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Celebrating volunteers - Adrian Hinchliffe

Our volunteers are an essential part of our work, giving their time freely to make a difference for Suffolk's wildlife.

Adrian Hinchliffe and badger cub taken by Tim YeoHaving always had a passion for wildlife, my attention was focussed after visiting Scotland. Seeing badgers from a hide made me crave more information and on my return to Ipswich I booked on a course with tutor Margaret Grimwade. Her passion, knowledge and enthusiasm made a huge impact on me and soon I was let loose in Suffolk in the form of a volunteer, recording badger setts for Suffolk Wildlife Trust.

I will never forget using the knowledge gained as a volunteer, sitting late one Friday night in a field, watching a badger and cub, blissfully unaware of my presence. Working in Essex for Anglian Water, means lots of travelling and soon I joined the North East Essex Badger Group, recording badgers for them too.

Getting out into the countryside to carry out voluntary work has greatly increased my awareness, rekindling an old passion for photography. In an age of digital technology taking pictures and recording them for other people’s enjoyment and education is so much easier.

Further training and courses opened my eyes to more tracks, trails and signs of which I was previously oblivious to. Now I also survey for otter, mink and water vole and since the very sad loss of Margaret, I have become the Suffolk Mammal Group Co-ordinator.

Through voluntary work I have made contact with a great deal of people with wide ranges of experience and stories to tell. I believe sharing knowledge is vital for the understanding and conservation of wildlife for future generations.