Gracie becomes the youngest volunteer

Gracie Mae Mortimer at RSPB Bempton Cliffs visitor centre
Gracie Mae Mortimer at RSPB Bempton Cliffs visitor centre

There can’t be many seven year old girls who prefer bird song to the songs of One Direction but then Gracie Mae Mortimer is quite unusual.

Not only is she passionate about nature, she’s also just become the youngest volunteer at the RSPB’s internationally renowned nature reserve at Bempton Cliffs on the East Yorkshire coast.

“So far I’ve been litter picking around the seabird centre and I’ve helped fill the bird feeders. Next I’m going to learn how to work the CCTV cameras so I can show visitors the puffins on the cliffs”, enthused Gracie.

The Boynton School pupil’s Mum, Clare, and Dad, Keith, accompany her on her twice monthly visits to the reserve and have encouraged her to be curious about the natural world. RSPB Bempton Cliffs volunteer development officer, Ryan Chenery, said: “Gracie’s got enough energy for ten volunteers and puts her heart into every job. Her Mum tells us she’s no Little Miss Perfect though - while she might be great at litter picking, she’s not as good at keeping her bedroom and tidy”.

If you would like to volunteer contact Ryan Chenery on 01262 422207.