Volunteer Blogs

Volunteer Voices: The Fence

Haweswater’s trusty volunteers may be unable to take part in our Thursday work parties right now, but they’ve been keeping in touch online. From quizzes to sharing some (very) creative writing, they’ve been up to it all. Here’s one of our favourite poems from Haweswater Volunteer Chris Brookes, which will hopefully give you as much of a laugh as it did us. By the way, a ‘gdonga’ is what our… Read More »Volunteer Voices: The Fence

From Saltholme to Haweswater… and back again

Last week, Visitor Experience Intern Laura Pringle travelled from RSPB Saltholme in industrial Teesside to our rural Haweswater base, on a trip to explore the distinctions between our two sites. Here she shares her mini-adventure with us…

Species Highlight: Red Squirrel

Our Residential Volunteer Sam Mould has been finding out about one of the Lake District’s most infamous and beautiful inhabitants; the Red Squirrel. Here she shares her findings… The red squirrel Sciurus vulgaris is the only native squirrel in the British Isles. Red squirrel preference is for mixed or broadleaf woodlands that give a wider diversity of species, meaning an increase in the availability of food. Unfortunately, largely due to… Read More »Species Highlight: Red Squirrel

Volunteer Voices: Tamsin

Join Tamsin as she reminisces of her adventures with bracken, badgers, banana bread and so much more, whilst on her residential volunteer placement at RSPB Haweswater. A few weeks ago I boarded a train at Euston headed for Penrith, the North Lakes. I was excited and looking forward to a week outdoors, away from the constraints of the desk and otherwise generally sedentary lifestyle. I had packed all my favourite… Read More »Volunteer Voices: Tamsin