A Big Thank You to Our Volunteers

Ellie Sherlock

Our volunteers are so vital for the work we do across the Carbon Landscape. As a way of saying thank you, we organised a Sunday bird watching trip along the beautiful Sefton Coast and Ribble Estuary. The day offered a fantastic opportunity to get to know each other and our wildlife a bit better. Most amazingly of all, it was warm.


We started off the day at the RSPB Marshside Nature Reserve Visitor Centre. Teas, biscuits and binoculars in hand we settled in to enjoy the panoramic views. Widgeon, potchard and tufty ducks (to name just a few) went about their daily business of flapping and splashing whilst we nosily peaked at them from our hide.


Once we had successfully nibbled our way through the provisions we marched on to the nature reserve itself where we spotted cormorants in large flocks and dazzlingly white little egrets. It was so clear and bright you could easily make out Blackpool Tower and the snowy tops of the peak district in the distance.


We stopped for a quick lunch before moving onto the next site at Hesketh Out Marsh, another gorgeous location with plenty to see including a barn owl that sparked a lot of excitement amongst the group. It was a fantastic few hours for everyone to unwind and we are so glad that so many of you came along to enjoy it with us.


Our volunteers get involved in all sorts of activities across the Carbon Landscape from practical habitat management to biological recording. Not only do these activities benefit our valuable wildlife and habitats they also benefit our volunteers…


"I am feeling more confident in my recording skills and am looking forward to taking on a second site later this month".


Thank you again to all our Carbon Landscape volunteers and we hope to see you all again soon at a similar event.


To find out more about the volunteering opportunities available head to our website, http://bit.ly/2GHs0mG 

Volunteering is a fantastic #firststep for getting out into the Carbon Landscape. Follow the ‘first steps’ campaign on our social media sites and show us how you’re exploring this exciting landscape using the hashtag - #firststeps