Volunteer Committee member
Wildlife Discovery Centre
Mark has been bird watching for 15 to 20 years in Lee Valley Regional Park which he has really enjoyed and has been volunteering for two years at the Bittern Information Point, a bird hide in the heart of River Lee Country Park, Hertfordshire.
He finds his role varies and can consist of giving out information about what visitors can do in the park, providing maps and answering a range of questions about the wildlife in the park. He takes reports of wildlife sightings, logs them, explains the conservation work which is going on as well as assisting visitors to the Bittern Information Point.
“I’m a huge advocate for volunteering; I have learnt a number of new skills such as First Aid and encourage others to take up volunteering.”
Mark believes that: “One of the best things about volunteering is the diversity of different people you meet including families, couples, older people, photographers, bird watchers and dog walkers. You develop some great camaraderie with visitors and make new friends with similar interests.”
He joined the committee in December 2015.