Volunteers Week – 1 to 7 June 2009

 Another day has dawned and bird feeding has been underway all day.   My spirits are high after a few annoying days.  Turning my thoughts away from computers and technical problems I’ve found out that in June it’s Volunteers Week.

I know from first hand knowledge how important volunteers are in helping British Birds..

The birds that visits gardens for food are the lucky ones.  These birds have learnt to live next door to us humans and by putting bird food out we are definitely helping to keeps wild birds alive.  So volunteers week can turn into a volunteering lifetime if you start to put bird food out every day from now on.

There are other species of birds which need different areas of land, often land that needs looking after to keep the bird and wildlife habitat safe.  This habitat sometimes needs management and volunteers are often needed to help.  There are also other way to help other than going to the sites themselves

The RSPB manages reserves to provide places where birds can feed and breed without being disturbed and this in turn gives people a chance to watch birds and other wildlife in their natural surroundings.

You may have a hobby  such as watching football or playing darts but this doesn’t mean there isn’t time for volunteering as well.  Volunteering can be outdoor help or indoor help.

Here are some of the things I have helped out at

  • Scoring at Pub Quiz Nights in aid of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, 
  • I’ve stood in town centres in all weathers when there has been a weekend collection for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
  • I’ve been stood in a beck in my wellingtons watching avidely to see which plastic duck came floating over the winning line
  • I have sold tickets for the above Plastic Duck race in aid of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.
  • I have sold raffle tickets.

Those things don’t need any wildlife knowledge or expertise.  

When I went on a FEED THE BIRDS Weekend Walk the  Volunteer who took us round  the RSPB site at Bempton Cliffs, Flamborough did have a lot of  knowledge and expertise.  He was friendly and made the walk interesting and knew every nook and cranny of the RSPB site.  This is one of the reasons I know that this type of volunteering is important

He was enthusiastic and knew the answer to every question we asked. 

We watched garden birds and seabirds fly together in the sky around us.  We peered over the cliff edge and saw sea birds perched on the cliff face.

The volunteer certainly made our day.

There are so many kinds of volunteering you can do but helping British Birds and other wildlife is an interesting way to volunteer.

Think about it and take time to find out about Volunteers Week and how to help British Birds

A really good thing to do would be to volunteer to put food out for our British birds  every day from now on.  Go on!  Give it a try.  Let me know if you do.

 Volunteers Week is about rewarding and recruiting volunteers.

Do you know a volunteer who deserves and Award? 


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