Today we are focusing on our Thursday Volunteer Reserve Assistants.
This group of volunteers work across the reserve to support the wardens in maintaining the reserve for wildlife and visitors.
Sam, who is one of our Thursday volunteers, says “In my working life I realised I wasn't spending any time outside and certainly wasn't getting enough exercise, which was soon to change. I joined RSPB St Aidan’s in October 2017. I wasn't sure exactly what I was getting into. Eight months in, I can honestly say it's been hard work but I really look forward to it and thoroughly enjoy myself. The crew is made up of some of the nicest people I have ever encountered and I have laughed more than I would ever have expected, while involved in such physical tasks! If you're thinking that you need to spend more time outside, contributing to nature and not pay for gym fees come along and be part of something that really makes a difference.”
Lesley is one of our Wednesday Reserve Assistants at Fairburn Ings and is very enthusiast about the team “We are a friendly group of usually 6 who work well together. We even have a WhatsApp group chat called ‘Wot’s ‘Appning Wednesday’ where we keep in touch with each other with photos of the work we are doing on the reserve. I didn’t know what I would be doing when I started volunteering but I knew I wanted to work mostly outside on the reserve. And it didn’t disappoint! We mend fences, build paths, plant reeds, fix nest boxes and just about any other maintenance job. The wardens have a long list of things that need to be done. I am always learning some new skill and have had brushcutting training”.
Lesley has always been into bird watching and is now a committed volunteer “When I retired I wanted to help the RSPB protect and also educate people about our fantastic wildlife. I make the long journey from Sheffield not only because Fairburn Ings is a wonderfully diverse habitat for wildlife but also the variety of tasks we perform, the company of the team and the wardens make it a very enjoyable day”.
Today’s volunteer is one of our youngest Volunteer Rangers a St Aidan’s, Georgia.
Always enthusiastic Georgia told us: “I started volunteering at the RSPB because I wanted to inspire people to love St Aiden’s as much as I do. The birds I’ve learnt and people I’ve met while I’ve been here have shown me how noticeable a small change can be and how, when working together, we’re all able to help give nature a home."