• Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme Volunteer experience

    Write up from Finley, a DoE volunteer at Hazeley Heath I started volunteering at Hazeley Heath over a year ago for my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award. My Mum and I cut gorse for hours in freezing, snowy conditions, unable to get a fire started, but (w...
    • 16 Aug 2019
  • Looking Forward: Corporate volunteering update, thank you HSBC UK!

    In 2018 the RSPB chose to shine a light on some of our fantastic staff volunteers from PriceWaterhouseCoopers at Chorlton Water Park, Manchester. This group of 13 formed one of dozens of corporate work parties across the UK each year that the RSPB re...
    • 10 Jun 2019
  • Overcoming adversity through volunteering

    Welcome back and thank you for joining us on our last National Volunteers’ week blog on the 8th! -because who says Friday has to be the end. Although National Volunteers’ week is a wonderful way to thank our volunteers, it’s importa...
    • 8 Jun 2019
  • Volunteering: One of the best chapters of my life

    Today’s Volunteers’ Week blog comes from Robin Brown, who describes his time volunteering at Portmore Lough as “immensely rewarding”… My volunteering with RSPB began in April 2012. I had retired from business sometime p...
    • 7 Jun 2019
  • I'm 13 and I volunteer - age is no barrier!

    Today’s Volunteers’ Week blog comes from thirteen-year-old Magnus, one of our youngest volunteers. For Magnus, volunteering has definitely been a journey of discovery. From wasp spiders to the Big Wild Sleepout, be inspired by his wild ad...
    • 6 Jun 2019
  • Connecting children with nature

    To celebrate Volunteer’s Week, Wendy Owen shares her story of volunteering for the RSPB as part of our schools’ outreach project through the RSPB ALDI Connecting Children to Nature partnership.   This project has given me the chance...
    • 5 Jun 2019
  • Volunteering: good for health and wellbeing

    RSPB volunteer Tim Bishop relishes the opportunity to do something for the wildlife he loves, but it’s not just wildlife that benefits from his volunteering. In today’s blog for Volunteering Week, Tim explains how volunteering has helped ...
    • 4 Jun 2019
  • Now we have this fabulous experience in our retirement

    Retiree Janine Brown Jones shares the role of Volunteer Coordinator for RSPB Aire Valley with Chris Partridge. Read today’s Volunteering Week blog to find out why she thinks volunteering is fabulous...  Chris and I “role-share&rdquo...
    • 3 Jun 2019
  • Ten wonderful years of volunteering

    As part of National Volunteers’ Week, today’s blog was written by 19-year-old Dominik Reynolds, who started volunteering with the RSPB at just eight years old. Read on to find out why Dom thinks volunteering helped him get a place at Bris...
    • 2 Jun 2019
  • Birding from Beginner to Novice

    It’s finally here. Welcome to Day one of National Volunteer’s week. In recognition of the event we will have a brand-new look to celebrating our volunteers webpage. National Volunteers’ week gives us the opportunity to say thank you...
    • 1 Jun 2019
  • Since volunteers’ week begins tomorrow we have a treat for you! A behind the scenes look at the RSPB council…

    A trustee may not be the first thing you think of when picturing a volunteer, but they play an extremely important role in the running of an organisation. At the RSPB we have a Council of up to 18 trustees who decide how the organisation is run. Coun...
    • 31 May 2019
  • Volunteer Case Study – South & West Scotland

    My first introduction to the RSPB was through my postgraduate student placement at RSPB Scotland as a science communication assistant. It was my love of nature that led me to make RSPB Scotland my first choice for my placement and it did not disappoi...
    • 1 Feb 2019
  • Calling all RSPB Cymru volunteers! Are you interested in becoming a nature policy advocate?

    We are delighted to have received funding from the Welsh Government to explore the potential of involving volunteers to increase our ability to engage with a greater range and number of nature policy issues throughout Wales. By doing this, we ho...
    • 14 Dec 2018
  • Minibeasts, allotments and giant cabbages all in a days work - a Volunteer Community Engagement Intern tale!

    Emily Panter was initially hesitant about her new role with the RSPB... If you get the chance to volunteer for the community engagement internship with RSPB then do it! There has never been a better time to do something than now. I can honestly...
    • 5 Oct 2018
  • BBC Countryfile Live: a fantastic team effort creates an impressive display

    How a group of intrepid volunteers helped create our stand for the Countryfile Live event... It all began back in February at Hope Farm with five volunteers briefed and ready to start building our main event feature for the stand, which came to...
    • 23 Aug 2018
  • Health Concerns? Do Yourself A Favour. Volunteer!

    Natalie Harrison takes a look at how Volunteering with us can have many positive impacts on your health... Making a difference lies at the heart of what it is to be a volunteer. Undoubtedly, we have a positive effect on the lives of those around...
    • 20 Jul 2018
  • Volunteer - And Fly High In Your Career!

    Natalie Harrison looks at some of the many ways in which volunteering with the RSPB can benefit your career... Sharing is caring - we all know that. But did you ever stop to think that volunteering could be more than simply a selfless activity?...
    • 13 Jul 2018
  • One step closer to my dream job

    As part of our nationwide Volunteers’ Week running from 1 to 7 June, today’s blog was written by Laura Humphries, a Marketing & Events Assistant volunteer based in Northern Ireland, about her placement at the RSPB. As part of my...
    • 7 Jun 2018
  • Puffineers and puffarazzi: the snap-happy volunteers helping puffins

    As part of our nationwide Volunteers’ Week running from 1 to 7 June , today’s blog is brought to you by Georgia Longmoor on her experience working on Project Puffin. Last spring we set out to find out why puffins are now as vulnerable to...
    • 6 Jun 2018
  • An excellent day out - Carpentry, planting and plenty of pizza

    As part of our nationwide Volunteers’ Week running from 1 to 7 June , today’s blog is about a group of volunteers from PricewaterhouseCoopers, the second largest professional services firm in the world, and their day of volunteering at Chorlton...
    • 5 Jun 2018
  • Wild adventures on an island rich in wildlife

    As part of our nationwide Volunteers’ Week running from 1 to 7 June, today’s blog is brought to you by Davene Everett about her experiences volunteering on Havergate Island. I started volunteering on Havergate after a conversation with...
    • 3 Jun 2018
  • Local heroes

    As part of our nationwide Volunteers’ Week running from 1 to 7 June, today’s blog focuses on the 10 th anniversary of the RSPB Torbay & South Devon Team. The Team was formed in 2008 so is coming up for its 10th anniversary this year...
    • 2 Jun 2018
  • A huge thank you to our volunteers

    RSPB Head of Volunteering Alan Murray gives a heartfelt thank you to all of our volunteers, without whom we could not do all the work we do... Did you know that today is the first day of national Volunteers' Week 2018 ? The 1 to 7 June is the annual...
    • 1 Jun 2018
  • National Volunteers’ Week 2018 is coming…

    National Volunteers' week runs from 1 to 7 June each year. During this annual national celebration of all that volunteers do we are taking the opportunity to say ‘thank you’ by talking about their fantastic contribution and sharing some...
    • 29 May 2018
  • Five volunteers, some recycled wood and hey presto – one RSPB event stand!

    David Reeves, a retired teacher, tells us about the volunteering work he is doing alongside four other enthusiastic volunteers on the RSPB event stand for the BBC Countryfile Live show, taking place at Blenheim Palace (2-5 August 2018). Thursday;...
    • 18 May 2018