15th September 2017, by Liz Gunby
This summer the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels team embarked upon its mission to inspire community action across the country. The holidays soon filled up with a busy events schedule of country fairs, gardening shows, and community gala days.
Rain or shine (often on the same day), the team got out there, spreading the word about red squirrel conservation and informing people on how they can take action to help red squirrels where they live.
All our staff were kept on their toes, but none more so than Liz Gunby, our new Community Engagement Officer for South Scotland. Liz shares some reflections on her first summer of squirrels.
The response has been nothing short of amazing! Everyone has been so friendly and encouraging. There is a lot of love for our native red squirrels, and people genuinely want to help and do what they can do to protect the species.
That’s a difficult one, as there are so many! If I had to choose, it would be the generosity our volunteers, freely giving their time to protect red squirrels. They work with passion, enthusiasm and commitment, and have a massive amount of knowledge which they willingly share. For me, this demonstrates a key point for learning and how we can further our knowledge and skills base, even in an area which is new to us.
Our events are designed to be inclusive, informative and fun. There’s a volunteering role for everyone— from helping with the spring surveys to running children’s activities at community events. It all helps to raise awareness and educate people about the wider conservation issue.
We work in a person-centred way, which means we are always aware of where people are ‘at’. We will never ask you to do more than you feel comfortable with, and will offer training for all new tasks and specific areas of conservation work.
Getting involved with the project is also a great way to make new friends and experience the wonder of the natural world first hand!
Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels has a whole range of exciting events lined up for the rest of the year, including guided walks, children’s activities and volunteer training days. Keep up to date by visiting the events listings on our Facebook page.
If you live in Dumfries & Galloway and would like to learn more about getting involved, come along to one of our upcoming information events:
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