Celebrating role of volunteers in wetland conservation

Mari Proudlock on the membership desk

Mari Proudlock on the membership desk

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Arundel Wetland Centre has celebrated 40 years of involving volunteers in wetland conservation – and calling for more people to get involved.

The Wildfowl and Wetland Trust (WWT) centre is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and the charity says its success would not have been possible without the support of its committed staff and volunteers.

Craft volunteer Margaret Kett

Craft volunteer Margaret Kett

Millions of people have visited and volunteers have helped staff to provide young and old with a great day out, as well as inspiring them about its wetland conservation work in the UK and internationally.

WWT Arundel is now looking for the next generation of enthusiastic volunteers who want to get involved through practical, hands-on roles in the grounds team, encouraging families to learn about the importance of wetlands or showing visitors the stunning wildlife as a Guide in the Hide.

Centre manager Dave Fairlamb said: “We really value the support we receive from our volunteers in supporting our work.

“Volunteers can get involved in a variety of ways, from supporting us in the office, getting hands on outside on the grounds and reserve or inspiring the next generation to care for wetlands.

Grounds volunteers Tony Clasby and Pauline Jones working on the wet grassland habitat

Grounds volunteers Tony Clasby and Pauline Jones working on the wet grassland habitat

“We simply couldn’t achieve as much as we do without their support.”

The centre is especially looking for skilled carpenters to help repair and maintain the facilities and people confident interacting with visitors of all ages about wildlife in the learning team.

Visit www.wwt.org.uk or contact Chris Cavalier, volunteering development officer, on 020 8409 4460 or email volunteer.arundel@wwt.org.uk for more information.

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