Our volunteers: full of dedication and enthusiasm!

More than 43,000 people volunteer for The Wildlife Trusts across the UK giving an average of 16 days each every year. Their vital work breathes life into the 2,300 nature reserves we care for and makes a huge contribution towards the activities and events that make it possible for a far greater number of people to enjoy closer encounters with the natural world. Read about a few people who #DoSomethingGreat and be inspired!

Peter McKeon, Wildlife Educator Volunteer at Shropshire Wildlife Trust

Peter has volunteered for Shropshire Wildlife Trust for nearly 10 years, taking practical action to conserve local wild spaces and encouraging children to discover the wildlife on their doorstep.

A geology expert, friendly white-haired giant, comedian and storyteller; his commitment, boundless enthusiasm and passion for local wildlife have never failed to inspire the young people he works with.

With the help of volunteers like Peter, Shropshire Wildlife Trust help over 10,000 children and families each year to get outdoors and reconnect with their natural environment.

Michelle Gillibrand, Volunteer at Scottish Wildlife Trust

Michelle has dedicated many hours of her time to the Scottish Wildlife Trust. Ranging from collaborative efforts with the Falconer museum to help support and run events, to representing the Trust on the Moray Outdoor Access forum, Michelle has helped play a crucial role in the Trust’s success. When her hands aren’t so full, she spends her time leading the Moray Watch Group, helping to get children between the ages of 5 and 12 connected with nature.  Activities undertaken by the group include national park visits, nature detective trails and bat box building.

Beth Doherty, Portbury Wharf Nature Bugs Volunteer at Avon Wildlife Trust

Aiming to create an alternative to the indoor, oversubscribed playgroups in Portishead, Beth Doherty presented her vision of creating outdoor groups to Avon Wildlife Trust.

After setting up Portbury Wharf Nature Bugs, the response was overwhelming, and so to accommodate, Beth has created three separate groups.

Each week, during term time, Beth runs themed walks including ‘Owl Babies’ that encourage preschool children and their parents to explore the natural world through stories and creative activities.

Other events organised by Beth’s dedication include family picnics, singing and craft activities.

"Beth is hugely motivated, has lots of energy and her wonderful caring nature has helped to develop a community of parents in her local area that are enjoying spending time Avon Wildlife Trust's, Portbury Wharf nature reserve, with their children" says Julie Doherty from Avon Wildlife Trust. 

Jenny McAllister, Volunteer at North Berwick Wildlife Watch Group, Scottish Wildlife Trust

Jenny has given real commitment and time to the Scottish Wildlife Trust. She’s helped to run several Wildlife Watch groups with great success.  Leading the North Berwick Wildlife Watch Group, Jenny has inspired children aged 6 – 11 to embark on scavenger hunts, get messy with arts and crafts and forage for fungi!

Her hard work and dedication to the group landed Jenny the “Scottish teacher of the year” award for 2013.

Liz Dack, Volunteer at Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Liz Dack has regularly been dedicating her time to the Norfolk Wildlife Trust over the last several years, helping children and families enjoy and appreciate the nature that surrounds them.

Whether it’s helping out with craft activities at public events, or donating her wildlife photography to Norfolk Wildlife Trust, her work has made a profound difference.

Full of enthusiasm, Liz is a great ambassador for the trust, as she inspires and encourages others to visit Norfolk’s reserves – including Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, recommending that the pair must visit Hickling reserve to see swallowtail butterflies.

Rosie & Jimmie Reid, Volunteers at Scottish Wildlife Trust

Rosie and Jimmie Reid own four acres of woodland on the edge of Backmuir Wood and have turned it into a wildlife haven called Muirhead Red Squirrel Sanctuary.

The pair has spent years conserving squirrels – after extensive fundraising efforts the couple’s Muirhead Red Squirrel Sanctuary now serves as a soft release site for orphaned and fostered baby squirrels.