Andrew volunteers at the WWT Castle Espie, he has been there every other Saturday since October 2015.
What does your volunteer role involve?
I am involved with the maintenance of the site which is the removal of nettles, thistles and ragwort, grass cutting, spreading wood chippings in the play are, repairs and painting etc. I also am involved with the support of the ducks and geese, I feed, clean and ensure their health and welfare.
What inspired you to get involved?
My children are a bit older so I have more time on my hands, I work all day in an office so the fresh air and exercise is great round the castle, I also enjoyed the wildlife in the area and bringing the children to the castle and meeting new people.
What skills or qualities are required for your volunteering role and what do you enjoy most about volunteering?
The skills need for this volunteering role is commitment, enthusiasm and ability to do the physical aspects of the role. I really enjoyed being part of a team and being close to nature.
Why would you encourage others to get involved?
It is great to be able to give something back and see the impact that your volunteering has. Volunteers are essential for so many different organisations to be able to survive and it makes you feel good to know you are doing something that will benefit others.
What has been the highlight of your volunteering?
It has to be the wildlife, seeing a Spoonbill, Kingfishers, the Swans in flight and then all of the wee ducklings, goslings and cygnets.
What advice would you give someone starting to volunteer?
Just go for it, look to volunteer in an area that is of interest to you. You will learn a lot, meet new people and make a real difference.