildlife and fundraising. But what about the fantastic...
  • Blog Post: Volunteering top tips to getting a career in conservation

    So you're looking for a career in conservation and are thinking about volunteering but your friends are telling you to make sure you get the most from the time you give. Here are our top tips to getting the most from your volunteering and increase your chances of getting that dream job. 1. Plan...
  • Blog Post: Volunteering in your pyjamas can make a difference.

    No I’m not Lazy just busy. After making beds, breakfast, lunches, dressing children, dressing myself, supervising teeth brushing, tidying up, planning the dinner, checking my emails, checking my diary, feeding the cats, taking the kids to school, checking the time of ‘that’ meeting...
  • Blog Post: Don’t volunteer for free...Discuss!

    Over the Christmas and New Year I visited an old friend, and as they always love a good debate after a while they got the conversation round to my job, managing volunteers and volunteering. “I wouldn’t do anything that I could get paid for... for free” they asserted challengingly...
  • Blog Post: What sort of volunteer are you?

    If your new year’s resolution is to give back, make friends or get fit, you should think about becoming a volunteer – but where do you start? What sort of volunteer do you want to be? Why not try our fun quiz below to find out which volunteering role would best suit you? 1). On a typical...
  • Blog Post: 3.6 billion seconds and rising!

    3.6 billion seconds a year, 61 million minutes a year count it how you like 2010/11 was a really great year for volunteering at the RSPB . Why? Because our volunteers gave the RSPB a gift of time of over 1 million hours. Yes you read that right, 1 million hours in one single year for the first time ever...