We’d love to introduce you to our Volunteer Voice for July, Ana Barroso da Silva. Ana has been volunteering with us since October 2022 when she moved into the Wycombe area due to work.

‘When looking for volunteering opportunities to make better use of my free time, I found the Chiltern Rangers. Walking in nature was always one of my favourite hobbies to release the stress of day-to-day work as a social worker. Volunteering with Chiltern Rangers seemed a perfect match to the willingness to meet people from my community and care for the environment, while chilling on days off. Indeed, I try to be out with the Rangers every week!

It is difficult to choose a favourite day/event, as all are quite unique and I have been enjoying each single day.

Favourite fauna/flora? There are too many and I am still learning about it! Wildflowers can easily gather my attention not only for their natural beauty but mainly due to reminding me about the meaning of resilience.

I have herpetophobia, which is fear of reptiles, and I can feel quite uncomfortable with earthworms. However, seeing me so happy on a day out with the Rangers, confidently coworking with wonderful people, no one would say that I have such fear.’

Finally here’s what Ana has to say about anyone thinking about volunteering with us – ‘No one needs to be particularly skilled to help out! Litter picking is as important as planting a tree or building a shelter. Everyone is welcomed and included on our mission! Nevertheless, I must say that I have been developing several skills and learning a lot about my own community, namely its amazing woodlands and urban wildlife projects. So, just positives when thinking about volunteering with the Chiltern Rangers! 😁

If you would like to volunteer with us, please call 01494 474486 or email info@chilternrangers.co.uk.  Or visit our volunteering page for more information: https://chilternrangers.co.uk/be-a-conservation-volunteer/