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Volunteers at The Devil's Spittleful by Wendy Carter

Local charity Worcestershire Wildlife Trust is encouraging people to put their over-indulgence during the festive season behind them and get involved with volunteering across Worcestershire.

The nature conservation organisation relies on more than 400 volunteers across the county to help with their work.  This year they’re looking for people to get down and dirty on their nature reserves, undertaking practical conservation work to help wildlife and the environment.

Emma Wurmli, volunteer development officer for the Trust, explained “Many of our volunteer work parties right across Worcestershire are looking for extra pairs of hands to help out.  We’ve got several beautiful nature reserves in north Worcestershire, in particular, that all need a helping hand to make them even better for the wildlife that live there.

“Our volunteers are vital to our work and involved in almost everything that we do – from helping on nature reserves to inspiring the next generation through our events and work with schools.

“We’re encouraging anyone who wants to work off their Christmas puds to make a new resolution and get involved this year.  Volunteering offers people the chance to try something new, look afresh at the year ahead, get fit, meet new people and help our precious environment.”

Roving volunteers in woodland by Brian Taylor

Volunteers by Brian Taylor

Volunteer work parties take place on both weekdays and weekends.  Training is provided so no experience is necessary – the Trust asks for enthusiasm and a willingness to get involved.

New volunteers are welcome to join any of the volunteering groups but the following are particularly in need of help:

  • The Devil’s Spittleful, Bewdley/Kidderminster/Stourport – 3rd Saturday of each month
  • Penorchard Meadows, Clent/Stourbridge – 1st Monday of each month
  • Wilden Marsh, nr Kidderminster/Stourport – Last Sunday of each month
  • Northern reserves roving group, Bewdley/Kidderminster/Stourport – 3rd Wednesday of each month

In addition, the Trust are also hoping to recruit a volunteer manager and warden for their nature reserve at Pound Green Common and a volunteer warden for the Helen Mackaness meadow near Bewdley.  These roles would take on more responsibility for managing and checking the sites on a regular basis.

Emma continued  “With more than 400 volunteers, anyone who is thinking about joining in will receive a warm welcome, have the chance to make new friends and learn new skills.”

“Some of the practical work can be tough but we feel great when it’s done and it’s wonderful to see the impact you can make – both on the day itself and a few months later when you see what a difference it’s made for the wildlife.

“Why not shake off the January blues and make volunteering your number one New Year Resolution?”

Visit the volunteer page for more information about volunteering with the Trust and for links to all current volunteer opportunities or email Emma or call her on 01905 754919.