Celebrating our volunteers

A Team of seabird survey staff and volunteers searching for Manx shearwater burrows amongst the vegetation on the uninhabited islands of Annet, Isles of Scilly

A huge thank you

Last year, our volunteers gave almost one million hours to help us save nature. It’s an incredible contribution and we simply could not do the work we do without volunteers. 

Many hands with many skills

We know there’s a tremendous amount to do to help the wildlife we love, and our volunteers help in huge variety of ways. From volunteer wardens who help with every aspect of nature reserve management, to those who support our campaigns by writing letters, to those who nurture a love of nature by running activities for children.

Last year, volunteers gave the RSPB one million hours.

Meet Joe

Meet Joe

Meet volunteer reserves warden Joe Stockwell. Find out what makes volunteering so special and get some top tips on getting involved.


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It's a hugely varied role. You can't beat it!

Joe Stockwell, Volunteer

RSPB/Aldi Greenspace event, Young girl holding a ladybird with a RSPB volunteer.

Inspiring the next generation

Through the Aldi Schools Outreach Project, the RSPB has provided over 330,000  connections to nature experiences for children since 2015. None of this would have been possible without our team of volunteers. 

Volunteer Rowan Cannel describes why getting involved was one of her best ever decisions and fellow volunteer Kevin Beck explains why helping children learn about nature is so rewarding.

I never tire of seeing the children’s excitement.

Rowan Cannel, Volunteer

Rushes and reeds, Ouse Fen RSPB nature reserve, Needingworth, Cambridgeshire, England

Helping at Ouse Fen

Meet our volunteers at RSPB Ouse Fen nature reserve. This truly is conservation in action. We're working with building materials supplier Hanson to transform a working sand and gravel quarry into a thriving nature reserve.

Meet our volunteers

Hear from some of our Ouse Fen volunteers.

Meet our volunteers at RSPB Ouse Fen nature reserve. This truly is conservation in action. As we work with building materials supplier Hanson to transform a working sand and gravel quarry into a thriving nature reserve.

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Close up of puffin in flight

Puffineers and puffarazzi

Puffins numbers have dropped sharply in recent years, and to help us understand how we can help these much-loved birds, we launched Project Puffin.

An exciting part of our project was Puffarazzi, our citizen science campaign, which shows that everyone can contribute to conservation. We asked volunteers from all over the UK to visit puffin colonies and take photos of puffins with fish in their bills, to help us find out more about what they eat. 

The response we received was awesome: 600 volunteers sent us more than 1,400 images from almost 40 colonies around the UK. It’s a fantastic achievement and one that could make all the difference in helping these iconic birds.  

If you want to find out more about our results so far and read updates about the team’s progress visit rspb.org.uk/projectpuffin

Your help can make all the difference!

Volunteers make up 85% of the RSPB workforce.

Volunteers' Week, 1 to 7 June

Why not get involved with the RSPB as part of Volunteers' Week, the UK-wide celebration of volunteers led by NCVO. 

Try something new

568 Volunteering opportunities. Updated daily

Visitor Experience Support Volunteer, Leighton Moss

Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay
One day per week
Office and administration

Welcome Volunteer, Fairburn Ings

Fairburn Ings
one day a week
Helping visitors at our reserves

Communications Assistant / Admin Support

UKHQ RSPB Headquarters
Around 15 hours per week
Office and administration, Publicity and promotional

Coffee Shop Assistant Volunteer - RSPB Conwy

One day or half a day per week.
Helping visitors at our reserves

Visitor Centre Welcome Volunteer - RSPB Conwy

1/2 to 1 day per week, including weekends
Helping visitors at our reserves

Wildlife Explorer Group Assistant Leader - Lakenheath Fen Kingfishers

Lakenheath Fen
Up to 12 meetings a year, 3-4 hours per month
Inspiring young people, Community groups

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