The RSPB, like many charities, has the kindness of volunteers to thank for much of the work we’re able to carry out right across the UK.
With it being National Volunteering Week, we want to thank our more than 12,000 fantastic volunteers who dedicate their time, passion and expertise allowing us to help protect nature.
If you’re looking to become a volunteer, why not consider the RSPB? There are many ways you can get involved and if you don't know a robin from a redwing, it really doesn't matter! As a volunteer you’ll meet new people, learn new skills, improve your CV, and even get fit.
You can volunteer from wherever suits you – the nearest RSPB office, your local community, a nature reserve or even at home!
We’ve selected 10 opportunities to get involved this summer:
Preying for wildlife in the city
The RSPB’s peregrine falcon Date with Nature project on London’s Southbank, at the foot of the iconic Tate Modern art gallery. You could meet and greet visitors providing them with information about peregrine falcons and why they are so special. Many visitors to the capital probably don’t even realise they have the fastest creature on the planet right above their heads!
Break from the norm
If you’re looking for a week long break, a chance to try something new or gain extra skills and experience, then the RSPB’s residential volunteering scheme is an exciting option. Offering the chance to enjoy a working holiday for a week or more on a nature reserve, this is an ideal opportunity to help the RSPB’s conservation work, gain practical or people engagement work experience and spend some time outdoors.
Reserve Assistant, RSPB St Aidan’s Nature Park
St Aidan’s Nature Park, on the outskirts of Leeds, has a fabulous mix of habitats including open water and islands, reedbeds, wet grassland, woodland and meadows. Throughout the summer you could be checking the plants and animals as well as maintaining footpaths and fences. No previous experience is necessary, just an eagerness to get stuck in, an enjoyment of team work and a willingness to work outside.
Muck in on the moors
Muck In Days at Eastern Moors are an opportunity for everyone to get involved. You can take part in a variety of tasks throughout the seasons, everything from wildlife monitoring to tree felling. Suitable for all ages and abilities - students, couples, retirees and families – everyone is encouraged to come along and give it a go.
Life’s not always a beach for birds
Every year since 1971, intrepid volunteers have been scouring the beaches for signs of oil spills and affected seabirds. The RSPB’s Beached Bird Survey covers more than 1,500 miles of coastline around the British Isles. Although chronic oil pollution is less common nowadays, it still takes place and the winter survey helps the RSPB keep track of how oil pollution is affecting seabirds and beaches over the years.
Homes for butterflies and bees
The RSPB has teamed up with housing developer Barratt Homes, to try and create a new benchmark in wildlife friendly developments at Kingsbrook housing development, in Oxfordshire. The charity urgently needs to monitor which butterflies and bumblebees are using the newly-built areas of the site to compare with what was there before the scheme began. We can then use this information to tell the story of Kingsbrook, to see if the wildlife-friendly measures are working, and help encourage others in the housing industry to take the same approach.
Creating budding Attenborough’s
Do you love to see the look of wonder when a child uncovers a minibeast in the ground or a butterfly lands on their hand? Do you have boundless energy and enthusiasm with the ability to lead and supervise children and family events? Well RSPB Pullborough Brooks in West Sussex is looking for volunteers to inspire the next generation about nature and wildlife.
Swiftly helping nature
Do you live near Cardiff? Do you want to help swifts thrive in the city? If so, these incredible birds would really appreciate your help. Sadly, swift numbers have been declining steadily over the past 20 years. Swifts nest in the cavities of buildings and will return to the same nest site each year but as buildings are replaced and redeveloped many traditional nest sites are lost forever. The RSPB need a team of volunteers to spot and record swift nest sites in Cardiff so we can work towards protecting them.
Craking in their boots
The most northerly and last remaining regularly returning corncrakes in Scotland need your help! Hands on habitat management and maintenance within the beautiful crofting community of Durness are essential for furthering the conservation of corncrake and another endangered species, the great yellow bumble bee.
Bottlenose for nature – dolphinwatch volunteers
The RSPB is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to inspire people about the amazing bottlenose dolphins seen in and around Aberdeen Harbour. The charity wants to build a team to help meet and greet visitors, show them how to use the telescopes and binoculars, interpret what they are seeing and enthuse them about nature and RSPB Scotland's conservation work.
Last Updated: Wednesday 1 May 2019