Become a volunteer and support your community

RSPB Ynys Hir

Ynys-hir mixes Welsh oak woodland with wet grassland and saltmarshes. 

In the spring, the ground is carpeted in flowers, and birdsong fills the air. You might see flycatchers and redstarts emerging from the nestboxes. 

Summer brings wading birds, such as lapwings and redshanks, and some very special butterflies too. Then in the colder months, ducks and geese move in. 

Feast your eyes from any of our seven hides – look out for birds of prey. Then round off your visit with a snack at the visitors' centre. Please take care on the paths as some are rugged.

The reserve always needs volunteers to maintain the sizeable estate - whether it's marsh or bracken clearance, habitat maintenance, bird box counting or working in the visitor centre, or helping to promote the site.

We have over 13,000 fantastic volunteers and they come from all walks of life. Between them, they contribute over a million hours each year. Our volunteering roles can be tailored to your skills, interests and circumstances.

You do not have to be an RSPB member to volunteer with us.

If you are under 18 we need the permission of your parent or guardian before we can take you on as a volunteer.

I don't know anything about birds  

You don’t have to be a bird expert to volunteer for us. There are many ways that you can get involved with our work, and if you don't know a robin from a redwing, it really doesn't matter.

Where can I volunteer?

Wherever suits you! Choose from:

  • your home
  • in your local community
  • outdoors or indoors on our nature reserves
  • at your nearest RSPB office
  • abroad

A little time makes a world of difference

You can give as much or as little time as you like. Any time you can spare will be hugely appreciated and will help our vital work for birds, other wildlife and the environment.