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Volunteer Stories: Bob

Bob started volunteering at Middleton Hall in 2011. He had retired from his career in printer maintenance in 2009, and wanted to get involved in local conservation work to keep him busy. Bob is passionate about wildlife conservation so he found himself right at home in Middleton Hall’s Site of Special Scientific Interest which is buzzing with all kinds of creatures and flora.

We really value his contributions here, such as working hard to turn the meadow back into a flower meadow, doing maintenance work in the courtyard, and supporting us on National Meadow Day. He regularly runs small mammal surveys across site and has discovered that we have a high density of field mice and water voles here. This year, Bob also spotted a Cinnabar moth on site, which has not been recorded here for many years.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering here?

I enjoy the company of others who share my interests, and I just love been out in the open air. Volunteering here is also a challenge where I can be part of a large and important project. It’s great to be able to pass on my skills to my fellow volunteers, and also learn new things from them.

What is your best memory of Middleton Hall?

I was doing a butterfly survey in the meadow. Suddenly, hundreds and hundreds of Chimney Sweeper Moths came flying out of the grass! It was such a wonderful experience and such a beautiful sight to see.

What are your hopes for the future of the hall and grounds?

I want to see the hall and grounds as a whole prosper, and I’m looking forward to seeing the barn being converted, should the HLF bid be successful. There is still some work to be completed in the meadow and along the nature trail, which I am looking forward to being a part of.

Thank you to Bob, and all of our volunteers for their continued hard work. Bob will be leading a Small Mammal Survey morning on Friday 27th October at 8am till 9am – come along and join us!

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