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Jonathan with a volunteer group

Jonathan with a volunteer group

A local hero

Jonathan has been 'Saving Planet Earth' since he was very young...

Since an early age I always watched wildlife documentaries and have always had a great interest in wildlife, but conservation work was actually something I fell into, but now I'm able to mix a hobby with employment so I get paid to do something I like!

The Tees Valley Wildlife Trust is a local conservation charity which covers the geographical area covers Hartlepool to Skinningrove (north – south) and as far west as Darlington.

Jonathan gets an award

Jonathan gets an award

I’ve been with the Trust now for over 5 years, and have worked on a great range of projects, such as working with our New Deal programme, managing and developing Nature Reserves across the Tees Valley, and a 3 year project working to develop and implement practical improvement projects including transforming the former Portrack Incinerator into the Portrack Meadows greenspace.

I've also been able to take some of my interests a step further, and I am an environmental consultant carrying out survey work on species including Great Crested Newts, Water Vole, Bats and Badgers.

My greatest achievement since working for the Trust has been the establishment of the various volunteer groups that I’m involved with today, and seeing how people develop with time and experience!

How can I get involved?

Without the input of volunteers, the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust would not be able to do much of its work, and it is only through the hard work and dedication of our volunteer teams that we can do what we do!

Our opportunities include:

• Joining existing volunteer groups to help manage Nature reserve and work on community projects.
• You can develop your area of expertise. For example if you have a passion for photography you can come along to the volunteer groups and take photos.
• If you see an animal, mammal or plant anywhere in the Tees Valley send the records into the trust (including: animal, location, number, and date)

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