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Celebrating volunteers - Arthur Rivett

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

Arthur Rivett with bat detector"I live with my wife Marilyn in a small cottage in Stuston surrounded by a wildlife garden. I work just down the road as a greenkeeper for Diss Golf Club. Previous to that I spent fifteen years working for the Suffolk Wildlife Trust as the North Suffolk Field Officer at Redgrave and Lopham Fen.

I have had a keen interest in wildlife since I was a small boy and I started volunteering because I wanted to ‘do my bit’ for Suffolk wildlife having seen so many valuable wildlife habitats disappear in the village of Worlington where I grew up.

My volunteering first started in 1980 when I attended a talk on badgers given by SWT Conservation Officer Richard Woolnough and asked how I could get involved. He very quickly got me involved with badger surveying in the Kings Forest. Soon after that the Trust was given the Norah Hanbury-Kelk Memorial Meadows at Barton Mills and Richard appointed me as the first voluntary warden. I then set up the Brecks Volunteer Conservation Team to do work on the other breckland reserves as well. I have memories of organizing an open day at the Rex Graham reserve when over one thousand people turned up from all over the country to see the Military Orchids.

In early 1984 Alan Miller and I set up the Suffolk Bat Group and I served as chairman for the next twelve years. I am still involved with the Bat Group, organizing surveys, training new bat workers and helping run the Suffolk Mammal Group.

My latest volunteering involvement is with the Little Ouse Headwaters Project. This conservation project is run by local volunteers and covers the area from the source of the Little Ouse east of Redgrave and Lopham Fen down to Garboldisham. My volunteer time here is spent with my camera photographing wildlife, management, events and anything else that needs recording, and I have recently taken responsibility for organizing their photographic library.

I still get a great buzz from my volunteering and the day it gets boring will be the time to sell the camera and hang up the bat detector."