Volunteer Spotlight: Polzeath Marine Conservation Group

Lily Morton, Holly Morgan & Charlotte Street

Volunteer Beach Rangers for Polzeath Marine Conservation Group 2017, 18 & 19

 

Vickie Toland, Chair of the Polzeath Marine Conservation Group:

"We are a very small group of volunteers who are passionate about the conservation of the beautiful area and marine life in the area we are lucky enough to live in.

We had 5404 visitors to our small marine centre in the heart of the village during 2019, we took 461 people on rockpool rambles and hosted 377 children on school visits.

We struggle to find young people to volunteer with us as its so expensive to live in the village and the transport links are very poor so we offer basic accommodation costs in return for volunteering for 24hrs a week over the summer. This seems to work well for the group and the students as we get a knowledgeable student to help us with our work and they get volunteering work to not only improve their CV but also the help from professional people to help them with their degree or future employment as well as giving them confidence in dealing with members of the public. " 

 

Charlotte Street, volunteer beach ranger for the Polzeath Marine Conservation Group:

"The past 6 weeks have been phenomenal and truly an honour to have been able to spend my summer here volunteering, the experience has varied day to day greatly, ranging from having a starry hound shark laying on the doorstep with over 200 people bombarding you with questions to having hail pounding on the windows and not a soul in sight. It’s been awesome, to say but the least! " 

 

Lily Morton, volunteer beach ranger for the Polzeath Marine Conservation Group:

"I also met along the way many people who I think now would be willing to help me in my future marine biology career which is great and they are all lovely!" 

 

 

You can find out more about volunteering with the Polzeath Marine Conservation Group here