The First to the Seventh of June marks National Volunteers Week. This is a time we give thanks for all our voluntary teams do to support us. We hope they know every day just how much their involvement is appreciated.
In many cases, volunteers are the public face of WWT, welcoming our visitors, ensuring their time with us is enjoyable, and helping them to understand the work we do to save wetlands for wildlife and people. Volunteers are also engaged in behind the scenes roles that are just as important – compiling image libraries, helping with research and conservation, and working in media and education – as well as the very hardy teams who help to maintain our grounds and reserves in all weathers.
As a social opportunity to allow our teams to get together, we offered an early morning bird walk. This took a route further out onto our reserve where breeding bird surveys are conducted. We were blessed with fine weather, and it was a treat to experience this at a time before the centre opened to the public. There were plenty opportunities to identify various species by their calls including Reed, Sedge & Willow warblers, as well as Song thrush, Skylark, Meadow pipit and Linnet (with some amusing impressions from our warden and manager!). We also saw multiple moths, mammal tracks, Roe deer and a Kestrel.
After this there was a well earned breakfast buffet. We hope this was well enjoyed and look forward to our next gathering.