Volunteering with the Scottish Wildlife Trust can be hugely rewarding. But don’t take our word for it – here’s what our current volunteers say about their time volunteering with the Trust!
Allison Dube – planning volunteer at head office
“As a planning volunteer, I provide a ‘voice’ for wildlife and habitats. A forest can’t tell a developer not to cut it down. It’s important that wildlife and habitats are represented so they can be protected from inappropriate development. My contribution – and any volunteers’ contribution – helps to increase the capacity of the Scottish Wildlife Trust so it can keep working towards its vision.
“I’m learning a lot about Scotland’s wildlife and habitats, and how protection works. And of course it is great to get to know a lot of the people that work at the Trust and be surrounded by like-minded people.”
Wendy Patterson – Wildlife Watch volunteer, Newcastleton
“Volunteering as a Wildlife Watch leader has opened up the natural world to young children so that they can pass this love of nature onto their own children. It’s great fun and rewarding to see parents and kids working together and the positive feedback you get from kids enjoying themselves. It builds a sense of social responsibility for the local landscape.
“A large part of a child’s formative years should be spent outdoors exploring, regardless of where they live, and being involved in a Wildlife Watch group is a great opportunity to educate the kids for the future.”
Colin Wilson – Reserve Project Group volunteer in Dalkeith
“Being a Reserve Project Group volunteer is a great opportunity to get out and about and do something positive now I’m retired. I like the flexibility of being able to turn up whenever I can. I can fit volunteering around my life.
“My work is helping generate some lasting change on Trust reserves and I am helping to leave the local area in a better shape. I’ve discovered some fantastic ‘hidden’ Trust reserves in the Lothians and Borders whilst learning new skills, having fun meeting new people and learning about local species and management.”