Volunteer stories

Volunteer Stories

EVS Volunteer, Solene with barn owl chick 

Volunteers making a difference for wildlife

Over 100 people volunteer for Ulster Wildlife, helping to make a big difference for wildlife and wild places in Northern Ireland. Find out more about them, why they volunteer and what they enjoy most about volunteering reading their stories below. 

I love seeing young people get out in nature and am amazed by their vast knowledge of the planet.
Charmaine Beer
Bloomfield Volunteer Wildlife Watch Leader
Charmaine Beer, Volunteer Wildlife Watch Leader

Charmaine Beer, Volunteer Wildlife Watch Leader

“I have been a volunteer Wildlife Watch Leader for about 17 years in East Belfast. I love seeing young people get out in nature and am amazed by their vast knowledge of the planet. They see the value of nature clearly and when we spend time with children outdoors they come alive in a way that they don't always in an indoor classroom setting, sharing a stream of lively ideas.

"Our group enjoy doing practical things in Orangefield Park, as well as having a passion for global issues like climate, marine litter and water pollution. We have planted hundreds of trees and wildflowers, been snorkelling and rockpooling, explored forests and rivers, counted bats and bugs, picked litter, been on Radio Ulster, made self-portraits in mud - and still have plenty of things left to do!”

I would definitely recommend volunteering as a worthwhile way of whiling away a few hours.
David Gibson
Fundraising Volunteer
David Gibson (centre), Fundraising Volunteer

David Gibson (centre), Fundraising Volunteer

“Retired and looking at various options to keep me out of mischief, I became a volunteer with Ulster Wildlife in 2006. Today I am still doing it, still enjoying it and would definitely recommend it as a worthwhile way of whiling away a few hours. Initially, I was involved in butterfly recording but over the last number of years, I have switched to helping with promotional stands at public events, such as fairs and festivals, aimed at raising awareness of Ulster Wildlife’s work for local wildlife. 

A staff member looks after membership promotion at such events, but equally important is the drive to interestyoung people in nature through craft activities. This is where the volunteer comes in - materials are provided and no outstanding artistic ability is required! Most of the events are over weekends or bank holidays and you can choose the time slot that suits. The company and the craic are good! So why not give it a try.”