We encourage people from all walks of life to take an interest and to be active in supporting nature conservation where they live and work.
A wide variety of roles are undertaken by our volunteers. Here are a few of the common roles:
Our volunteers are ambassadors for nature. They help to spread the word about us and the special sites and species we protect.
Volunteers bring a huge range of new skills to Natural England. We are also able to increase the amount of time spent on protecting nature. We have estimated that, in total, our volunteers give around 29,000 days of support per year!
Many environmental organisations depend on the support from committed and enthusiastic volunteers but new research by Natural England has revealed the true value of their help.
Volunteer Investment and Value Audit (VIVA) is a recognised performance management tool in the voluntary sector, being well tried and tested by many charities and voluntary groups since 1996. The Volunteer Investment and Value Audit for 2011: (266kb) discovered 3000 volunteers provided over 29,300 working days, which has a market value of over £3.5 million.
(8 February 2013) To recognise and celebrate the invaluable contribution that volunteers make to our work, we asked our staff to put forward their nominations for our new ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award. The results are now in.
(10 October 2012) Over 40 volunteers recently joined Natural England Board Member Doug Hulyer at a barbecue to say thank you for their work on the great white egret project.