Volunteering opportunities



Celebrating volunteers - Debs Crawford

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

Debs with our Hebridean flock at RedgraveDebs Crawford completed a six month live-in volunteering post at Redgrave and Lopham Fen near Diss.

Following 20 years in the travel industry, which culminated in working for an adventure travel company, Debs decided it was time for a change.

“I decided what I really wanted to do was work outdoors in conservation. I started with the Trust 3yrs ago going out with the then Ipswich team leader Gee Harvey three times a week and I loved it. After completing a foundation degree in conservation and environment at Writtle College I realised that what I needed to work as a ranger or warden, was experience of large scale reserve management.

My post at the Fen has given me just that. I have helped organise the volunteer team here, carried out scrub management and got involved in livestock husbandry which included checking teeth and clipping hooves! Living here has been wonderful – can anyone wish for a more breathtaking backyard!

Debs is now employed with Suffolk Wildlife Trust as Valley Fens Reserves Assistant at Redgrave & Lopham Fen.