Volunteer profile: meet Hanne Siebers

a lady with long blonde hair with a grey fleece sitting in front of a brown wooden

A love of Blakeney Point meant Hanne Siebers jumped at the chance to sign up as a volunteer ranger in Autumn 2018. Now volunteering in a few roles, she says the experience has enriched her life enormously. Here is Hanne's story.

Name: Hanne Siebers

Career background: I studied nursing in Norway and worked in nursing. Since my childhood in Norway, the outdoors, animals and photography have accompanied my whole life.

How long have you volunteered with the National Trust? Since August 2018

Volunteer role(s): Volunteer Property Photographer 
Seal Ranger - Blakeney
Little Tern Ranger - Blakeney
Blakeney general volunteer - Blakeney

What do you get up to as a volunteer? My seasonal roles include Seal Watch in winter and Little Terns Watch in summer. Being a volunteer property photographer gives me access to many activities outside my general ranger roles at Blakeney, including the wider North Norfolk Coast and the Norfolk Broads

Hanne's volunteering role as a property photographer uses her excellent skills to capture the work of our team. Luke, Leighton and Ryan, Blakeney Point Rangers 2019.
three men dressed in outdoor clothing carrying wooden posts and a large hammer on a shingle beach
Hanne's volunteering role as a property photographer uses her excellent skills to capture the work of our team. Luke, Leighton and Ryan, Blakeney Point Rangers 2019.

Why did you start volunteering with the National Trust? Living in North Norfolk, walking to Blakeney Point from Cley beach has always been the highlight of each summer activity. I have never felt such a close connection to any other place as I do with Blakeney Point.  When I learned it was possible to sign up as a volunteer Ranger, I applied the same day and have never regretted it. What an amazing journey this has been and so close to home! 

What do you enjoy most about volunteering with the National Trust? Being outdoors. Being able to give a contribution in this outstandingly beautiful environment. Learning more about birds and wildlife on every shift. Meeting and socialising with wonderful people.

Most special volunteering moment: So many! Every shift is special, that’s what makes volunteering so special. 

During winter as a Seal Watch to watch the joy on the beaming faces of the children when they see the pups. I’ll never forget my last shift on Blakeney Point this winter. I was the last person and had to close the hide. Four seals were in front of the door, determined not to move and gave me a hard time. So did the two seals under the Land Rover. In the end I could drive off, feeling blessed. This winter was best of all winters in North Norfolk, thanks to my voluntary engagement with the Trust.

A young Grey Seal hiding under the mobile hide on Blakeney Point
a grey seal pup laying on shingle under a shed
A young Grey Seal hiding under the mobile hide on Blakeney Point

Favourite National Trust place and why: There is no better place to me than Blakeney Point. 

Hanne Siebers, 31 May 2019