Volunteering for Wildlife and Water in Cambridgeshire

To celebrate Volunteers Week here are a selection of ways you could get involved in our fantastic Cambridgeshire landscape and wildlife:

WWT Welney Wetland Centre

Family Engagement Volunteer

At WWT we shape unforgettable experiences for our visitors. We believe the best way for people to understand and connect to wetlands is to experience them, so we bring awe-inspiring nature up close and let it do the talking. As a family engagement volunteer, you will:
• Work as part of a small team to engage our family visitors with fun and entertaining days out, focussing on informal activities and seasonal events throughout the year: from pond dipping and bug hunting, to bird watching and owl pellet dissection!
• Help to prepare and run seasonal holiday events and WWT national events such as Puddle Jumping, GIANT Duck Trail, and Lego Trail
• Support staff with delivering other special events, such as bats and barn owl evening walks, and guided walks
• Assist staff and volunteers with occasional media related activities and placing prepared self-led seasonal interpretation around the reserve
• Keep up to date with the latest news and events at the centre and talking to visitors about forthcoming events and activities that may be of interest
• Have an overview of the basic centre knowledge to be able to assist any visitors who ask for guidance whilst you are active in the centre and on the reserve
• Take due care for the safety, welfare and enjoyment of the visiting public, especially children

Welney Wetland Centre, Nr Wisbech, PE14 9TN

Contact: Holly Ridd
Volunteer.welney@wwt.org.uk
07879 664753

This role is for those aged 18+. There are limited public transport routes directly to the Welney Wetland Centre and so use of your own vehicle or lift sharing would be helpful. Please see our webpage for further details. We regret that we are not in a position to reimburse travel expenses, however pre-agreed out of pocket expenses incurred in the course of your volunteering activities will be reimbursed.

Middle Level Commissioners – volunteering with watery wildlife

 

Sometimes it is very helpful to have an extra pair of hands when carrying out biodiversity work around the waterways and IDB districts of the Middle Level. It might be holding a ladder when checking barn owl or bat boxes, planting black poplar cuttings, or searching for signs of water voles. If you would be interested in helping out on the occasional day, please get in touch. All that is required is an interest in wildlife, a back in good working order and an enthusiastic outlook. With luck, amongst the practical work, there should be a chance of seeing some of the wildlife of the waterways. If you are interested please contact:

Cliff Carson, Environmental Officer, MLC Offices, 85 Whittlesey Road, March. PE15 0AH
Phone: 1354 653232,    Email: cliff.carson@middlelevel.gov.uk

(photos courtesy of Cliff Carson)

River Care and other river based groups

River Care groups are local volunteers funded by Anglian  Water and Keep Britain Tidy – they have a local group leader and are supported by their local River Care representative. Activities vary based on the need of the location – litter picks, river clean ups and improvements for wildlife can all feature.There are groups at:

  • Werrington Brook RiverCare: https://www.pect.org.uk/event/werrington-brook-rivercare-2/
  • Ramsey River Care: contact Rachel Brown rachael.brown@cambsacre.org.uk (01353 865037) or John Palmer: jpbiggles@hotmail.com
  • Friends of Cherry Hinton Brook: http://www.friendsofcherryhintonbrook.org.uk/

Cam Valley Forum: The Cam Valley Forum is a voluntary group, established in 2001. We work with our extensive network of partners to protect and improve the environment of the River Cam and its tributaries. More information on volunteering or joining at: https://camvalleyforum.uk/  or contact: info@camvalleyforum.uk

The River Mel Restoration Group

The River Mel Restoration Group consists of community volunteers, whose aims are to restore and enhance the characteristic habitats, plants and wildlife of the River Mel.

For further information telephone Maureen Brierley on (01763) 262752 or visit : www.rivermel.com.

The Wildlife Trust

Lots of opportunities exist with the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust – from bird monitoring to working with children and families. The Great Fen website lists them all – take a look:  https://www.wildlifebcn.org/volunteer-opportunities

 WWT Welney Wetland Centre: Reserves Support Team Volunteer (Sundays)

As a Reserves Support Team volunteer, you will be part of a team meeting every 3rd Sunday each month to complete scheduled tasks, including:

  • assisting with all practical reserve management activities including scrub clearance, pruning, pollarding and fencing
  • supporting staff and other volunteers with the construction and maintenance of ponds, scrapes, ditches and reed beds thus helping to ensure that the reserve water bodies are maintained and managed appropriately
  • assisting with the management of grazing livestock
  • assisting with the construction and maintenance of access routes to the bird hides including the maintenance of fences, footpaths and hides
  • working with a variety of hand tools safely and correctly, observing and applying health and safety regulations at all times
  • taking due care for the safety, welfare and enjoyment of the visiting public

Welney Wetland Centre, Nr Wisbech, PE14 9TN

Contact: Holly Ridd
Volunteer.welney@wwt.org.uk
07879 664753

This role is for those aged 18+. There are limited public transport routes directly to the Welney Wetland Centre and so use of your own vehicle or lift sharing would be helpful. Please see our webpage for further details. We regret that we are not in a position to reimburse travel expenses, however pre-agreed out of pocket expenses incurred in the course of your volunteering activities will be reimbursed.

 

 

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