Our volunteers are the lifeblood of our operations at our nature reserves throughout the year. Whether it be running and assisting on surveys of reptiles, amphibians, birds and butterflies, or getting stuck into some habitat management, we could not operate the reserves without them.
Between August of last year and January of this year, they clocked up an impressive 953 hours of volunteering, which is 39.7 days! We have a very committed and amusing group at Hampton, who always make even the dullest days outside enjoyable and of course, we are incredibly grateful for their hard work.
What is extra special is that some volunteers will go the extra mile and we are able to facilitate some exploration of any specific interests they have to say thank you. For example, if a volunteer had a particular interest in moths, we can encourage them to learn more and help conduct butterfly and moth surveys alongside our usual tasks. This makes days out on the reserve even more enjoyable, as we are able to share our varied (and sometimes niche!) interests and make everyday a learning day, whether it be identifying ants or trying to work out what Lichen we are seeing on the trees!
Volunteer Recognition Day is taking place on the 20th April.