Podcast | How important are volunteers in conservation? Rhoda Ludford – Volunteering Development Consultant with the RSPB

How important are volunteers in conservation?

What are the different types of work you can do as a volunteer, and how can it benefit your career?

We answer these and many more questions in discussion with today’s guest Rhoda Ludford.

Rhoda is the Volunteering Development Consultant with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) – Europe’s largest wildlife conservation organisation with over 2,000 staff, 10,000 volunteers and 1 million members.

Rhoda has worked for the RSPB for 22 years, mostly in volunteering development and have recently moved into species recovery where she is responsible for a project that develops and manages volunteer teams doing species recovery work across the UK.

In today’s chat, she shares her experiences of working for the RSPB, her career path and also advice about how to connect with and make the most out of their volunteer opportunities.

It’s a wide-ranging, volunteer-actioning, species-conserving chat.





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Links & Resources

If you’d like to enquire about volunteering on Rhoda’s current project please email SpeciesVolunteerNetwork@rspb.org.uk.

The main email for volunteer enquiries is volunteers@rspb.org.uk with opportunities on their main website at https://www.rspb.org.uk/helping-nature/support-the-rspb/volunteering.

Giving Corncrake a Home Volunteers on a thank you event to Rathlin Island. Credit: Anne Guichard/RSPB.

Main image: A volunteer training session for the Geltsdale and Hadrian’s Wall Curlew LIFE team. Credit: Jaki Bell/RSPB.

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