A volunteer's view

08 December 2014
Community Science volunteers

“It's brilliant to be part of something so important”

Jane Price - Community Science volunteer

“I took early retirement from the NHS at the age of 50 because I wanted to work in conservation. Volunteering is a brilliant way to get experience and to find out if conservation is for you. I've learned new skills and taken part in science - for an amateur scientist that is a great opportunity.”

“You get an incredible sense of satisfaction from taking part and knowing that your work is contributing valuable information which will help save our moorland habitats.

“It is something that gives you a buzz,” said Jane who has been involved in surveying specific types of bumblebees. The training focused on identification and improving observation skills as well as working together in a team.

“It's great because you learn so much during the training and can then immediately put what you have learnt into practice. It has helped me see the moors in a different way and be more focused on nature and the surrounding landscape.”

"I have enjoyed meeting like-minded people from all walks of life. You are able to learn from everybody else’s experience and knowledge. Volunteers are given support and encouragement and there is a warmth and friendliness you get from staff which is really important."

Jane Price lives in the Peak District and has been a volunteer for the Community Science Project. Her volunteering experience with the project and the research and monitoring team has led to a casual research and monitoring post. FInd out how to become a volunteer.

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