Meet our volunteers

Imperial has a large team of volunteers who come in and dedicate their spare time to help out with the centre and the birds. The volunteers are the "back bone" of the centre and without their help and enthusiasm, Imperial would not be where it is today. We would like to thank them all for their efforts and give you the chance to get to know a little more about them!

Mark

 

Mark is our longest serving volunteer. He has been at Imperial for 5 years and during his time here he has blossomed into a truly irreplaceable member of our team. He is knowledgable, friendly, kind and is a big hit with both the public and the staff who work alongside him. One of Mark's traits is his efficiency, he is very thorough in everything that he does and he is a great asset here at Imperial.

'Aunty' Lin 

 

Lin has been at the centre for a long time now and is a very loved member of the team. She is always a great person to be around and is very helpful with training and helping the newer volunteers with their progression. Lin has a very special connection with 'Moffie' The African spotted eagle owl (pictured in photo). Not to mention, she is very good at baking, and often surprises the other staff with a lovely selection of baked goodies!

Simon

 

Simon has been at Imperial for nealy a year and is a very valued member of the team! Simon is very cheerful and will always get tasks done effciently, wether that is babysitting our young owls for the night, or painting the staff room! Simon's versatility is fantastic. Grace, our female Kestrel is also very taken with him and always makes a fuss whenever he enters the centre. We hope to have Simon here with us for a long time.

Poppy

 

Poppy has been with Imperial for 2 years now. She has progressed a lot since starting here and is now a very capable volunteer and trusted member of the team. Poppy is one of our younger volunteers, however, this doesnt hinder her passion or determination when working with the birds. Poppy has recently started helping out with the Summer shows, we hope to have her with us for a long time.

Jake

 

Jake started here about 2 years ago, he joined with Poppy and together they prove to be a real dynamic duo. Jake is very thorough with his handling skills and has great empathy with the birds. He has recently started working in the summer shows and is very friendly and approachable with the public. We hope that Jake will be a long standing member of the team.

Kat

 

Kat is a long standing Imperial volunteer. Her story is one that inspires the newer members of the volunteer team. After volunteering here and getting to know all about the birds, Kat has visited and worked on vulture conservation projects in South Africa and now works at Colchester zoo! Kat is a great example of what determination and passion can do. 

Kim

 

Kim has been at the centre for nearly two years now, and is a very valuable member of the team. Her standad of work is incrediable, and always exceeds the presentaion of the centre from a day to day basis. Kim is always a friendly face down the centre, and we look foward to see how she will progress next year.

Matt

 

Matt has been a dedicated volunteer for 2 years now and has progressed into a very knowledgeable and skilled bird of prey handler. Completeing expereince days and shows every day, if you have an experience day with Matt you are guaranteed to have an amazing day!

Matt is also currently learning how to fly falcons in shows!

Leah

 

Leah is approaching her 2nd year of volunteering later on this year, and she has definately blossomed into an amzing volunteer. She always has a bright and bubbly personality that everyone loves, of which refletcs on the experience days that she completes.

 

 

 

Mark M


 

Mark is the definition of 'passion' here at the Imperial Bird of Prey Academy, Mark makes everyone feel welcome with his amazing perosnality. His experience day reviews are 5 stars which is definately due to vast amount of knowledge paired with a freindly face! We hope that Mark is a long standing volunteer.

Sam

 

Sam is our youngest volunteer at only the age of 16! He has been here every week for 2 years expressing his love for birds of prey, he has gained many skills throughout his work year of which will hopefully help him with his future in the animal industry.

Jamie

 

Jamie is one of the hardest working volunteers we have here at the centre, completing work at the highest standard with the birds welfare always in mind. He is a fast learner of which has shown in his bird training abilites. He is freindly, kind and very approachable to the public. A real valuable member of the team.

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