Volunteering for wildlife
Have you ever tried ringing birds? Terrifying! An enormous pair of pliers and a tiny stick-like bird's leg. Oh dear... what a combination! But ringing is actually crucial work to monitor what's happening to bird populations. I was lucky enough to try bird ringing as part of a short run of volunteering films we have made for this year's Springwatch.
The water vole is currently the UK's most threatened mammal. We 'processed' and released around 60 of them with an amazingly dedicated team of volunteers in Cumbria, one of whom (Alison Reed) had dedicated over a year of her life to breeding and bringing up dozens of water voles in her back garden.
Most recently I jumped off a cliff, high above the Avon Gorge in Bristol, with bird-mad volunteer climbers in order to help ring some peregrine chicks. I think I'd call that more 'extreme volunteering'.
When it comes to helping British wildlife there are a vast range of volunteering possibilities. It's massively rewarding, you meet some truly inspirational people just like I did and could even satisfy a yearn for an adrenaline rush. Find out about volunteering opportunities around you by going to BBC Breathing Places.
Finally, how about you? Do you volunteer? Do you find it rewarding? Do you perhaps have any advice/pointers for people wanting to volunteer to help wildlife? Let me know by commenting below.