Vol­un­teer­ing, home and away

Get ex­pe­ri­ence: that’s the ad­vice reg­u­larly re­peated to any­one want­ing to work with wildlife. And the best – of­ten the only – way to gain it is by vol­un­teer­ing.

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OP­POR­TU­NI­TIES CLOSER TO HOME

Na­tional and lo­cal wildlife and con­ser­va­tion groups rely heav­ily on vol­un­teers, and of­ten re­pay them with spe­cial­ist train­ing. As well as con­tribut­ing to con­ser­va­tion ef­forts, such work can bol­ster your CV and reap other ben­e­fits: reg­u­lar BBC Wildlife con­trib­u­tor Amy-Jane Beer ob­serves that “th­ese are a great way to be­gin estab­lish­ing a net­work of use­ful con­tacts and po­ten­tial men­tors.”

Vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties with the RSPB ( www.rspb.org.uk/

get-in­volved/com­mu­nity-and-ad­vice/vol­un­teer), for ex­am­ple, range from wel­com­ing vis­i­tors and check­ing bird boxes to fixing fences and con­duct­ing con­ser­va­tion sur­veys. RSPB also of­fers longer in­tern­ships on con­ser­va­tion projects, and there are over­seas op­por­tu­ni­ties. Vol­un­teer­ing with your lo­cal Wildlife Trust ( www.wildlifetrusts.org/

vol­un­teer) might see you look­ing for ot­ters one day, lay­ing a hedge the next and then GPS map­ping af­ter that, be­fore tak­ing on var­i­ous ad­min­is­tra­tive tasks. With more than 43,000 vol­un­teers across the UK, your op­tions are di­verse.

Get­ting ex­pe­ri­ence means get­ting your hands dirty and there a plenty of ways to do that by help­ing out at your lo­cal wildlife trust.

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