Category Archives: Volunteering

Volunteering – let’s get physical

Alan first became an environmental volunteer over thirty years ago. He is currently a member of the Glasgow midweek group run by The Conservation Volunteers (TCV). His story stretches back to 1984. “I started volunteering way back, quite a long … Continue reading

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Shaping a career

“As you volunteer, not only do you learn key skills but you learn about the site you are maintaining; it’s a true sense of custodianship.” Kirsten Brewster writes about her diverse experience of volunteering, and how it has shaped her … Continue reading

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Katie O’Neill – Gartnavel volunteer

The Gartnavel Gardening Group is run by The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) within the grounds of Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow, and is open to former patients and members of the local community.  Using organic principles the group undertakes grow-your-own, ornamental and … Continue reading

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Growing up at St Cyrus NNR

Simon Ritchie began volunteering at St Cyrus NNR when he was just 16 years old. He shares his experience of growing up on the reserve, and how it has shaped him as an individual. Tell us about your volunteering experience … Continue reading

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Inspiring and educating about the natural world

Steven Sinclair is our Year of Young People 2018 Graduate Placement. He is working on engaging young people with nature, and is involved with National Nature Reserve communications. He tells us about his volunteering experience. Tell us a bit about … Continue reading

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The many attractions and benefits of volunteering

Our Themed Month for January will throw a spotlight on Environmental Volunteering.  We are delighted to get the ball rolling with an insight on the attraction of volunteering from Peter Cunningham.  A retiree, Peter highlights the many attractions and benefits … Continue reading

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Play for Scotland this weekend and take care of your trails

Mountain bikers from all over Europe will be out in force volunteering their time to take care of their trails this weekend, Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 April. The driving force behind this international competition is Graeme McLean, project manager … Continue reading

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Biodiversity on the move!

Millie Pringle is a student at Wallington High School for Girls, and recently spent a week’s internship with SNH and the Scottish Wildlife Trust. Here she shares some thoughts on how we could involve more people in spreading the benefits … Continue reading

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Surveying birds at sunrise

Tentsmuir NNR is lucky to have a fantastic team of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers. Here, one of the group, Tom Ross tells us about his love of birds and his days out surveying on the Reserve. There are three surveys … Continue reading

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Melissa’s story – from volunteer to assistant ranger

Melissa Viguier is one of Historic Environment Scotland’s new assistant rangers, but not long ago, she was a volunteer helping the rangers look after Holyrood Park. We asked her to tell us about her volunteering experience and how it prepared … Continue reading

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