Volunteers urged to answer a “call to nature”

Wednesday 24th May 2017

Living Seas Centre Manager Anthony Hurd delivers a ‘Marine Biologist for a Day’ Living Seas Centre Manager Anthony Hurd delivers a ‘Marine Biologist for a Day’ experience to a visiting school.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust looks to expand its network of supporters as the contributions made by millions of volunteers across the UK are celebrated during Volunteers' Week 2017, 1 – 7 June

Could you inspire others through volunteering? Find out more at a Volunteer Information Day

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is encouraging people with a passion for protecting and conserving Yorkshire's wild places and wildlife to join them at the Living Seas Centre at Flamboroughon 5 Junefor a Volunteer Information Day.

Across Yorkshire, over 600 active volunteers are currently helping to manage great swathes of Yorkshire's wild places; run projects that safeguard habitats and species for future generations; and educate and inspire all ages about the wildlife around them.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Living Seas Centre (LSC) offers a typical example of the enormous impact volunteers make to a charitable organisation such as Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Opened in 2013 and quietly nestled a stone's throw from the beautiful South Landing beach in Flamborough, the LSC engages with thousands of people each year through events and activities for local schools and the wider public keen to explore and learn more about the marine wildlife along the Yorkshire coast.

The Centre welcomed more than 17,000 visitors through its doors during 2016, with around 2000 young people taking part in education sessions and over 2500 people attending events such as Living Seas Safari boat trips and Seashore Safaris .

The Centre is managed by just one full-time member of staff, and, currently, crucially supported by a 20-strong team of volunteers.

LSC Manager Anthony Hurd explained: "Our current team of volunteers are doing an incredible job, offering their time and skills for any number of different tasks – from Centre upkeep and repairs to welcoming visitors and assisting in our education work. We simply couldn't do what we do without their support. The Centre has been such a great success and we are needing more people on the ground as demand for our work is expanding."

Additionally, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust manage the cliff top meadows with help from its volunteers and a local farmer, to preserve and expand the rare and beautiful landscape.

Marie joined the LSC as a volunteer last year: "I help out at the Centre once a week and fit this around my availability. Formerly a midwife, I had always worked as part of a team and since retiring I missed this interaction with colleagues. I love the sea, wildlife and meeting new people. My time spent at the Centre puts me again at the heart of a team and, as a relative newcomer to Flamborough, has enabled me to learn and understand so much about this beautiful stretch of coastline."

On average, volunteers spend one day a week at the Centre and Anthony is keen to stress that people can choose to help out as their time allows:

"Whatever the time commitment on offer, we are looking for people who can inspire others and help us to deliver events and activities throughout the year," he said. "If you enjoy being around people, on the beach, and sharing your passion for wildlife with others, then we'd love to hear from you and urge you to attend the information day in June. It's a great way to find out about the Living Seas Centre's work and spend time on the beach for a taster of the different sessions you would be involved with as a volunteer."

The LSC Volunteer Information Day takes place Monday 5 June 10am – 3pm. To find out more about volunteer roles at Living Seas Centre or to book a place to attend the information day, contact volunteering@ywt.org.ukor telephone 01904 659570.

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