I decided to volunteer at a monthly volunteer group for BBOWT. It was close to where I live and just one morning a month, so the commitment wasn’t huge, but the rewards have been well worth it - eight years later I’m still there.
Nearly 2,000 volunteers across Berks, Bucks and Oxon contribute 32,000 volunteer sessions every year. It’s an astonishing figure and one that shows the importance of the contribution that all volunteers make helping BBOWT to protect local wildlife.
For example, some volunteers carry out hundreds of biological surveys on our nature reserves. The results help the Wildlife Trust to understand how habitat management work is improving the reserves for wildlife and what needs to change.
It’s not just the wildlife that benefits; there are many bonuses for volunteers, too. Volunteering can help people stay physically and mentally active for longer.