Volunteer for Hen Harrier Action

Hen Harrier Action is the charity that supports Hen Harrier Days. To join our campaign to save the hen harrier and restore our uplands for nature and for people, you'll most probably want to run or support a Hen Harrier Day near you. You can learn more about that here.

But Hen Harrier Action itself also needs enthusiastic and committed volunteers. We are a new charity and have a very small team. If you would like to join that team, you can make a real impact, and this page is for you.

Apart from supporting events around the UK, our most important role is to reach new audiences. Hen Harrier Days are all about increasing public awareness and engagement and to do that we must reach wider communities. We need your help in reaching the UK's many diverse communities whether rooted in ethnic origin, interest in particular arts or activities, or anything else.

 

What we do

Hen Harrier Action is about communication and engagement. We are not directly a conservation charity, though our work is underpinned by both conservation science and a passion to protect the natural world. We campaign for nature in our uplands; our main aim is to increase awareness of the problems caused by mismanagement of those uplands.

Our main role is to support Hen Harrier Days across the UK. These are autonomous community and family events designed to be both celebrations of our native birds of prey and a protest against their illegal persecution. Our central role is to provide advice, encouragement and support, materials and expertise, and national-level social media, website and other capabilities. Our aim is to inform a wider public about Hen Harrier Days and what they are about, and to point people towards one they can join in with.

In 2020, because of Covid-19, there were no local events and we ran our first-ever online Hen Harrier Day, hosted by Chris Packham and Megan McCubbin. It was a huge success and for 2021 we are planning another online event, carefully aligned to support as many local events as we can encourage.

 

The contribution we seek

We are looking for volunteers with skill in the core areas of our work. That includes communications, marketing and events management.

We are also looking for people who can lead or support community engagement activities, for example flowing from their own interest in the arts, crafts or outdoor pursuits.

Everyone who is keen to support us is likely to have skills that we need. For example, we would like to have a shop on our website for appropriate merchandise. You may have the skills to run an online shop: if you do, that would be brilliant. But if you fancy running a shop but need someone else to do the website bit, that's great too. We'd love to have an online art-gallery too: the arts are a great way of getting our message across, and hopefully we might make a bit of money both for the cause and for the wildlife artists featured.

For our outreach activities, it's the same, really. Whether you are a hill walker, choreographer or involved in any other community, and feel that you could help engage that community, we want to hear from you.

Of course, we are also looking for volunteers with good technical and related skills: in website design, video recording, editing and mixing, sound and so on.

If you want to help, the first requirement is a willingness to commit. It doesn't matter the level: you and we can work out how best you can contribute given your availabililty. Whatever your skills, if you want to help we can find a way to enable that and would love to hear from you.

 

Our volunteers

Because our charity is new and very small, we still have only a few direct volunteers (as well as the trustees of the charity and all the people who run local events). But here you can meet a few of them.

Josh Hutt has a day job with a conservation charity. But he is also a videomaker and animator and made a great contribution to our online event in 2020. He says: “…the team at Hen Harrier Action have enabled me to be part of something bigger and given me the chance to use my skills as a videographer to support a cause that’s making a valuable difference for UK wildlife. Put simply, volunteering for Hen Harrier Day Online 2020 was an amazing experience and I can’t recommend it enough."

Debra Williams is a self-employed proofreader with a strong interest in nature and animal welfare. She has been helping out behind the scenes with the website and other communications. She says: “Volunteering in this way allows me to help the hen harrier without having a specific ecology or conservation background, and it’s also a great way of supporting the people ‘on the front line’ of raptor protection.”

 

Why volunteer for HHA?

Millions of people volunteer their time and skills to charities in the UK. And there are probably almost as many reasons why they do so. Many want to 'give something back', but especially in the environmental sector there is a sense that time is running out and that we should all do our bit. For many there is also benefit in using skills that are not fully deployed in the 'day job', or which in some way are a counterpoint to it. There's no doubt that volunteering also broadens experience in a valuable if sometimes intangible way, which is why it can suit people of all ages.

In HHA we all depend on each other, and so we will look to agree a level of commitment if you join us. That does not mean some huge commitment of time or effort. It means that we'll look to you to stick with what we agree in terms of contribution, delivery and deadlines. Of course people's circumstances are ever changing, and we understand that, but your first thought should be of agreeing a project with us which you'll aim to see through.

 If you would like to contribute and feel you can make a commitment, then we would love to hear from you. Please contact us at volunteer@henharrierday.uk