New Year, New You? Sign up and save nature as a volunteer!

Louise Cullen

Saturday 30 December 2017

Volunteers at RSPB Ynys-hir Nature Reserve

"Committing even a little of your time will make a huge difference to Scotland’s wildlife and wild places."

With the New Year looming, attention is turning to the pledges we all know we’ll make (confidently or otherwise!) to be better people over the next 12 months.

But are you fed up with the same old resolutions? Exercise more, lose weight, save more money, drink less alcohol… Well, why not make a more selfless promise for 2018?

Recent research shows that volunteering is now among the nation’s ‘top ten New Year’s resolutions’ and RSPB Scotland is calling on people to act on that this year, by signing up to save nature as a volunteer.   

With 77 Scottish nature reserves and a wealth of work spanning a huge variety of species and habitats, RSPB Scotland offers hundreds of exciting opportunities to get involved with. Some of the roles available now include:

  • Seabird photo counters: Analyse drone images of penguin and albatross nests to help us and BirdLife International learn how their populations are faring.
  • Volunteer warden: We need local people to join the team looking after our Black Devon Wetlands reserve and the wonderful wildlife that resides there.
  • House Sparrow surveyor: In Glasgow, house sparrow numbers have declined by over 90% since 1959. Take part in a citizen science project to survey this species, learn what is impacting their populations and devise ways to help them.
  • Information volunteer: Excite and teach visitors about the unique wildlife of our Dunnet Head reserve at the very tip of north Scotland.

Jillian Schofield, head of membership and engagement for RSPB Scotland, said: “Committing even a little of your time to planting trees, surveying birds and beetles, helping with research or teaching kids about nature will make a huge difference to Scotland’s wildlife and wild places, now and in the future. We have a fantastic bunch of people from all walks of life currently volunteering with us - our youngest is 11 and the oldest is 89! Without them we wouldn’t be able to achieve all that we do for nature in Scotland, and we’d love even more of you to get involved and succeed in your commitment to volunteering in 2018. Even if you can’t manage to take on a volunteering role, you might consider becoming a member of the RSPB this year, it’s another excellent way to help our work for wildlife and the environment.“

More than 2,200 volunteers generously give over 114,000 hours of their time to RSPB Scotland each year, to protect nature right across the country.

To find out more about all of the opportunities available with RSPB Scotland, go to: www.rspb.org.uk/volunteering

Tagged with: Country: Scotland Topic: Scotland Topic: Birds and wildlife Topic: Conservation Topic: Getting involved Topic: Giving Nature a Home Topic: People Topic: Volunteering