Meet the Volunteers:
Volunteer Kate Ashley introduces herself and shares her thoughts on volunteering below.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I moved into the area in June last year just before having a baby (now nearly one). I’ve spent a lot of my time on maternity leave exploring the local area with my little girl – she has done many loops of Bartley Reservoir while asleep! Before having a baby I worked in nature conservation. I have a keen interest in wildlife and since moving here I have seen 100 different bird species on or near the reservoir!
What volunteering have you done so far for FOBR?
I have taken part in the practical volunteering side of things including woodland management work in Bromwich Wood and pathway work near St Leonards. I am also helping to collect more wildlife records from the area.
What made you want to volunteer?
It was thanks to the FOBR that I learnt where I could walk around the Reservoir and I am really impressed with the work they have done to improve access for people. As I spend a lot of time in the area I was keen to help out where I could. Spending a few hours volunteering on a weekend also gives me a break from parenting and the chance to do something different!
What do you get out of volunteering, out of giving your time in this way?
I’ve enjoyed meeting with other volunteers, everyone is so friendly and we have some good chats while we work. It is also enjoyable being out in nature and doing something practical. It’s always rewarding seeing what difference we’ve made at the end of a session.
What would you say to anyone thinking of volunteering?
I would encourage anyone to get involved. It’s a great way to meet other people and get to know the local area better and you feel good knowing you’re dong something to benefit the community.
What would you like to see FOBR do differently/more of/do that they aren't doing already?
More focus on improving and protecting areas for wildlife