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Help bring people closer to nature in Chichester

21 February 2012

Sophie McCallum
Communications Manager
E-mail: sophie.mccallum@rspb.org.uk

The RSPB is appealing for volunteers from West Sussex and Hampshire to help show members of the public the famous Peregrine Falcons at Chichester Cathedral.

The charity’s Date with Nature project has grown in success each year, delighting local people and visitors from further afield who come to watch the birds of prey as they raise their young.

This year the RSPB will be based at the Cathedral from 13 April through to July.

As well as pointing out the birds as they perch on the corners of the spire and fly in and out overhead, visitors will be shown live footage from the Peregrines’ nest. 

This will be the 12th consecutive year they have bred on the building and RSPB staff and volunteers will be on hand to enthuse people with stories about the history and lives of these magnificent birds.

Molly Dailide, of RSPB South East, said: “Volunteering at RSPB events is a great way to get involved with our conservation work.  You don’t need to be an expert – just passionate about wildlife and good with people.”

The conservation charity is looking for people of all ages and backgrounds to help with the project this year.

You’ll help people to get the most out of their visit by providing information and helping them to get great views of the birds from the cathedral grounds using binoculars and spotting-scopes. Training will be provided, so no previous experience is necessary.

Ms Dailide added: “If you can help out during the project for a couple of days a month, or even several days a week as some past volunteers have done, I’d love to hear from you.”

This is an opportunity to meet people and inspire them to learn about birds and other wildlife while making a genuine contribution to conservation and spending quality time with the fastest animals on Earth.

You’ll be following in the footsteps of many others who have supported the charity over the years. The RSPB was founded by volunteers in 1889 and today more than 17,500 people help the charity by giving their time for free.

Those wishing to volunteer should contact Molly Dailide on 07713 392175 or by email at molly.dailide@rspb.org.uk before 11 March.