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Jobs

 

Title

Employer

Location (basis / contract details)

Assistant Fishery Officer

Dee District Salmon Fishery Board

across the Dee District, Aberdeenshire (six months, commencing March/April 2019.)

Seasonal Education Officer

New Forest National Park

Lymington, Hampshire (Maternity cover from April to October 2019, 30 hpw)

Assistant Access & Recreation Officer

Dartmoor National Park Authority

Based DNPA Headquarters in Bovey Tracey,(Part time:  29.6 hours per week 1 year fixed-term contract)

Senior Site Manager 

RSPB

RSPB Bempton Cliffs, East Yorkshire coast

Arboricultural Consultant

Tyler Grange

Manchester, London, Cotswolds or Birmingham

Grounds Manager  

Ilminster Town Council  

Ilminster, South Somerset 

NIA Advisory Officer (Culm) 

innovative partnership, led by Devon Wildlife Trust  

based at DWT’s Cookworthy office in North Devon. (part-time (22.5 hpw), fixed term appointment until September 2020)

Visitor Development and Marketing Assistant 

North York Moors National Park Authority 

 Based in Helmsley

Commercial Properties Manager 

North York Moors National Park Authority 

North York Moors (3 year fixed term contract)

Grounds Manager  

one of the country's leading Independent Schools 

working across 3 sites in Hampshire 

Head of Polyhalite Projects

North York Moors National Park Authority 

Helmsley, North Yorkshire

Estate Worker/Groundsman 

Log House Holidays, Family run 130 acre nature reserve and lake

Cotswold Water Park (Initial 5 year contract, Full or 4/5 time. Flexible working possible. )

 

Estate Manager 

Sheldon

Doddiscombsleigh, Exeter

Invasive Species Officer   

The River Dee Trust 

Rivers Dee and Don, Aberdeenshire (six-month fixed term contract, starting Mar/April 2019)

Forest Ranger 

Vision Redbridge (London Borough of Redbridge)

Hainault Forest IG7 4QN 

Seasonal Assistant Stockperson  

Surrey Wildlife Trust 

(35 hours per week. April to October inclusive)

 

Monitoring Officer - Cairngorms Connect  

RSPB Scotland 

Glenmore / Strathspey (Full time. Contract: Until December 2023)

Delivery Manager - Cairngorms Connect  

RSPB Scotland

Aviemore (Full time. Contract: Until December 2023) 

Learning Assistant  

RSPB 

Southern West Sussex  (Part time, 18 hours per week. Contract: 1 April - 19 July)

Communications and Involvement Manager - Cairngorms Connect  

RSPB Scotland

Aviemore (Full Time. Contract: Until 31 December 2023)

Maintenance Ranger 

North York Moors National Park Authority 

Sawmill Lane Depot, Helmsley  (15 hours/week)

Senior/Principal Ecologist 

Ecolocation 

Warwickshire (home-based considered) (Permanent post, Full time/part time/flexible – all options considered)

Administrator - Cairngorms Connect  

RSPB Scotland

Aviemore (Full Time. Contract: Until December 2023

Engagement Officer 

Durham Wildlife Trust 

Based at Durham Wildlife Trust’s Head Office:  Rainton Meadows, Houghton-le-Spring 

Funding Development Officer 

Yorkshire Dales National Park on behalf of the Northern Upland Chain Local Nature Partnership 

Based at Yoredale, Bainbridge  (Fixed term contract for 9 months. Part time – 21 hours a week)

Seasonal Field Surveyors 

Ecolocation 

Warwickshire (home-based considered) (Fixed term April-Sept (a start in May will be considered) Full time/part time/flexible – all options considered) 

Head Gardener  

Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust

 Dumfries

Seasonal Ecologist 

MAB Environment and Ecology Ltd 

Thirsk, North Yorkshire (Fixed term: mid April to mid October 2019. Full time - 40 hpw)

 

Taste of Game Officer 

BASC: British Association for Shooting and Conservation 

Wrexham?

Summer Field Surveyor

ECOSA

Generally based around our offices in Hampshire and Gloucestershire and the surrounding counties

Apprenticeship

 

 

Facilities Management Apprenticeship

Trust MGT

Head Office in Tarporley

 

Volunteers

49 adverts for voluntary posts added this month, plus an additional 119 in CJS Focus (below)

 

Surveys and Fieldwork

Two surveys added during the month - CPRE Star Count and BDS Dragonfly Surveys.

National Biodiversity Network are looking for species experts to help with the NBN Atlas. [more]

 

CJS Focus

CJS Focus on Volunteering in association with the Woodland Trust was published on Monday and is included in full, read it here or download a PDF version.

  • Lead article is from the Woodland Trust detailing how they aim to plant a quarter of a million trees in a mass youth engagement project to create the UK’s first Young People’s Forest.
  • Student Volunteering Week runs from 11 – 17 February. It’s a fantastic way for charities to work with students.
  • South Downs National Park has around 300 active volunteers; they discuss the different ways they get people involved.
  • This year the Forestry Commission is celebrating 100 years of forestry, as part of the celebrations they are promoting staff a volunteering scheme.
  • Until 2016 RSPCA didn’t involve volunteers in the work of their Inspectorate; following a successful pilot they now recruit Wildlife Casualty Volunteers – find out what’s involved.
  • Volunteering isn’t all manual labour; find out what the Events & Publicity Volunteers get up to with the Mendip Hills AONB.
  • Volunteers’ Week runs form 1-7 June every year, organised by NCVO it’s a chance for organisations to celebrate the millions of volunteers who give their time; find out how you can get involved.

This edition runs to 36 pages and in addition to the articles carries lots of voluntary vacancies and work day opportunities.

 

CJS Information and other articles

CJS 25th Birthday wishes from: Countryside Management Association and HighGround [more]

Enter the draw for this month's Birthday Present - Seedballs and a 2019 calendar from Sussex Wildlife Trust .[more]

CJS is delighted to annouce that Countryside-Careers.Com, our CV listing site is live for all countryside professionals. Accepting profiles and CVs for jobseekers and also freelancers all searchable by prospective employers. [more]

 

News

Land and Countryside Management

  • New study shows nationally important New Forest wildlife sites under pressure - New Forest National Park
    New environmental scorecards reveal good news but gaps in water company five-year plans – Wildlife & Countryside Link
    New Forestry Strategy sets out long term vision - Forestry Commission Scotland

Funding and new partnerships

  • New fund to increase walking, cycling and sustainable travel awards £1million worth of grants – Paths for All 

Pollution, sustainablity and climate

  • ‘Fine to Flush’ logo launched to fight fatbergs - Marine Conservation Society 
  • Partnership launched to support innovative solutions to ocean plastics crisis - UKRI

Environmental Education, Recreation and volunteering

  • Gove kicks off Year of Green Action - defra
  • New ‘Nature Friendly Schools’ to help ‘green’ hundreds of school grounds and bring thousands of children closer to nature - Wildlife Trusts 
  • New maps show more than a third of people can’t easily enjoy England’s most beautiful countryside - CPRE 

Scientific Research, Results and Publications

  • Local focus could help tackle global problems - University of Exeter 
  • Shoots urged to pay more attention to release pen locations, says new GWCT study – Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust
  • Collaborative research led by the University of East Anglia has identified one of the causes of recent deaths in UK European brown hare populations. - University of East Anglia
  • Plastic in Britain's seals, dolphins and whales - Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Animal and wildlife news

  • SGA calls for satellite tag accountability - Scottish Gamekeepers Association 
  • Scottish pine martens repopulating Welsh mountains - Forest Enterprise Scotland
  • Broads Authority takes steps to secure the future of rare bat species - The Broads Authority

 

Training

Calendar of events and short courses occuring in April - 15 pages

Plus additions to long courses and providers made over the past month.

 

Grants and sources of funding

Details 7 new and updated listings.

Plus news on the new National Lottery Heritage Fund, the renamed and relaunched Heritage Lottery Fund.

  

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CJS Professional: 14 February 2019

Jobs: view all online jobs here

 

logo: Dee District Salmon Fishery BoardThe Dee District Salmon Fishery Board is currently seeking to recruit an Assistant Fishery Officer for a period of six months, commencing March/April 2019.  

This post would be ideal for someone wanting to take their first steps in a fishery management career.  

The successful candidate will be required to assist with wide ranging fishery management and protection duties across the Dee District. 

Formal qualifications are not required as enthusiasm and a responsible approach to work is key to assisting in the successful delivery of fisheries protection duties. The post holder must demonstrate experience of working outdoors, working in a teams and have good communication skills.  

The position is for a six month fixed term contract, starting Mar/April 2019, with an annual salary equivalent of £18,500 per annum.  

You will be auto-enrolled into the Government pension scheme from your start date, but you may choose to opt out. Employee contributions for this scheme will be 5% from 6th April 2019.  

The job description can be found at http://www.riverdee.org.uk/news

To apply, send your CV and covering letter to info@riverdee.org stating which job you are applying for or post to River Office, Mill of Dinnet, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, AB34 5LA.  

Deadline is 5.30 pm on Monday 4th March 2019. Interviews will be held on Tuesday March 19th.


Logo: New Forest National Park AuthoritySeasonal Education Officer

Lymington, Hampshire

Maternity cover from April to October 2019

£25,644 - £31,044 per annum pro-rata

30 hours per week  

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to join our education team in the planning and delivery of quality education in and about the New Forest National Park to young people of all ages and abilities. 

You are familiar with teaching in both indoor and outdoor settings and have an organised and resourceful approach with excellent communication skills. You enjoy acquiring new skills and knowledge and your experience of the school curriculum enables you to take an innovative approach to outdoor learning across a range of subjects. You can work equally well independently and as part of a team, and whilst you are meticulous and professional in your approach to planning and delivery, you are also able to adapt to the differing needs of the groups you are working with. 

Above all, you are able to enthuse and inspire learners of all ages with your love of the New Forest National Park.  

Based at our offices in Lymington, this post requires a valid driving licence and is subject to DBS clearance. This role may be available as a secondment opportunity in discussion with your current employer. Please contact us if you wish to discuss this in further detail. 

For full details and to apply, please go to www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/jobs and complete an application form. CVs are not accepted. 

Closing date: 10am on 19 February 2019

Interviews: 12 March 2019 

For queries please email recruit@newforestnpa.gov.uk or call 01590 646649 / 646637. 


Logo: Dartmoor National Park AuthorityDartmoor National Park Authority

Assistant Access & Recreation Officer (Temporary Post)

Grade 4: £21,074 - £25,463 pro rata      

Part time:  29.6 hours per week

1 year fixed-term contract 

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic person to join our team, supporting the Authority’s work on visitor and recreation management.  

This varied role includes administering systems for visitor management and for public rights of way, liaison with recreational event organisers, farmers, landowners and other interested parties, and supporting the delivery of access and visitor management projects. 

The successful candidate must be able to communicate effectively with a wide range of people and have an interest and passion for Dartmoor along with the ability to work independently and as an effective member of a multi-disciplinary team. 

Whilst the post is based within the Access & Recreation team at our DNPA Headquarters in Bovey Tracey, duties will involve occasional travel to other sites within the National Park and surrounding area.  

If you wish to discuss this post further, please contact Andrew Watson, Head of Access, Recreation & Estates on 01626 831057. 

For more information and to apply, visit our website: www.dartmoor.gov.uk/jobs 

Closing Date:    Thursday 21 February 2019 11.59am  

Interview Date:  Wednesday 6 March 2019   

Dartmoor National Park Authority is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.  


Logo: RSPBSenior Site Manager 

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Site Manager to lead all elements of our Bempton Cliffs nature reserve operation. RSPB Bempton Cliffs is home to one of the most awe-inpiring and accessible wildlife spectacles in England: over half a million seabirds jostling for places on towering chalk cliffs on the East Yorkshire coast. With national and international nature conservation designations, a new visitor centre in 2015 and annual visitor numbers in excess of 100,000, Bempton Cliffs is one of Northern England's most important nature reserves. 

Senior Site Manager
Reference Number: A5410119
Location: East Riding of Yorkshire
Salary: Starting at £34,643 to £37,530 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract: Permanent 

We are looking for a proven leader with excellent interpersonal and communication skills to lead and develop the reserve's management team to effectively deliver RSPB objectives. The ideal candidate will have a strong track record in visitor operations - such as retail, catering, membership or fundraising - and the necessary expertise to achieve both income generation and conservation delivery targets. A passion for providing the best possible visitor experience will be key, helping to connect our visitors to Bempton's amazing wildlife and inspiring them to take action for nature. 

This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. You will be asked to declare unspent convictions and cautions at offer of employment stage. 

Closing date: 22 February 2019

Interview date: 4 March 2019 

For further information and to download an application pack, please visit our website 


Logo: Tyler GrangeArboricultural Consultant (Manchester, London, Cotswolds, Birmingham) 

Salary: Dependant on experience 

Company Profile: 

Tyler Grange (TG - www.tylergrange.co.uk) is a leading UK environmental planning consultancy specialising in Landscape Planning, Ecology and Arboriculture. TG have experience in working to secure planning consent by way of assessment and design inputs across a wide range of sectors including residential, commercial, education, transport and energy proposals. 

With a multi-disciplinary team of over 45 professionals and offices based in the north west (Manchester), south (Cotswolds), south west (Exeter), London and the midlands (Birmingham) we offer a professional and bespoke services to clients across the UK. An expanding workload, supporting the assessment and design of a range of small to large scale projects will see the expansion of the existing team.

Role Overview: 

You will be joining our established arboriculture division to support and develop the team’s continued growth. Your role will be primarily based around the arboricultural planning sector which will include managing arboriculture inputs for projects from initial appointment through to provision of reports suitable for planning applications.  Working closely with our ecology and landscape consultants, you will provide expert written and verbal advice to ensure our clients receive the best experience at TG. The role will also include the preparation of fee proposals, budget management and business development.  

Key Skills and Experience:   

  • Demonstrable previous professional experience in arboricultural planning (at least 2 years’ track record in arboricultural consultancy); Preparation of fee proposals and budget management;
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary environment is desirable;
  • A comprehensive working knowledge of BS5837 as its application to the UK planning system / new development proposals;
  • Proficient in obtaining clear field survey data in accordance with BS5837:2012;
  • Demonstrable experience in preparing reports for a variety of development projects, including Arboricultural Impact Assessments and Arboricultural Method Statements in accordance with BS5837;
  • A working knowledge of AutoCAD to support our Graphics team in Plan preparation;
  • Comprehensive knowledge of arboricultural legislation and tree law;
  • Confidence in written and verbal communication with clients and Local Planning Authorities relating to arboricultural matters, including attendance at meetings;

Qualifications:  

  • Applicants should hold a FdSc Arb, BSc or PDArb in Arboriculture or higher in arboriculture or closely related field;
  • Technical or working towards Professional member of the Arboricultural Association or the Institute of Chartered Foresters;
  • CS38: Accessing a Tree with Rope and Harness and Aerial Rescue is derisible to assist our ecology team with bat roost assessments;
  • LANTRA Professional Tree Inspector Certificate is desirable;
  • Track record of industry CPD;  
  • Candidates must have a full UK driving licence to enable site work.

Candidates may also be asked to work occasionally from our other offices and assist the wider team with inputs for other disciplines to manage workloads and projects as required.  

We offer:  

Competitive salaries and benefits A great working environment with an enthusiastic, friendly and growing team A wide range of clients and projects Excellent career prospects and training Pension Scheme 

To apply: 

Please send your CV to helen.brittain@tylergrange.co.uk


Logo: Ilminster Town CouncilIlminster Town Council

Grounds Manager

£23,866 – £25,463pa 

This is an exciting opportunity combining managing the Town Council’s amenity land with hands-on work including general grounds maintenance and basic machinery maintenance. 

Ilminster is a small, market town in South Somerset with well used and appreciated amenity land in the heart of the town. The main recreation area is home to thriving Cricket and Football Clubs and adjacent to Herne Hill - a Local Nature Reserve; in addition there are some smaller recs with children’s play areas and a cemetery as well as some small floral displays to maintain.  

The successful applicant is expected to ensure the efficient and effective delivery, management, and development of the wide range of amenity land and children’s’ play areas within the Town Council’s control. The post holder will also be responsible for health and safety standards and risk assessments regarding the work and for researching and making recommendations regarding equipment and methods of work. 

The post is permanent and full time 

We welcome enquiries from everyone and value diversity in our workforce. 

Application packs containing a full job description and the main terms of employment can be downloaded from www.ilminster.gov.uk or requested by phone Tel: 01460 52149 or e-mail: town.council@ilminster.gov.uk  

Closing date 21 February 2019 at 12 noon

Interviews 28 February 2019 


Job Title: NIA Advisory Officer (Culm)

Salary: £21,643pa pro rata (pay award pending), plus 5% pension  

Do you have a good understanding of wildlife and environmental issues in relation to farming?

Would you enjoy working with farmers and landowners to help safeguard Northern Devon’s stunning natural environment?  

Would you like to play a significant role in delivering Devon Wildlife Trust’s Northern Devon Nature Improvement Area (NIA) programme?

The NIA is an innovative partnership, led by Devon Wildlife Trust that is driving the restoration and re-creation of habitats at a landscape scale, and securing multiple benefits for both wildlife and people through the sustainable management and use of natural resources.  

Devon Wildlife Trust is currently recruiting a part time Advisory Officer to work on our Culm Grassland Natural Flood Management Project. The postholder will work with individual land managers to restore and create wet grassland to help reduce flood risk across Northern Devon.  This is a part-time (22.5 hours per week), fixed term appointment until September 2020, based at DWT’s Cookworthy office in North Devon.  

We can offer you good terms and conditions and flexible working arrangements. The successful candidate will be joining a team of committed, hardworking and friendly colleagues. This is a great opportunity to take the next step in your career within a leading Devon charity.   

We will also consider expressions of interest from consultants and self-employed contractors. Please contact Lisa Schneidau (NIA Project Manager) for an informal conversation (01409 221823). 

You can download an application pack from our website 

Closing date: 19 February 2019


North York Moors National Park Authority

Visitor Development and Marketing Assistant

£25.2K – £27.9K with potential progression to £31.3K 

We are working hard to raise the profile of the North York Moors and need a talented and enthusiastic person to work on this with us. 

You’ll support our marketing activities, liaising with tourism businesses and other networks to deliver the Authority’s tourism initiatives aim at raising the National Park’s profile.  

All this means that you will need to be able to tell us about your;   

   ●   Experience of writing inspiring content on and offline;   ●   Strong understanding of rural tourism;    ●   Flair for working with small businesses. 

Based in Helmsley, you will have great support from your colleagues, flexible working and good development opportunities. Excellent pension scheme and holiday entitlements complete an attractive package.  

If you are interested, we would love to hear from you. Application forms and further details may be obtained by looking at the Job Opportunities page on our website. 

Closing Date: 9.00am on Tuesday 26 February 2019 

Expected interview date: Friday 8 March 2019 


North York Moors National Park Authority

Commercial Properties Manager (3 year fixed term contract)

£25,295 - £27,905 (with potential progression to £31,371) 

We have an exciting new opportunity to join our team and make a real contribution to both our income and enabling our visitors to enjoy the National Park. You will maintain and develop the operation of National Park Authority car park sites to optimise income generation whilst providing excellent customer service in keeping with the Authority’s values. 

You will need great communication and project management skills, along with   ●   a strong commercial mind set;   ●   the ability to deliver excellent customer service;   ●   knowledge of managing budgets, quotations, tenders and contracts;

Further details can be obtained by looking at the Job Opportunities page on our website  

Closing date: 9.00am on Thursday 7 March 2019

Interviews are to be held on Friday 22 March 2019


Grounds Manager 

A rare opportunity has arisen to work with one of the country's leading Independent Schools as Grounds Manager, working across 3 sites in Hampshire. 

The role is to maintain and improve the grounds and gardens to the highest possible standards which includes all sports pitches, cricket squares, games playing surfaces, all weather surfaces, formal garden areas, paths and drives. 

Reporting to the Estates Bursar on a day to day basis, you will ensure the most effective and efficient use of time and resources, including the management of a team of 3 assistants. 

You are highly experienced in this area, especially in ensuring all materials and resources are available and sourced correctly - working with suppliers on contracting and negotiating terms. Risk Management and H&S at work are also areas that you are highly competent in as well as strong communication with your team, via regular meetings and one to ones. Ensuring that your team and well trained and up to speed, you are approachable and friendly and can communicate easily with other members of staff and stakeholders within a school/professional environment. 

The ideal candidate, may well work in a school at present or managed large outdoor sports complexes. You have relevant qualifications in grounds management or equivalent experience. You can demonstrate strong leadership skills, a team player and have a track record in managing change. 

The school offer an excellent base salary with exceptional benefits. 

Candidates must hold a full clean driving licence and be physically fit enough to carry out the duties required. 

For further information and to apply please email jo@sandifordgreen.com or telephone 01483 370 007 

Sandiford Green operate as a recruitment business on behalf of the client. 


North York Moors National Park Authority

Head of Polyhalite Projects

£36.8k- £39.7k pa with potential progression to £43.6k

Helmsley 

A unique opportunity for a skilled and ambitious project manager. You’ll take responsibility for the delivery of projects of significant economic and environmental value to help to reduce the adverse impact of the Woodsmith Mine development near Whitby.  

As our lead person, you will work with our tourism, conservation and recreation staff on a diverse range of fantastic projects. You will also be responsible for ensuring the Authority has a strong, positive working relationship with Sirius Minerals.  

You’ll need to be able to demonstrate your; 

   ●   Strong project management skills;   ●   Ability to deliver on the ground on time and on budget;   ●   Commitment to working constructively with people;   ●   Good financial skills;   ●   Enthusiasm for National Parks and what makes them special.

You’ll be working with skilled, dedicated and supportive colleagues; and there will be chance to take advantage of our excellent personal development and flexible working opportunities. 

Please feel free to give Briony Fox, Director of Conservation and Polyhalite Projects, a call on 01439 772700 

Application forms and details are on our website. 

Closing date: 9am 4 March 2019 

Interview: 15 March 2019  


Estate Worker/Groundsman

Initial 5 year contract

Full or 4/5 time. Flexible working possible. 

Work on a family run 130 acre nature reserve and lake in the Cotswold Water Park with 8 luxury holiday cabins. Our cabins changeover every Monday and Friday throughout the year. On these days, work includes maintenance jobs around the cabins and estate management tasks such as mowing, strimming, wild flower establishment and log cutting / tree work.  This will be a varied job, working with a small friendly team in a unique nature reserve. You can see our estate at the following website.  

Location: GL7 6ED

Hours: 42.5 hours per week. 8:00-5:00 Monday - Friday (Flexible with holiday requirements and to do less hours if required)

Requirements: Driving licence required and own transport to site. Chainsaw certificate. Spraying certificates.

Starting Pay: £10 per hour

Start Date: As soon as possible 

Please call 01285 770082 to arrange an interview. References and CV required.  


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Logo: River Dee TrustInvasive Species Officer   

The River Dee Trust has an established track record in innovative conservation and enhancement projects and is delivering two invasive plant control projects, on the Rivers Dee and Don.  

The work will include helping to develop and maintain a volunteer network for controlling invasive species, including training, organising, leading and motivating volunteers. Various means of communications will be involved to liaise with volunteers, raise awareness and report on progress. The post holder will also carry out the control work and project reporting.  

Formal qualifications are not required as enthusiasm and a responsible approach to work is key to assisting in the successful delivery of this project in a timely manner. The post holder must demonstrate experience of working outdoors, working in and leading teams and have good communication skills.  

The position is for a six-month fixed term contract, starting Mar/April 2019, with an annual salary equivalent of £20,000 per annum.

The job description can be found here  

To apply, send your CV and covering letter to info@riverdee.org stating which job you are applying for or post to River Office, Mill of Dinnet, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, AB34 5LA.  

Deadline is 5.00 pm on 25th February 2019.

Interviews will be held on 11th of March 2019. 


Logo: Vision Redbridge Culture & LeisureJob title: Forest Ranger

Reference: Hainault Forest

Type: Full time. Permanent

Grade: VR4

Salary: £23,358 - £24,303 PA

Location(s): Hainault Forest IG7 4QN, London Borough of Redbridge

Closing date: Monday 25 February 

Are you passionate about working with the public and have excellent countryside estate management skills? A permanent placement will be available from February 2019, to join a highly motivated and skilled team within Hainault Forest, part of the parks and open spaces division.  

Duties will be focused on practical outdoor countryside and forestry management tasks, including management of the Forests valuable ecological habitats (including the sites SSSI woodland), leading volunteer task days and small/medium events. The post holder will also have general maintenance and cleansing duties across the landscape and buildings, including litter picking/bin emptying. Assisting the senior ranger with onsite health and safety requirements, including facilitating site maintenance contracts, providing supervision to the rest of the team as deputy to the Senior Ranger, assisting with the farm and providing support during our large events in the Summer.  

Skills and experience using Microsoft Office is essential to assist with emails, queries, administration and reports. The ability to work in a shift rota and on weekends is essential, as well as out of hours on occasion. 

Deadline for application Monday 25 February. Interviews week commencing 4 March, preferred start date early April. 

CV's will not be accepted. Please complete the application form 

For a copy of the job description, person specification and application form, please contact nature.conservation@visionrcl.org.uk   

Completed application and/or queries should also be directed to the nature conservation ranger team: nature.conservation@visionrcl.org.uk or call Francis Castro on 020 8559 2316


Logo: Surrey Wildlife TrustSeasonal Assistant Stockperson 

Based on £18,500 pa (pro rata)  

35 hours per week

April to October inclusive  

The Trust is seeking an enthusiastic, practical, flexible and highly motivated person to assist the farming team in the day to day husbandry and welfare of cattle, goats, ponies and sheep by regular inspection of the animals on the conservation sites and farms grazed through the summer months (1st April to 31st October).  

If you have experience of working with livestock and can fulfil the criteria on the job profile, please complete an application form and send it to jo.saunders@surreywt.org.uk by midday on Wednesday 27th February 2019. Interviews Wednesday 6th March 2019. Job profile and application form on our website www.surreywildlifetrust.org or by contacting Jo Saunders on 07896 640165. 


Logo: RSPBMonitoring Officer - Cairngorms Connect
Reference number: A5590219
Location: Glenmore / Strathspey
Salary starting at: £19,602 - £21,236 per annum
Hours: Full time
Contract: Until December 2023 

Set in a vast landscape of ice-hewn mountains, spectacular pinewoods, tranquil lochs, and wild, rushing rivers, Cairngorms Connect is the largest habitat restoration partnership in Britain. Cairngorms Connect has bold plans to make this inspiring place better for wildlife, and better for those who take joy from the wildlife and beauty of this extraordinary place. 

The project will expand the Caledonian pine forest to its natural limit, reinstate drained wetlands, naturalise rivers and restore huge tracts of peatland, to create an amazing place for nature. Alongside restoration management, the project will include a programme of monitoring and management trials, designed to measure rates of progress towards restoration objectives, and test alternative approaches to restoration management. 

The Monitoring Officer will play an important role in delivering the programme of monitoring and management trials that supports restoration goals, as part of a core science team including science staff from the partner organisations. If you have the skills, experience and competencies to help deliver such a programme, we would love to hear from you. 

This is a Partnership project involving Scottish Natural Heritage, Wildland Ltd, RSPB Scotland & Forest Enterprise Scotland with funding from The Endangered Landscape Programme and other partners. 

Closing date: 28 February 2019 

If you would like to apply and find out more about this position, please click the apply button to be directed to our website.


Logo: RSPBDelivery Manager - Cairngorms Connect
Reference number: A5570219
Location: Aviemore
Salary starting at £25,463 - £27,585 per annum
Hours: Full time
Contract: Until December 2023 

Set in a vast landscape of ice-hewn mountains, spectacular pinewoods, tranquil lochs, and wild, rushing rivers, Cairngorms Connect is the largest habitat restoration partnership in Britain. Cairngorms Connect has bold plans to make this inspiring place better for wildlife, and better for those who take joy from the wildlife and beauty of this extraordinary place. 

The project will expand the Caledonian pine forest to its natural limit, reinstate drained wetlands, naturalise rivers and restore huge tracts of peatland, to create an amazing place for nature - a home to eagles, wildcats, pine martens, ospreys, black grouse, ptarmigan, otters and curlews. 

We are looking for new team members to drive delivery of the restoration project, to build our communication locally, nationally and internationally, and to support the overall running of the project - ensuring we achieve our ambitious habitat restoration objectives. If you have the skills, experience and competencies to deliver this kind of work, we would love to hear from you. 

This is a Partnership project involving Wildland Limited, Scottish Natural Heritage, RSPB Scotland & Forest Enterprise Scotland, with funding from The Endangered Landscape Programme and other partners. 

Closing date: 28 February 2019 

If you would like to apply and find out more about this position, please click the apply button to be directed to our website.


Logo: RSPBLearning Assistant 

Are you looking to get some quality experience with Europe's largest conservation charity, engaging with young people and delivering environmental education? 

Learning Assistant
Reference number: A5540119
Location: Southern West Sussex
Salary starting at: £16,504 - £17,880 per annum, pro rata
Hours: Part time, 18 hours per week
Contract: 1 April - 19 July 

Do you fancy spending a few months working in a fantastic place, with fantastic people - seeing things you'd never normally see? 

Together with a Learning Officer and volunteers, you will inspire school children across our Sussex nature reserves, primarily at Pulborough Brooks, but also at Pagham Harbour and Medmerry.  

This is an opportunity to make a real difference enriching the lives of youngsters and inspiring them to care and learn more about the natural world. RSPB reserves are wonderful places for people and nature, providing a unique opportunity to lead curriculum-linked educational activities in a rich variety of habitats. 

In addition to proven experience in a learning environment, you'll be a passionate communicator, able to enthuse groups of young people about nature. You'll need confidence and the ability to facilitate a day's programme in the field with a group of students and their teacher. 

We have two roles to fill, both requiring a commitment of 18 hours a week (three weekdays, six hours each day). Contracts start 01/04/17 and end 19/07/2017. Some flexibility will be available to outstanding candidates, though a minimum of two weekdays will be required. 

The RSPB is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to the appropriate safeguarding checks upon appointment. 

Closing date: 24 February 2019 

If you would like to apply and find out more about this position, please click the apply button to be directed to our website


Logo: RSPBCommunications and Involvement Manager - Cairngorms Connect 

Set in a vast landscape of ice-hewn mountains, spectacular pinewoods, tranquil lochs, and wild, rushing rivers, Cairngorms Connect is the largest habitat restoration partnership in Britain. Cairngorms Connect has bold plans to make this inspiring place better for wildlife, and better for those who take joy from the wildlife and beauty of this extraordinary place. The project will expand the Caledonian pine forest to its natural limit, reinstate drained wetlands, naturalise rivers and restore huge tracts of peatland, to create an amazing place for nature - a home to eagles, wildcats, pine martens, ospreys, black grouse, ptarmigan, otters and curlews. 

Communications and Involvement Manager - Cairngorms Connect
Reference number: A5580219
Location: Aviemore
Salary starting at: £25,463 - £27,585 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract: Until 31 December 2023 

We are looking for new team members to drive delivery of the restoration project, to build our communication locally, nationally and internationally, and to support the overall running of the project - ensuring we achieve our ambitious habitat restoration objectives. If you have the skills, experience and competencies to deliver this kind of work, we would love to hear from you. 

This is a Partnership project involving Wildland Limited, Scottish Natural Heritage, RSPB Scotland & Forest Enterprise Scotland, with funding from The Endangered Landscape Programme and other partners. 

This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. You will be asked to declare unspent convictions and cautions at offer of employment stage. 

Closing date: 28 February 2019 

If you would like to apply and find out more about this position, please click the apply button to be directed to our website.  


North York Moors National Park Authority

Maintenance Ranger

£8,034 - £9,081 (15 hours/week) with potential progression to £10,322                     

Sawmill Lane Depot, Helmsley 

We have a fantastically rare opportunity for the right person to join our ranger team and make a real difference working on our own property and on the public rights of way network within the National Park. 

You will need to have a wide range of practical land management skills to enable you to help us with rights of way maintenance and general estate work.  A clean driving licence is essential as are good communication skills.

Application forms and further details can be obtained by looking at the Job Opportunities page on our website.  

Closing date: 9am on Monday 25 February 2019 

Interviews are to be held on Tuesday 5 March 2019


Logo: EcolocationJob Role: Senior/Principal Ecologist

Organisation: Ecolocation

Salary: Commensurate with experience
Reference: LB/Ecolocation/GBa&e vacancies/Senior_Principal Ecologist

Location: Warwickshire (home-based considered)

Hours: Full time/part time/flexible – all options considered

Position type: Permanent  

Closing date: 12 noon on Thursday 21st February 

Website: www.ecolocation.org.uk

Contact email: lorraine.gbae@gmail.com  

Ecolocation are looking to recruit a permanent Senior Ecologist or Principal Ecologist position with a specialism in bats, starting as soon as possible. We are very happy to consider full time or part-time hours as well as flexible working; what we’re really keen on is for you to be the right person for the job with the right skills to complement our existing team. 

About Us 

Ecolocation is the ecological arm of GBa&e, a wider multi-disciplinary practice providing development consultancy, architecture, ecological services and arboricultural services.  Our clients include agents for planning applications, Local Authorities, churches, commercial organisations, private individuals, etc. We’re a small but friendly office and the best bit is that the majority of our work is in the Midlands and rarely requires any working away from home. 

The role of Senior Ecologist/Principal Ecologist 

You will be part of a team of senior staff and take the lead on small- to medium-sized projects, liaising effectively with clients, completing a range of ecological surveys and impact assessments. You will also provide support to junior members of staff. 

Primarily, we are looking for a candidate with a level 2 bat survey licence and to have been the Named Ecologist on bat mitigation licence applications in recent years. 

Essential

   ●   Experience of effective client liaison   ●   Good project management skills   ●   Good understanding of ecology in the planning process   ●   Level 2 bat survey licence   ●   Named Ecologist on a bat mitigation licence in recent years   ●   Excellent report writing skills   ●   Full driving licence and access to a car   ●   Willingness to work unsociable hours

Desirable

   ●   Experience with tendering/fee proposals   ●   Additional protected species licence 

What we can offer a Senior/Principal Ecologist

   ●   95% of our jobs are within commuting distance of our base; only on rare occasions will you be required to stay away overnight   ●   A supportive environment in which to develop your skills through internal CPD and external training courses   ●   Flexible working   ●   Payment of relevant professional membership fees and bonus scheme for gaining protected species survey licences   ●   Provision of personal protective equipment as required   ●   Package of support via Employee Assistance Programme in addition to regular supervision meetings   ●   Laptop and phone

A job description is available electronically on request. 

To apply, please send a cv and covering letter by email explaining why you are suitable for the role to: lorraine.gbae@gmail.com

Closing date: 12 noon on Thursday 21st February

Interview date: Monday 11th March  


Logo: RSPBAdministrator - Cairngorms Connect 

Set in a vast landscape of ice-hewn mountains, spectacular pinewoods, tranquil lochs, and wild, rushing rivers, Cairngorms Connect is the largest habitat restoration partnership in Britain. Cairngorms Connect has bold plans to make this inspiring place better for wildlife, and better for those who take joy from the wildlife and beauty of this extraordinary place. The project will expand the Caledonian pine forest to its natural limit, reinstate drained wetlands, naturalise rivers and restore huge tracts of peatland, to create an amazing place for nature - a home to eagles, wildcats, pine martens, ospreys, black grouse, ptarmigan, otters and curlews. 

Administrator - Cairngorms Connect
Reference number: A5600219
Location: Aviemore
Salary starting at: £17,276 - £18,716 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract: Until December 2023 

We are looking for new team members to drive delivery of the restoration project, to build our communication locally, nationally and internationally, and to support the overall running of the project - ensuring we achieve our ambitious habitat restoration objectives. If you have the skills, experience and competencies to deliver this kind of work, we would love to hear from you. 

This is a Partnership project involving Wildland Limited, Scottish Natural Heritage, RSPB Scotland & Forest Enterprise Scotland, with funding from The Endangered Landscape Programme and other partners. 

This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. You will be asked to declare unspent convictions and cautions at offer of employment stage. 

Closing date: 28 February 2019 

If you would like to apply and find out more about this position, please click the apply button to be directed to our website.  


Logo: Durham Wildlife Trust Engagement Officer

Salary £24,000 per annum

Closing date for applications is:  9am Monday 25th February 2019 

The Durham Wildlife Trust area covers a wide diversity of rich wildlife habitats and local communities passionate about the area in which they live, play and work.  

In the role of Engagement Officer with Durham Wildlife Trust you will be responsible for developing and delivering the Trust’s engagement activities. Connecting communities with the natural environment and encouraging positive action. 

You should be able to demonstrate strong leadership and project development and delivery skills. Be a creative thinker capable of devising unique and highly engaging projects and activities. Have a sound knowledge of natural history and be passionate about wildlife and its conservation.  

An ability to nurture relationships is important as you seek to develop a strong affinity amongst educational institutions, groups, communities and partner organizations for the natural world around them.  

Based at Durham Wildlife Trust’s Head Office:  Rainton Meadows, Houghton-le-Spring, DH4 6PU 

For a detailed job description and how to apply go to www.durhamwt.com/jobs or email jobs@durhamwt.co.uk . Further queries on the content of the role may be directed to Mark Dinning on 0191 584 3112. 

Interviews for the shortlisted candidates will be held on Monday 4th March 2019 at Rainton Meadows. 


Logo: Yorkshire Dales National Park AuthorityFunding Development Officer

Based at Yoredale, Bainbridge

Fixed term contract for 9 months

Part time – 21 hours a week

Band D - £22,462 - £28,786 per annum, pro rata 

Are you passionate about wildlife? Do you have a broad understanding of the challenges of upland land management? Do you want to be part of a major new project addressing conservation concerns for one of our most important but vulnerable UK species, the curlew? Do you have experience working in partnership and developing and securing funding for major projects? 

We are looking for a Funding Development Officer to fill a 9 month contract commencing early 2019 to be hosted by the Yorkshire Dales National Park on behalf of the Northern Upland Chain Local Nature Partnership (LNP).  

The Northern Upland Chain LNP encompasses Northumberland National Park, North Pennines AONB, Yorkshire Dales National Park, Nidderdale AONB and the Forest of Bowland AONB. Together with other organisations such as Natural England, NFU, Moorland Association and RSPB, the LNP are committed to working across the entire area to improve and enhance the area for a range of species and habitats. 

The much-loved curlew is a flagship species for our uplands. Its evocative ‘curlee-curlee’ call heralds the arrival of spring and reminds people of wild places. However, the curlew is one of the most pressing bird conservation priorities in the UK. The breeding population has nearly halved since the mid-1990s. In some places, there is a real possibility that they could disappear altogether in the next twenty years.  

The LNP has responded to wader declines by making a commitment to developing a programme of work to try and ensure they have good chances of survival in our landscape.   One area of work is all about ensuring the population of curlew remains robust and conditions are good enough to secure their long term survival.  There is a close connection between this work and the LNP’s promotion of ‘High Nature Value’ farming in the uplands.  

For an informal chat about this post, please contact Tony Serjeant on 01756 751627, or e-mail: tony.serjeant@yorkshiredales.org.uk   

Closing date: 12 noon on Thursday 28 February 2019. 

It is anticipated that interviews will be held on Monday 11 March 2019. 

Application forms and further information are available on the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority website, they can also be obtained by e-mail from personnel@yorkshiredales.org.uk, or by telephoning 0300 456 0030.


Logo: EcolocationJob Role: Seasonal Field Surveyors

Organisation: Ecolocation

Salary: Commensurate with experience
Reference: LB/Ecolocation/GBa&e vacancies/2019 Field Surveyors

Location: Warwickshire (home-based considered)

Hours: Full time/part time/flexible – all options considered

Position type: Fixed term April-Sept (a start in May will be considered) 

Closing date: 12 noon on Friday 1st March 

Website: www.ecolocation.org.uk

Contact email: lorraine.gbae@gmail.com  

We are recruiting for junior roles this year!  

As we’re approaching the 2019 survey season, we are looking to recruit at least one full-time Seasonal Field Surveyor. Ideally this fixed term contract would be full-time and cover the months April-September, but we will also consider contracts starting in May and reduced hours or job sharing. 

Further details are provided below.  

About Us 

Ecolocation is the ecological arm of GBa&e, a wider multi-disciplinary practice providing development consultancy, architecture, ecological services and arboricultural services.  Our clients include agents for planning applications, Local Authorities, churches, commercial organisations, private individuals, etc. We’re a small but friendly office and the best bit is that the majority of our work is in the Midlands and rarely requires any working away from home. 

The role of a Seasonal Field Surveyor 

You will form part of our ecology team that undertake dusk and dawn bat surveys and great crested newt surveys, as well as reptile surveys and translocation during the survey season. Most of these surveys are during unsociable hours and involve late evening and early morning work but they do provide an opportunity for gaining lots of valuable experience. This is a paid position and expenses will be covered. Any additional hours will be undertaken as office-work during usual working hours Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Training on the job can be provided for the right candidate and no prior survey experience is necessary, but an enthusiasm for learning is a must! 

Essential

   ●   Full driving licence and access to a car  ●   Enthusiasm for learning about the natural environment   ●   Willingness to work unsociable hours  ●     Excellent time-keeping

Desirable

   ●     Previous experience of bat, newt or reptile surveys

What we can offer a Seasonal Field Surveyor

  ●   95% of our jobs are within commuting distance of our base; only on rare occasions will you be required to stay away overnight   ●   Invaluable experience for an undergraduate or recent graduate trying to gain a foothold in an ecological career   ●   A supportive environment in which to develop your skills through internal CPD   ●   Flexible working   ●   Provision of personal protective equipment as required   ●   Package of support via Employee Assistance Programme in addition to regular supervision meetings

A job descriptions is available electronically on request.  

To apply, please send a cv and covering letter by email explaining why you are suitable for the role to: lorraine.gbae@gmail.com  

Closing date: 12 noon on Friday 1st March

Interview date: TBC 


Logo: The Peter Pan Moat Brae TrustHead Gardener 

Salary: £24,000 F/T  

The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust seeks a Head Gardener to manage the Neverland Discovery Garden at the National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling in Dumfries, Scotland which is due to open in May 2019.

Download Job Description here or www.peterpanmoatbrae.org  

Apply with CV and cover letter to Kirsty@peterpanmoatbrae.org 

Closing Date:  Thurs 21st February 2019 at 5pm

Interviews:  W/C 25th February 2019 


Seasonal Ecologist

Fixed term: mid April to mid October 2019

Role: Full time - 40 hours a week

Location: Thirsk, North Yorkshire. 

Salary: £15,800 per annum. 

We are looking for someone to join our busy ecology consultancy. Projects we are working on are generally based in Yorkshire.  Bat survey experience is an advantage but training will be given.  Candidate must be keen to learn and  be able to  write reports. Will need to work four evening a weeks undertaking bat surveys.   Own car is essential and living within 20 miles of the office would also be a requirement.  

Please send CV and covering letter to Ione Bareau, MAB Environment and Ecology Ltd ione@mab-ecology.co.uk. 01845574125. 

Closing date is Friday 22nd February 5pm.

Interviews w/c 4th March. 


Logo: Taste of GameTaste of Game Officer                                               

Starting salary: £27,000 plus vehicle

Contract: Permanent 

Taste of Game promotes local and natural produce that has been harvested or hunted, encouraging the sustainable use of natural food. We inspire the consumer to eat game through great recipes, special offers and delicious game products. 

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to support the development and delivery of the Taste of Game programme.  

The successful candidate will demonstrate: 

   ●   Excellent event planning and organisational skills  ●    Exceptional presentation skills and the ability to deliver to audiences  ●    Commitment and ability to respond to the requirements of the role   ●   Self-motivation, enthusiasm and the ability to motivate others  ●   The skills to promote and showcase Game recipes. 

The role will be home-based but require liaison with relevant head office teams, BASC country and regional offices and there will also be significant contact with external bodies. 

Logo: BASCFurther information and an application form may be downloaded from our website www.basc.org.uk alternatively please contact the HR department, BASC, Marford Mill, Rossett, Wrexham LL12 0HL.

Telephone: 01244 573002. E-mail: recruitment@basc.org.uk 

The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is Monday 25th February 2019. Please quote reference TOGOJAN19.  

Taste of Game is a BASC run campaign which promotes game meat.


Logo: ECOSAVarious Summer Field Surveyor Roles 

Each year, ECOSA relies on a pool of skilled surveyors to help deliver our busy project schedule. 

We are looking to fill a variety of roles this summer, such as assisting us with dusk and dawn bat survey work, and ongoing projects requiring survey work, translocation and mitigation installation for a variety of protected species including reptiles, great crested newt and hazel dormouse. 

If you have a keen interest in ecology and are looking to gain valuable experience in this field, or are already an experienced freelance ecological subcontractor, we would love to hear from you. 

Full training from experienced ecologists will be provided. We look for a high standard of work and competence in producing clear and thorough results. Project work is generally based around our offices in Hampshire and Gloucestershire and the surrounding counties, therefore own transport and a full driving licence is essential. 

For more details about opportunities with ECOSA and how to apply, please visit our website.


Apprenticeships

Facilities Management Apprenticeship  

A superb opportunity is now available for a new team member to join our Estates Department. This is an excellent prospect for an enthusiastic individual who would like to start a career in Estate Management. You will gain a nationally recognised qualification and valuable on the job experience.  

The right candidate will be personable, willing to work as a member of a hard-working team, smart in appearance with a professional manner with good communications skills, keen to develop a career in Estate Management and able to work on his or her own initiative.

 

Your Duties and Responsibilities will include:

   ●   Carrying out site inspections and producing reports    ●   Scheduling of maintenance, sourcing suppliers and contractors for sites   ●   Reviewing tenders, issuing purchase orders and awarding contracts   ●   Ensuring H&S compliance   

Key skills Required:  

   ●   GCSE Maths & English Grade C or above    ●   A passion for the countryside, including the wildlife & ecology it supports   ●   Highly motivated, reliable, with the commitment to complete activities   ●   Ability to prioritise workload   ●   Capability to work both within a team and independently   ●   Full driving licence with own car 

You will be based at our Head Office in Tarporley but will be required to travel to our sites in and around England and Wales. As this may be your first fulltime role, on the job training will be given alongside the help and support of the Estates Management Team.  

The benefits of being part of a small team extends well beyond the flexibility and variety you get each day, to attending corporate events, great access to the Golf Course at Portal and the opportunity for you to reach your potential.  

To apply please send a CV and covering letter to Ashley@trustmgt.co.uk 

 

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Volunteers: 49 adverts for voluntary posts added this month, plus an additional 119 in CJS Focus.  See this month's additions online at: http://www.countryside-jobs.com/vols

 

CJS Focus on Volunteering in association with the Woodland Trust was published on Monday and is included in full, read it here or download a PDF version.

  • Lead article is from the Woodland Trust detailing how they aim to plant a quarter of a million trees in a mass youth engagement project to create the UK’s first Young People’s Forest.
  • Student Volunteering Week runs from 11 – 17 February. It’s a fantastic way for charities to work with students.
  • South Downs National Park has around 300 active volunteers; they discuss the different ways they get people involved.
  • This year the Forestry Commission is celebrating 100 years of forestry, as part of the celebrations they are promoting staff a volunteering scheme.
  • Until 2016 RSPCA didn’t involve volunteers in the work of their Inspectorate; following a successful pilot they now recruit Wildlife Casualty Volunteers – find out what’s involved.
  • Volunteering isn’t all manual labour; find out what the Events & Publicity Volunteers get up to with the Mendip Hills AONB.
  • Volunteers’ Week runs form 1-7 June every year, organised by NCVO it’s a chance for organisations to celebrate the millions of volunteers who give their time; find out how you can get involved.

This edition runs to 36 pages and in addition to the articles carries 119 adverts for voluntary roles, 46 for placement tyoes and 73 for occasional / regular requirement plus 94 for workdays, projects and groups.


Advertise your voluntary roles with CJS - it's free! Click here.

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Surveys and Fieldwork: additions in

Many conservation organisations appeal for volunteer surveyors to record and submit local sightings for a national wildlife survey.

Taking part in any of these surveys will give you useful experience and also help to extend the scientific knowledge of a species, so vital for appropriate conservation management. Some include training in survey techniques and some may even pay expenses. 

 

General

Star Count 2019

Help us reclaim our dark skies 2 February - 23 February Dark, starry skies are one of the most magical sights the countryside can offer. But light pollution means many of us can’t see the stars. You can take part in #StarCount2019 and help us map people’s views of the night sky. https://c-js.co.uk/2QPuN0Y  

 

Invertebrate

Dragonfly surveys

Help the BDS track the distribution and health of Dragonfly populations across the UK. The BDS runs a number of Dragonfly recording projects, suitable for both experienced recorders and beginners, ranging for single species surveys to site monitoring. Find out more on the BDS website: eleanor.colver@british-dragonflies.org.uk https://british-dragonflies.org.uk/  

 

If you are interested in helping with any of the surveys please contact the person or see the website listed.

Please see the full listings online at: http://www.countryside-jobs.com/workdays/surveys

 


logo: National Biodiversity NetworkSpecies experts needed!

 

The National Biodiversity Network (NBN) – which manages the NBN Atlas (the online platform for sharing UK wildlife data) – is looking for species experts to help review the lists of sensitive species for the NBN Atlas. 

hazel dormouse

Hazel dormouse

(© Derek Cawley)

Network members have contributed to the new Sensitive Species Policy which determines how sensitive species should be displayed on the NBN Atlas, to keep their exact location hidden and protected.

Many experts have already volunteered, but we are still looking for species experts in the following groups:

• Reptiles  •   Amphibians  •  Fish  •  Beetles  •  Crustaceans  •  Spiders  •  Insects  •  Lichens  •  Crickets

As an expert, you would need to review the list of species within your area(s) of expertise against the new criteria of the Sensitive Species Policy.

If you’re able to help, please get in touch!

 


CJS Focus The most recent edition: Volunteering

view the most recent edition here or download a pdf copy.

The next edition will be published on 20 May

And is looking at: Recreation and Outdoor Education.

 

 


logo: CJS

Countryside Jobs Service®logo: Woodland Trust

Focus on Volunteering

In association with the Woodland Trust

 

11 February 2019

 

UK’s first young people’s forest to bring mass volunteering opportunity


(Phil Formby)

(Phil Formby)

A quarter of a million trees are set to be planted in a mass youth engagement project to create the UK’s first Young People’s Forest.

The Woodland Trust has teamed up with #iwill – a campaign set up to increase volunteering and social action opportunities for young people – to offer a special opportunity to youngsters across the Midlands and beyond to take part in volunteering.

The Trust is in the process of acquiring a 162 hectare (400 acre) former coal mine site close to Heanor in Derbyshire – known as Mead - which it plans to turn into a forest. 

The site provides the perfect opportunity to engage young people in a mass scale and over the coming months it is hoped young people will take a starring role in shaping its future.

Project chief Carol Honeybun-Kelly of the Woodland Trust said: “This is a really exciting opportunity as it’s the first time we’ve ever acquired land expressly for youth engagement. We want to make a really concerted effort to ensure young people feel this new wood is for them. If young people see themselves having an impact here, it will give them confidence to think they can change things in their own lives and beyond.”


To make it happen, the Trust has received support from the #iwill Fund, which is made up of joint investment from the Big Lottery Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport – to support young people to take part in meaningful social action. Pears Foundation is acting on behalf as a match funder. The #iwill Fund supports the aims of the #iwill campaign. The Veolia Environment Trust has also supported the project with funding.

(Phil Formby)

(Phil Formby)



With around £500,000 already in the bag to help the Trust buy the first quarter of the site, #iwill experts will now lay on advice and mentorship as youngsters are given the opportunity to plant and volunteer.

Charlotte Hill is chief executive of the charity behind #iwill and sees great things on the horizon:

She said:  “It’s super that we are able to harness such an unusual site. It’s equidistant between Nottingham and Derby, and a million people live within a 20-minute drive.  And it feels powerful to have a really inspiring project for young people embedded in the community.”

Two outreach officers will soon be recruited, with a brief to connect Mead with schools and existing youth projects, as well as probation and young offenders’ programmes.

Carol reckons the first of 250,000 saplings will be ready to plant from next autumn, with youngsters wielding the shovels – and she wants to involve them at every level of conservation.

 

(Phil Formby)

(Phil Formby)

“Young people themselves should be driving the decisions here, but I would love this to be a place where all kinds of things can happen,” she added, “career training, practical workshops, bushcraft sessions, music festivals. The potential is terrific.”


The land sits in a fantastic position; south of Heanor and adjacent to the very popular Shipley Country Park, which itself is near to the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust's Woodside Farm. Together, these three areas would make more than 500 hectares (nearly 1,300 acres) of connected, wildlife friendly space for people to enjoy.

One such school already engaged in the project is Mapperley C of E School, which has achieved gold status in the Woodland Trust’s Green Tree Schools Award and has planted free trees provided by the Woodland Trust on nearby land.

The Trust will need to raise almost £5 million more to turn the site into a community powerhouse.

 

Paul Bunton of the Woodland Trust pictured with children from Mapperley C of E School & Bridget McGing of Pears Foundation (Phil Formby)

Paul Bunton of the Woodland Trust pictured with children from

Mapperley C of E School & Bridget McGing of Pears Foundation

(Phil Formby)

The site, currently owned by the Howarth Group, already boasts a wealth of paths and bridleways which will be retained. 

The Green Tree Schools Award is run by the charity and gives the opportunity for schools to inspire youngsters to get out into nature through a series of challenges.


If you are interested in finding out more about this project or in volunteering click on https://c-js.co.uk/2BkXbTD or contact the Woodland Trust at: enquiries@woodlandtrust.org.uk

 

The Woodland Trust is the UK’s largest charity championing native woods and trees. It has over 500,000 supporters.
The Trust has three key aims: i) plant native trees and woods with the aim of creating resilient landscapes for people and wildlife ii) protect ancient woodland which is rare, unique and irreplaceable iii) restoration of damaged ancient woodland, bringing precious pieces of our natural history back to life.
Established in 1972, the Woodland Trust now has over 1,000 sites in its care covering approximately 22,500 hectares. Access to its woods is free.

 

National:

 

Is your interest in bats more than fly-by-night? Become one of the volunteers who nurse thousands of bats back to health each year. The Bat Conservation Trust can help you get rabies vaccinations and put you in touch with experienced carers for training. Contact Laura Brown on lbrown@bats.org.uk for information.

 

Canal Camps offer a unique opportunity to volunteer & learn new skills, whilst helping restore some of the country’s best-loved waterways. We have 25 holidays on 13 sites, offering volunteers the chance to learn new skills, make their CV's stand out and meet new people! Find out more: 01494 783453 ext 610 enquiries@wrg.org.uk or visit the website  www.wrg.org.uk

 

Help us monitor the UK's bats by taking part in one or more of our surveys and observing these fascinating mammals in your local area. Anyone can take part, from beginners to experts, and we run training workshops. Find a survey to suit you and sign up online at http://www.bats.org.uk/pages/nbmp.html

 

RSPB are celebrating 50 years of RSPB Local Groups. Our self-funded, volunteer-led RSPB local groups are a significant presence, as the face and voice of the RSPB, in your community. We have over 140 local groups across the UK leading guided walks, attending events, organising indoor illustrated talks, carrying out wildlife surveys, fundraising, visiting schools and much much more. Interested in sharing your time and talents? Find your local group at www.rspb.org.uk/groups

 

Interested in moths? The Garden Moth Scheme is a citizen science project devoted to recording moths in our gardens. Moths are vital indicators of biodiversity, the health of our cities and countryside. Join a group of 400+ recorders who have contributed to several peer-reviewed research articles. www.gardenmoths.org.uk email: gardenmothscheme@gmail.com

 

The Inland Waterways Association runs over 200 Canal Clean-up days throughout the year on various canals around England and Wales. Tasks include vegetation clearance, collecting rubbish, lopping and chopping brambles, painting or clearing towpaths and walkways. Wear old clothes and bring a packed lunch. For more information see IWA website. www.wrg.org.uk

 

Opportunities available for beginners and more experienced volunteers: adopt a site surveys; target species surveys e.g. the Clubtail Count; work groups at Dragonfly Hotspots (Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Thursley NNR in Surrey, Stover Country Park in Devon, Rodley Nature Reserve in Leeds); outreach network. Contact conservation@british-dragonflies.org.uk

 

Observatree volunteers carry out surveys of woods for the presence and absence of specific pests and diseases on common tree species. In fact, recording negative sightings of disease is just as important. Surveyors are sometimes asked to carry out targeted surveys for specific pests and diseases during new outbreaks. https://c-js.co.uk/2Sgo9FN

 

Volunteers are what make Sustrans special. 3,500 across the UK are grounded in communities and make a real difference in their area. From sprucing up the National Cycle Network, to empowering people to walk and cycle, improving wildlife along greenways to inspiring young people in schools to get active. https://www.sustrans.org.uk/volunteer-sustrans

 

The Waterway Recovery Group has 25 canal restoration projects, or Canal Camps, around the UK. Working outdoors, volunteers will clear vegetation or learn new skills like bricklaying, stone walling, restoring locks, re-lining canals or creating towpaths. Each week-long Camp costs £70 and includes food and accommodation. See website for information. www.waterways.org.uk

 

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Live and learn on an organic farm.

Exchange your help for food and accommodation.

Volunteer with WWOOF.

WWOOF UK has 600+ hosts across the British Isles including farms, smallholdings, vineyards, crofts, retreat centres, tea plantations, breweries, nature reserves and woodlands. All of them ready to open their doors to you. You don’t need to know a lot about farming, just be willing to learn and fit in with your hosts’ lifestyle. It’s £20 single online membership or £30 joint online membership to join.  Go to wwoof.org.uk for more information. Start a life changing adventure today - join WWOOF UK.

  

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JOB        TREE HEALTH SURVEYORS

BE4        N / A

LOC        VARIOUS LOCATIONS*

PAY        0

FOR        WOODLAND TRUST

We are recruiting volunteer Tree Health Surveyors for our Observatree project (in the areas below) to carry out surveys of woods and trees for the presence and absence of specific pests and diseases on common tree species. In fact, recording negative sightings of disease (healthy host trees) is just as important. Surveyors are sometimes asked to carry out targeted surveys for specific pests and diseases during new outbreaks and also have the option to set up their own sentinel tree plots to monitor the health of individual trees. *Locations: North and South Wales; North Cornwall and Devon; Hampshire; Oxfordshire; Berkshire; Kent; Cambridgeshire; Norfolk; Scotland; The North East and the North West. For further details about this role: https://c-js.co.uk/2Sgo9FN

 

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JOB        DRAGONFLY RECORDER

BE4        N/A

LOC        HOMEBASED

PAY        ?

FOR        BRITISH DRAGONFLY SOCIETY

The British Dragonfly Society (BDS) needs your help in protecting Britain’s Dragonflies. Join the DragonflyWatch and record Dragonflies at your local wetland sites. Your records will help the BDS monitor the health of Dragonfly populations across the county, identifying important sites, and influencing conservation action. Beginners are always welcome and advice, and support, is available to those who need it. BDS recorders are also encouraged to pursue other volunteering activities for Dragonflies, depending on their personal interests, including fundraising, engagement, research, and practical habitat management.  Visit www.british-dragonflies.org.uk/content/get-involved

 

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JOB        NATIONAL BAT HELPLINE VOLUNTEER

BE4        Ongoing

LOC        Home based

PAY        Travel expenses TBC

FOR        BAT CONSERVATION TRUST

Volunteer with the Bat Conservation Trust this summer! Every year the National Bat Helpline receives thousands of calls from members of the public who have found an orphaned or injured bat. We are fast approaching the time of year when bats become more active, and our Helpline becomes very busy. To help with this vital Helpline service on evenings and weekends, the Bat Conservation Trust organise an Out of Hours (OOH) Helpline from May to September. During this time, dedicated and passionate volunteers answer emergency calls from the public and put them in touch with local bat care volunteers. Volunteers are provided with full training on their role and typically assist with a few four hour ‘bat watches’ a month (depending on people’s availability). To register your interest or to find out more, please email outofhours@bats.org.uk or visit our website: https://www.bats.org.uk/support-bats/volunteer/helpline

 

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JOB        LOCAL OUTREACH VOLUNTEER

BE4        Ongoing

LOC        Homebased and local area – England and Wales only

PAY        Training & some expenses              

FOR        BRITISH DRAGONFLY SOCIETY

Do you love Dragonflies? Would you love to share your passion for these iconic insects with others? As a Local Outreach Volunteer you will be an ambassador for our charity and for dragonflies and their conservation. Duties may include giving talks to local groups in your area about our work and the wonderful world of Dragonflies, representing us at local events, taking leaflets to local venues, running Dragonfly identification courses, or leading guided walks at local nature reserves/parks to see Dragonflies. We can provide templates and content for talks, materials for event displays and all the support you will need to make the role your own. The role is very flexible and it is totally up to you which type of events you cover and how much time you can give. Please get in touch with Conservation Outreach Officer Fiona to find out more and to apply for the role: fiona.mckenna@british-dragonflies.org.uk

 

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JOB        VOLUNTEER GROUP CO-ORDINATORS

BE4        N / A

LOC        VARIOUS*

PAY        0

FOR        SUSTRANS

Volunteers are what make Sustrans special. 3,500 across the UK are grounded in communities & make a real difference in their area. From sprucing up the national Cycle Network, to empowering people to walk & cycle, improving wildlife along greenways to inspiring young people in schools to get active. As a Volunteer Group Co-ordinator you are responsible for co-ordinating volunteer activities in an agreed geographical location. This involves bringing together & motivating a volunteer group to carry out a range of tasks aimed at maintaining & enhancing the National Cycle Network, supporting Sustrans’ projects in the area & / or promoting sustainable travel. You will act as the main volunteer contact in the area & ensure information, knowledge & resources are shared with local volunteers & link in with other groups. *We are looking for Group Co-ordinators in Skipton https://c-js.co.uk/2ssei13  Doncaster https://c-js.co.uk/2FzYwch  Pennines https://c-js.co.uk/2FBpVKN  Copeland https://c-js.co.uk/2VZAopp  Carlisle https://c-js.co.uk/2RSb0T0  Tameside https://c-js.co.uk/2VX7nKU  & Hull https://c-js.co.uk/2t0H9Ke

 

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JOB        RSPB RESIDENTIAL VOLUNTEERS

BE4        end of March

LOC        UK WIDE

PAY        Free accom & training

FOR        RSPB

3 - 6 months full time. Are you passionate about conservation? Or more of a people person? Got good bird ID skills? We are looking for residential volunteers to join our reserve teams across the UK. We have practical conservation, visitor experience and surveying opportunities at various locations around the UK for volunteers who would like to come and join our teams for 3 - 6 months. We will provide you with a great insight into the life of a conservation charity and offer free accommodation and training where appropriate. You will need to be over 18, and have a clean driving licence, although this is not an essential at some locations. You will need to demonstrate a genuine interest in conservation and wildlife, and if you have some practical, people, or monitoring skills or a conservation qualification, then you could be the person we are looking for. For information please see our website at www.rspb.org.uk/residentialvolunteering

 

Scotland:

 

Clydesdale Community Initiatives offer outstanding opportunities for people experiencing long term physical or mental health issues & social disadvantage to participate in a range of social & vocational activities that positively impact on health & wellbeing. Programme includes environmental volunteering opps, natural cosmetic group, community kitchen and a wood craft social enterprise. Tel 01555 664211

 

Conservation Volunteering with Lothians Conservation Volunteers. We are a group of volunteers who do practical environmental conservation in Edinburgh and the Lothians nearly every Sunday (and some Saturdays too). We work for a variety of clients for the benefit of the wildlife, environment and people of Scotland. We provide transport and all the tools, training and safety equipment needed. www.lcv.org.uk

 

Butterfly Conservation Scotland's 'Bog Squad' runs regular bog restoration sessions with volunteers on peatland sites throughout central Scotland. Tasks include installing dams, clearing scrub and conducting peat depth surveys. More information is available on our blog http://bogsquad.weebly.com/ Get in touch with David Hill at peatproject@btconnect.com or on 01786 459813

 

There are regular Green Gyms (Wednesdays) and 5 Ways Well Green Gyms (Thursdays) at University Hospital Ayr & Ailsa. With a variety of practical conservation tasks (gardening, food growth, woodland management etc), and healthy walking educational activities. Find out more by contacting David Meechan on d.meechan@tcv.org.uk or 07773 200525.

 

Green Team projects connect young people with Nature. If you are 21+ and interested in volunteer conservation project / learning in outdoors then please get in touch and hear about our opportunities in Edinburgh area. All training free.  Contact mandy@greenteam.org.uk 0131 3377227

 

Scottish Badgers is the only charity dedicated to the protection & conservation of Scotland’s badgers, their setts & natural habitats.  We are seeking volunteers to be with our stall at events in their locality, mostly May to October. We provide an 'Events kit'. Driving licence and access to own transport needed. Please send your CV and covering letter to secretary@scottishbadgers.org.uk

 

Adopt a Mink Monitoring Raft! The Scottish Invasive Species Initiative (SISI) Mink Control Project needs volunteers across North Perthshire, Angus, Aberdeenshire, Moray & Highland. Monitoring a mink raft means checking it every 1-2 weeks for tell-tale footprints - that's it! More info; www.invasivespecies.scot  Email; sisi@nature.scot

 

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JOB        CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERS

BE4        Ongoing               

LOC        ALL OVER SCOTLAND!

PAY        0

FOR        NATIONAL TRUST FOR SCOTLAND

NTS is always on the lookout for enthusiastic volunteers to join our Conservation Volunteer Groups based in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Aberdeen & Inverness. You will have the opportunity to learn new skills & work in beautiful gardens & stunning countryside throughout Scotland. Must be over 18 & reasonably fit.  Contact Julie Bond, 0131 4580315, jbond@nts.org.uk

 

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JOB        VOLUNTEERING IN THE HIGHLANDS OF SCOTLAND

BE4        Ongoing

LOC        CREAG MEAGAIDH NNR, ABERARDER, KINLOCHLAGGAN, PH20 1BX

PAY        Accommodation / training provided

FOR        SCOTTISH NATURAL HERITAGE

Min one month, up to twelve months. Make new friends, improve your CV & have a great time at Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve. Volunteers should bring enthusiasm for the Nature of Scotland, a willingness to learn new skills & a good level of fitness would be an advantage. Exp not necessary. You will help with: variety of estate work including working with our livestock, sowing seeds for the field bird trail, fixing paths, woodland management; species & habitat monitoring which could include counting rare birds, trapping mink or pond dipping in the summer checking for invertebrates; talking to & helping visitors at the reserve; deer management. Check out YouTube to see what a previous volunteer says about Creag Meagaidh: http://c-js.co.uk/2orbxun. For more information or to apply email Linda Simpson on volunteer@nature.scot

 

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JOB        CONSERVATION VOLUNTEER

BE4        Ongoing

LOC        GRANGEMOUTH (covering East Central Scotland)

PAY        0

FOR        SCOTTISH WILDLIFE TRUST

Any day Monday to Thursday. You are free to choose your commitment but if you volunteer, you must be available for a full day. A varied range of outdoor practical tasks on our nature reserves such as grassland, woodland & peat bog management.   Travel from Grangemouth to the work sites & back is provided. You should be interested in the environment & in carrying out physical work outdoors sometimes in poor weather. Willing to work as part of a team.   Information from pgilbert@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

 

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JOB        ADOPT A PATH VOLUNTEER

BE4        N / A

LOC        Glen Finglas, Brig o’ Turk (Callender), Great Trossachs

PAY        0

FOR        WOODLAND TRUST

The Great Trossachs Path is both a long distance path and a network of paths across The Great Trossachs Forest. This is an interesting volunteering opportunity where you will be acting as an extra pair of eyes on our path network, looking for problems before they arise as regular inspections can prevent expensive repair work in the long term. Your role will involve monitoring and undertaking basic maintenance of your chosen section of path network; we would appreciate a minimum of two path assessments per year. You will receive an induction and regular contact with your volunteer manager. Ideally you will be local to the area, or within approximately 30 miles. For more details about the role: https://c-js.co.uk/2DIn55n

 

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JOB        VOLUNTEER MARINE RANGER

BE4        12/3/19

LOC        EYEMOUTH

PAY        Training*

FOR        St. Abbs and Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve Committee

37 hours per week, full time, flexible hours and some weekend working. This is an excellent opportunity for applicants to gain interdisciplinary experience while working with a unique marine conservation charity. The St. Abbs and Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve (VMR) encompasses 10.3km2 of some of the most diverse and stunning marine environment along the Berwickshire coast, supporting a variety of commercial and recreational interests. The Marine Ranger will be the public/visible arm of the VMR. Activities will include raising awareness of the marine environment through education, public events (particularly along the shore), communications campaigns, community engagement and liaison with stakeholders and user groups. Work on several collaborative projects which will include pressure mapping of activity within the reserve, socio-economic surveys and the Seabed Interpretation Project – using innovative technology to reveal the marine wonders to a global audience. * plus skills development & contribution to expenses. Application packs available from Mario Ray info@marine-reserve.uk 01890 752509

 

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JOB        CONSERVATION VOLUNTEER - NORTH EAST

BE4        Ongoing

LOC        DUNDEE - TO COVER NORTH EAST SCOTLAND

PAY        Training / expenses

FOR        SCOTTISH WILDLIFE TRUST

Any full day Monday to Thursday. We are looking for volunteers to work with our Reserves Project Officer based at Dundee to undertake a varied range of outdoor practical tasks on our nature reserves such as grassland, woodland & peat bog management.   Travel from Dundee to the work sites & back is provided. You should be interested in the environment & carrying out physical work outdoors sometimes in poor weather.  Willing to work as part of a team. Contact Peter Gilbert pgilbert@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk for details

 

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JOB        KNOCKENGORROCH SPRING VOLUNTEER WEEK

BE4        19/4/19

LOC        KNOCKENGORROCH, GALLOWAY HILLS

PAY        Meals provided

FOR        KNOCKENGORROCH CIC

The week runs from 19 to 29 April 2019. Outdoor activities – gardening, building including roofing and cladding, woodworking, sorting, cooking, painting at Knockengorroch, a smallholding in the Galloway Hills to  improve the site in readiness for our music festival in May. Practical, enthusiastic and creative people all welcome. Skill sharing and great company are provided. You do not need to attend the whole week. All meals provided, camping and some caravans. There may be opportunities to join our production team in May for 2019 's festival. Contact Liz Holmes 01644 460662 / 07718 35 8160 Email: info@knockengorroch.org.uk www.knockengorroch.org.uk

 

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JOB        RSPB FORSINARD RESIDENTIAL VOLUNTEERS

BE4        Mid March 2019

LOC        RSPB FORSINARD RESERVE, SCOTLAND 

PAY        Free accom & training

FOR        RSPB    

3 - 6 months full time preferably. At Forsinard we manage the largest RSPB reserve in the UK. We have a range of top opportunities in a variety of roles for you to gain further experience in ecological surveying or visitor experience. Our Learning Development and Communities Officers are looking for a volunteer to help us build upon and increase our reach across this large area and beyond. Including supporting the development and delivery of learning sessions for schools, organising and supporting a programme of community events across the Flow Country, and contributing to our marketing and communications work. We would also like to recruit practical conservation volunteers to support all aspects of our work on this internationally important expanse of blanket bog, which at 21,000ha is the RSPB's largest reserve in the UK.  You will assist with survey and monitoring, research and land management aspects of the site. See our website for details at www.rspb.org.uk/residentialvolunteering

 

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JOB        VOLUNTEER RANGERS X3

BE4        3/3/19     IV 13 or 14/3/19

LOC        GLENCOE, LOCHABER

PAY        Shared accommodation provided

FOR        NATIONAL TRUST FOR SCOTLAND

7 months, commencing on 8th April and running until the end of October 2019. Would suit recent a graduate or someone starting a career in conservation. All posts would involve a variety of tasks working as part of the Ranger team. These could include footpath maintenance, tree nursery work, delivery of education and events, ecological survey work/habitat monitoring, fencing, assisting the stalker, and staffing the information desk. Applicants who are available for the duration of the season will be favoured. Some knowledge / experience in the relevant field required but a willingness to learn is essential. Ability to work under own initiative and good communication skills necessary. Volunteers must also be happy with working and living in a remote place, leading walks and other events and working both indoors and outdoors. A full clean driving licence is essential. The post is subject to a Disclosure Scotland (PVG) check. Please email glencoe@nts.org.uk for information, and please apply at: https://www.nts.org.uk/Volunteering/Opportunities/

 

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JOB        SEVEN LOCHS 'WILDLIFE COUNTS' VOLUNTEERS

BE4        8/3/19

LOC        Seven Lochs Wetland Park, Glasgow / North Lanarkshire

PAY        Training & travel expenses               

FOR        TCV SCOTLAND

Flexible - anything from 1 day per month. The Seven Lochs 'Wildlife Counts' Project is seeking volunteers to help monitor and record wildlife across the Seven Lochs Wetland Park - as 17sq km park that spans the Glasgow City / North Lanarkshire Council boundary between Easterhouse, Coatbridge and Stepps. Activities include regular bee and butterfly recording, bird and amphibian survey, and setting up and monitoring nest cameras and camera traps. Training in identification and survey techniques will be provided. To find out more contact us at info@sevenlochs.org or through Facebook and Twitter @SevenLochs

 

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JOB        CONSERVATION VOLUNTEER     

BE4        Ongoing

LOC        Eglinton Country Park and other North Ayrshire sites

PAY        0

FOR        NORTH AYRSHIRE RANGER SERVICE

Help support North Ayrshire Ranger Service by taking part in a variety of conservation tasks in Eglinton Country Park and other sites around North Ayrshire.  No experience required, tools and training provided.  Learn new skills, meet new people and have fun.  Contact North Ayrshire Ranger Service on 01294 551776 or email joannejohnstone@north-ayrshire.gov.uk for further information.

 

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JOB        RESIDENTIAL VOLUNTEERS – NNRs in the Scottish Highlands

BE4        Ongoing

LOC        CREAG MEAGAIDH NNR; BEINN EIGHE NNR AND RUM NNR

PAY        Accommodation and training

FOR        SCOTTISH NATURAL HERITAGE  

1 to 6 months. The Scottish Highlands are world renowned for their breath-taking scenery and nature.  Residential volunteering opportunities are now open for three of our National Nature Reserves (NNRs) for committed people who can stay for 1 to 6 months.  Our volunteers get the chance to learn a manner of skills, and experience working in the spectacular landscapes of Scotland. The more time you stay with us the more you will experience and the more you will learn. This is an excellent chance to gain practical work experience, make new friends, and improve your CV.  See our volunteering leaflet: https://c-js.co.uk/2I2XAjF Volunteers should bring an enthusiasm for the nature of Scotland, a willingness to learn new skills & a good level of fitness would be advantageous. We need help with a variety of work to keep our NNRs in good condition, welcome visitors, and to connect people with nature.  Contact: volunteer@nature.scot

 

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JOB        WILDLIFE SURVEY VOLUNTEER

BE4        Ongoing

LOC        Eglinton Country Park and other sites around North Ayrshire

PAY        Training

FOR        NORTH AYRSHIRE RANGER SERVICE

1 day a week or month depending on survey. North Ayrshire Ranger Service requires your help to build a picture of the wildlife within Eglinton Country Park and surrounding North Ayrshire sites.  Whether you are a beginner or an expert surveyor there are plenty of opportunities to get involved.   Report what you see whilst out walking or take part in a regular survey. Lots of support and training available. Contact North Ayrshire Ranger Service on 01294 551776 or email eglintoncountrypark@north-ayrshire.gov.uk

 

Northern Ireland:

 

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JOB        MURLOUGH VOLUNTEER RANGER

BE4        Ongoing

LOC        MURLOUGH NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE

PAY        In house training

FOR        NATIONAL TRUST

The volunteer positions here at Murlough are essentially practical conservation based but there are opportunities to get involved in environmental education, flora / fauna surveys & guided walks. You would be involved in scrub clearance, habitat management, path maintenance, litter clearing. You will learn outdoor practical skills, gain an understanding of how habitats are managed, improve your communication skills & get your hands dirty while enjoying the great outdoors. If you have a friendly & enthusiastic manner & enjoy working outside in particular, this role may suit you. This role can be physically demanding & you may be on your feet all day in all types of weather. Why not become part of a friendly & dedicated team & gain invaluable exp working on a nature reserve. There may be other activities where we could use your help, have a look on our ‘Join In’ web page for more information: https://c-js.co.uk/2AsPpai or email murlough@nationaltrust.org.uk

 

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JOB        VOLUNTEER EDUCATION GUIDES

BE4        Ongoing

LOC        MURLOUGH NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE

PAY        0

FOR        NATIONAL TRUST

Volunteer Learning Guides help with and / or lead guided schools visits in the magnificent setting of Murlough. The team will also help with Wildlife Educational Events run on the property. Our Education programmes are linked to the aims of the National Curriculum. Nature, the Environment and Conservation are all given inspiration through our enhanced learning programmes and workshops which help children understand more about the world around them. You could be taking children on a mini-beast hunt and finding out all about the habitats of our indigenous animals. If you are outgoing, flexible and passionate about education and are happy to work outdoors, or if you enjoy a variety of work, like meeting people, working with children, having a friendly, helpful nature, please join our small team. There may be other activities where we could use your help, have a look on our ‘Join In’ web page at https://c-js.co.uk/2AsPpai  or email murlough@nationaltrust.org.uk

 

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JOB        VOLUNTEER MOUNTAIN RANGER

BE4        Ongoing

LOC        MURLOUGH NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE

PAY        Accommodation

FOR        NATIONAL TRUST

Work as part of our dedicated ranger & volunteer team on the breathtaking Mourne Mountains which covers approx 526 hectares & forms a very important part of the Eastern Mournes ASSI & SAC. You will be providing much needed support for our existing mountain rangers in our exciting Mournes Path Improvement Project. You will be working with contractors & getting involved with the repair &, where necessary, replacement of the c7km path on Slieve Donard, Northern Ireland's highest peak & Slieve Commedagh. If you are interested in working outside in mountainous terrain, & would like to be part of a small friendly team, please apply.  There may be other activities where we could use your help, have a look on our Join In web page for more information: https://c-js.co.uk/2AsPpai or email murlough@nationaltrust.org.uk

 

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JOB        MURLOUGH VOLUNTEER BOARDWALK RANGER
BE4        Ongoing

LOC        MURLOUGH NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE, COUNTY DOWN
PAY        Training

FOR        NATIONAL TRUST
Working with the Boardwalk Ranger, you will carry out formal inspections of all parts of the boardwalk network including way marking, signage, interpretation and the boardwalks themselves and will look at sustainable ways to repair / replace boardwalk. You will be working with a broader team of countryside staff and volunteers on the property and delivering an excellent service to visitors. If you have a friendly and enthusiastic manner and enjoy working outside in particular, this role may suit you. This role can be physically demanding and you may be on your feet all day in all types of weather. Why not become part of a friendly and dedicated team and gain invaluable experience working on a Nature Reserve? There may be other activities where we could use your help, have a look on our ‘Join In’ web page for more information: https://c-js.co.uk/2AsPpai or email murlough@nationaltrust.org.uk

 

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JOB        VOLUNTEER

BE4        Ongoing

LOC        BELFAST

PAY        Full support will be provided

FOR        GROUNDWORK NI

A few hours a week. We're seeking to recruit some volunteers who can help us manage and maintain our beautiful gardens in the heart of the community.  We have community gardens in North, East, South and West Belfast all with capacity for more volunteers. By volunteering in the garden you’ll have access to a horticulture specialist who can help you learn more about sowing, growing and planting in a fun and friendly environment. We provide full training to all our volunteers so whether you’re a gardening guru or growing novice there is always something to do and learn and there is a real reward for your time as you see the garden blossom throughout the year. For further information about our volunteering opportunities contact: gillianorr@groundworkni.co.uk

 

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JOB        VOLUNTEER RANGER

BE4        Ongoing               

LOC        CROM ESTATE, NEWTOWNBUTLER, CO. FERMANAGH, BT92 8AJ

PAY        Accommodation*

FOR        NATIONAL TRUST FERMANAGH

25 - 30 hpw for up to 1 year.  Assist in the management of Crom Estate, working on a wide range of practical conservation skills. Monitoring work including compilation of fauna surveys & botanical quadrats / transects. Invasive species control. Environmental education & interpretation work including website articles & press releases. Maintaining good working relationships with tenants, farmers, neighbours, other voluntary organisations, local communities & local authorities. Welcoming & liaising with visitors by providing information & guidance, which may include public speaking & guided walks. Undertaking such other appropriate practical & administrative tasks. This role will suit you if you: enjoy working outdoors in all weather conditions; work well as part of a team; have an appreciation & enthusiasm for the wildlife & the outdoors; prepared to undertake physical work; full driving licence essential. *Various household bills, travelling expenses, on the job training, & potential certified training (as & when needed by property). Email jade.blair@nationaltrust.org.uk for more info.

  

logo: SVW take the plungeTake the plunge…volunteer

 

Student Volunteering Week 2019 runs from 11th - 17th February. This is the 18th year that Student Volunteering Week is taking place. In 2018 students and staff from over 60 Higher and Further Education Institutions led over 300 events. Getting involved offers a great chance for students to develop their skills while forming key social action partnerships in local communities.

 

“Student Volunteer week is a fantastic way for charities, community groups and non-profit organisations to work with students and celebrate existing student volunteers. Volunteering and getting outside is a known contributor to positive wellbeing, as well as positive community engagement. We can’t wait to see what everyone has planned across the country this year”

Rosie Harvey, Student Volunteer Network Committee Chair

Student Opportunities Manager, University of Northampton Students’ Union

 

SVW gives a great platform for students all across the country to support the local community with, among many other projects, conservation activities with local schools, wildlife trusts and charities. Local organisations invite student volunteers in to help with ongoing maintenance, or more specific projects for example planting trees, clearing walkways, or general gardening support. All the students that get involved with these activities report enjoying supporting the local community in such a practical, active way.

 

History

2019 is the 18th year of Student Volunteering Week in the UK. Student volunteering and social action in the UK have a long history, from university settlements and missions in the nineteenth century to work camps for the unemployed in the interwar period to CND protesting and Student Community Action after the Second World War and throughout the later part of the 20th Century. Students are often at the forefront of promoting different social issues and interests, like the sustainability agenda and social entrepreneurship.

 

Delivery partners

Student Volunteering Week is delivered through a partnership between Student Volunteering Network, Student Hubs and NUS. SVN (Student Volunteering Network) is a peer support network for anyone employed by a UK higher or further education institution to logo: Student Volunteering Weeksupport student volunteering activity. Staff use the SVN mailbase and frequent regional meetings to share best practice and collaborate on activities throughout the year.

Find out more on www.studentvolunteeringnetwork.com

 

Debbie Thornton

Student Volunteering Network Committee Events Team Leader

Volunteer Coordinator, University of Bath Students’ Union

 

Wales:

 

Keep Wales Tidy run working parties throughout the year & tasks include litter picking, habitat management, footpath works, woodland management, Coastcare & many more. Anyone who would like to volunteer should contact KWT on 029 20256767 or info@keepwalestidy.cymru

 

Volunteering opportunities on our 'Get Active for Wildlife' project on a 40 acre nature reserve at Denmark Farm Conservation Centre, Lampeter, Ceredigion, SA48 7PN. Work days and training days planned. For more information please contact Linda at linda@denmarkfarm.org.uk

 

Our sessions are very sociable with the opportunity to meet new people and enjoy the natural environment and helping wildlife, learning new skills and boosting job prospects. All experience levels welcome, for the whole day or a few hours your help is greatly appreciated. For more information visit https://c-js.co.uk/2S9dJbI

 

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JOB        PEMBROKESHIRE COAST NATIONAL PARK ACTIVITY VOLUNTEER

BE4        N / A

LOC        PEMBROKESHIRE

PAY        Expenses & training

FOR        PEMBROKESHIRE COAST NATIONAL PARK AUTHORITY

Our Activity Volunteers support the National Park’s Activities & Events programme, chatting to participants, keeping groups together on a guided walk, helping out on bat walks / twilight walks, family events & at our centres, Carew Castle, Castell Henllys & Oriel y Parc. No fixed amount of time required. Opportunities are available to become Volunteer Walk Leaders & full training such as walk leader training, first aid & risk assessment is provided.  Please contact the National Park’s Volunteering Development Officer, Rebecca Evans rebeccae@pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk

 

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JOB        SNOWDONIA SOCIETY VOLUNTEER
BE4        N/A

LOC        SNOWDONIA NATIONAL PARK
PAY        Fuel expenses and parking costs can be claimed back

FOR        SNOWDONIA SOCIETY

Commit to 5 hours per volunteer day. The Snowdonia Society is a member-based conservation charity that works with local communities, organisations, businesses and individuals to help look after Snowdonia.  Since 1967 the Snowdonia Society has worked tirelessly to ensure that Snowdonia is well-protected, well-managed and enjoyed by all. Through our conservation work we provide helping hands and a strong voice for Snowdonia’s special landscape.  But ultimately it is about the heart - the relationships people have with the nature, landscape and culture of Snowdonia. The Snowdonia Ecosystem Project carries out regular practical conservation volunteer workdays to help enhance and maintain the natural beauty of the National Park. From toads and trees to footpaths and fungi our project is an ideal way of getting directly involved in the conservation and management of Snowdonia National Park, whilst having fun and meeting new (and familiar) faces. Please email Owain or Dan for further details on how you can get involved. owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk dan@snowdonia-society.org.uk

 

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JOB        AVICULTURE INTERNSHIP

BE4        Ongoing               

LOC        CARMARTHEN

PAY        On site, shared accom. A wage of £110 a week

FOR        INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE CONSULTANTS

6 days a week, increasing to 7 days a week during busy periods. International Wildlife Consultants Ltd. is one of the oldest established falcon breeding facilities in Europe; having bred falcons since 1975 and exporting to the Middle East since 1987. Every year we breed over 200 falcons at our facility in Wales. Responsibilities include: food preparation; care of live quail; monitoring CCTV observations of breeding falcons under the supervision of aviculture staff; assisting aviculture staff with their work managing breeding birds; cleaning, repairs, maintenance of aviaries and avicultural facilities; rearing of young falcons in brooder room; assisting aviculture staff with their work managing and feeding young falcons through their stages of development; making falconry equipment & participation in the shipping of falcons. As well as breeding falcons we have 200 acres of farmland with different projects ongoing, such as tree planting, beekeeping, beaver and Stork projects to name a few. Find out more from wayne@falcons.co.uk

 

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JOB        UPLANDS RANGER (FULL TIME VOLUNTEER)

BE4        22/2/19

LOC        Dan y Gyrn, Blaenglyn Farm, Libanus, Brecon

PAY        Accom & training*

FOR        NATIONAL TRUST

Three to four days per week. The purpose of this role is to assist our uplands ranger team with maintenance work and activities across our sites in the Brecon Beacons and Monmouthshire, in particular with our footpath repair work and family events, whilst helping to preserve these special places for future generations. This role will suit someone who is passionate about preserving our uplands and the work of the National Trust.  Keen to work in the great outdoors, whatever the weather, looking to develop a career in conservation and happy to work as part of a team.  *Relevant training to the role will be provided, which could help with getting a job in conservation. Fully-furnished and fully-equipped accommodation, rent-free, is available for all full time volunteers for the duration of their time with us. Apply online via the National Trust volunteering website www.nationaltrust.org.uk/volunteer or for further information contact Lead Ranger Robert Reith on robert.reith@nationaltrust.org.uk

 

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JOB        CONSERVATION RANGER (FULL TIME VOLUNTEER)

BE4        22/2/19

LOC        Dan y Gyrn, Blaenglyn Farm, Libanus, Brecon

PAY        Accom & training*              

FOR        NATIONAL TRUST

Three to four days per week. The purpose of this role is to assist two of our rangers with maintenance work and activities across our sites in the Brecon Beacons and Monmouthshire. You will gain experience in a wide range of activities including practical countryside maintenance, habitat management and visitor engagement whilst helping to preserve our special places for future generations. This role will suit someone who is passionate about preserving our special places and the work of the National Trust.  Keen to work in the great outdoors, whatever the weather, looking to develop a career in conservation and happy to work as part of a team. *Relevant training to the role will be provided, which could help with getting a job in conservation. Fully-furnished and fully-equipped accommodation, rent-free, is available for all full time volunteers for the duration of their time with us. Apply online via the National Trust volunteering website www.nationaltrust.org.uk/volunteer or for further information contact Lead Ranger Robert Reith on robert.reith@nationaltrust.org.uk

 

logo: South Downs National Park AuthorityDeveloping volunteering for all in National Parks

By Daniel Greenwood, South Downs National Park Authority

 

Volunteering with the South

Volunteers from the Eastern Area of the South Downs: the South Downs

National Park relies heavily on volunteers to protect its special qualities

(DG/SDNPA)

Downs National Park Authority

The nature conservation sector is built on the work of volunteers. Much of the need for conservation volunteers comes from historical changes to the way British landscapes are managed. Notions of leaving areas to undergo ‘natural processes’ are becoming popular, but the pressing and current need to protect certain habitats depends on human activity. Chalk downland is one of the rare habitats that makes the South Downs National Park special. It is at its richest when it is managed either by us or our grazing animals.

At the South Downs we have around 300 active volunteers1 undertaking activities focused on the downland, heathland, rivers, wetlands and woodlands of the National Park. Land management is undertaken with the leadership of our ranger teams who operate across the 100 miles of the National Park, overseeing the work of volunteers under the moniker of the South Downs Volunteer Ranger Service2, a voluntary organisation which is approaching its 40th birthday. Our volunteers are motivated by different aims, some want to be part of the landscape-scale preservation of wildlife and heritage, some enjoy the physical activity of managing scrub, installing gates and fences, whereas others are driven to support with monitoring by concerns for wildlife or archaeology.

The South Downs from Wilmington Hill: volunteering is a sprawling

concept that requires planning, resources and partnership working

(DG/SDNPA)

 

The South Downs volunteering network

One important thing to understand about volunteering is the differentiation between volunteers as individuals and the concept itself. For us, volunteering is the wider programme, structure and offer available to people who want to be involved in the National Park’s movement and activities. One key aspect of this for the wider National Park is to hold volunteering network meetings, where professionals, including charities and voluntary groups, local authorities and other organisations who provide volunteering opportunities relevant to the National Park’s purposes can meet. The meetings provide workshops and a chance for partners to offer their own perspectives on the direction of the Park. This is one of the key roles for a National Park to undertake, as by involving partners in the volunteering conversation, attempting to steer a clear direction of travel on the nature of volunteering in the Park, we can ensure that the good work being undertaken by other organisations is recorded, celebrated, supported and learned from. There is a huge amount of work going on in the South Downs, with our partners delivering 91,000 days of volunteering activity annually. You can see the South Downs volunteering map here3.

 

Developing volunteering to reach new audiences

There are many ways that people can become involved in protecting and enhancing the special qualities of a National Park. However, it requires a lot of work from an internal volunteering team and the relevant volunteer managers to ensure that opportunities are workable and resourced. Our volunteering and ranger teams have worked together to produce a volunteering development strategy and action plan to be delivered over the next five years. The plan is based on identified areas for diversification of opportunities within the National Park to improve the current volunteering offer and to engage people in volunteering who currently are not involved. Conservation as a movement has much to do to engage the next generation of volunteers and, while we can do much more, the fact is that volunteering will change with society. We are likely to see a shift in the way volunteering happens in future, with people likely to retire later and the causes needing volunteers adapting over time. The truth is that though volunteering is often mistakenly seen as something you can only do in retirement, people of the ‘millenial’ generation are finding new and exciting ways to make a difference.

We are likely to see a shift in the way volunteering happens in future

(DG/SDNPA)

 

Finding a role for young people in National Parks, now!

In September 2018 the EUROPARC youth manifesto4 was launched to inspire and establish a greater role for young people in the work and life of protected landscapes across Europe. The manifesto points to the exclusion that young people face in rural and protected landscape areas and answers in how to identify ways to increase youth involvement. The issues range from lack of educational or volunteering opportunities, to those involving the inability for young people to work and live in rural areas. At the South Downs we are piloting Youth Ambassador volunteer roles5 for two current volunteers. Our Youth Ambassafors will be getting involved in all manner of ways to promote the views of young people in the South Downs, from giving talks to partner organisations, writing articles for social media and other ways that they find worthwhile. We want them to lead.

 

One aspect we are keen to explore is micro-volunteering. We have identified a need to find ways for people to take part who

Advances in digital media technology and apps such as iRecord gives

us the opportunity to take part in a wide range of volunteering activities

(DG)

work full-time or are unable to access regular, long-term opportunities for whatever reason. Smart phones allow us to be involved in a plethora of activities at any time, anywhere. In conservation, species monitoring apps like iRecord allow you to submit wildlife sightings that will then be sent to local record centres and experts for approval. This allows people to use their expertise to support conservation projects at a local and sometimes national level. On a personal level, this is currently the only form of volunteering I can fit into life alongside full-time work.

 

Conclusion

The conservation of natural and cultural heritage in the UK relies is underpinned by volunteers. Volunteering in a National Park provides one of the richest volunteering resources for people in the UK today but there is more that can be done to help people take part. Volunteering will change with society, meaning we need to find innovative ways for people to care about the causes that require volunteers to drive them and find ways for underrepresented people to be involved now. This process involves partnership working and a strategic vision for how we want people to be involved in future. If you’re interested in volunteering in the South Downs check out the volunteering map showing opportunities available across the National Park3.

 

Links

1              https://www.southdowns.gov.uk/care-for/volunteering/

2              http://www.southdowns.gov.uk/care-for/volunteering/volunteering-ranger-service/

3              https://www.southdowns.gov.uk/care-for/volunteering/volunteering-map/

4              https://www.europarc.org/nature/young-people/youth-manifesto/

5              https://www.southdowns.gov.uk/10-things-i-get-volunteering/

 

North East:

 

River Stewardship Company is looking for volunteers to help maintain the river channels at weekly volunteer days in Sheffield and Leeds - on the River Don in Sheffield every Tuesday and the River Aire in Leeds every other Friday.  Please contact Sarah for more info - sarah.emberson@the-rsc.co.uk / 07766 352932

 

'Adopt a Stream' provides training to people wanting to carry out monitoring on their local stretch of river. You can collect records on: Invasive species ; Water Quality – Dissolved oxygen, pH, Phosphorous, Nitrites, temperature, turbidity, sewage, invertebrates. Wildlife; Flooding; Areas of public access improvement. Please contact info@tyneriverstrust.org for more information.

 

Volunteering with Tyne Rivers Trust is a great way to spend time outdoors, meet new people and of course, improve the river. Our volunteers are vital to the Trust and carry out practical tasks that improve habitat and make the river a better place to be. Find out more on www.tyneriverstrust.org

 

Discover beautiful woodlands & river habitats in the Derwent Valley & surrounding areas. Land of Oak & Iron woodland volunteer tasks every Monday across our area & Friends of Prudhoe Woods tasks every Tuesday & Thursday. We also have occasional training days & river restoration tasks. pdownes@durhamwt.co.uk http://landofoakandiron.org.uk/whats-on/

 

Leeds’ cemeteries each have their own distinctive character, interesting history and diverse wildlife that make them wonderful places to visit. Volunteers will meet every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month to perform practical work to restore and enhance these valuable historic green spaces. For more information contact: nicholas.denman@leeds.gov.uk

 

We are a Harrogate-based disability charity looking for a volunteer to work with and support adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues to carry out conservation tasks on Fridays. Tools and training are provided. Please call Kate on 01423 507227 or email info@opencountry.org.uk for more details.

 

The Friends of Chevin Forest meet on the 2nd Sunday of each month to carry out habitat and site maintenance at this wonderful and popular nature site above the town of Otley. Contact jonathan.dunster@leeds.gov.uk for more details.

 

Join Leeds Wildlife Volunteers on the 2nd & 4th Weds of each month to carry out habitat and site maintenance tasks (and occasional surveys) at nature areas all over the Leeds area. Contact jonathan.dunster@leeds.gov.uk for more details.

 

Volunteer tree planting days and weekend residentials in the beautiful South Pennines, Upper Calder Valley, West Yorkshire. Woodland creation for flood risk alleviation and habitat creation.  For more details see: www.treesponsibility.com, Contact Christina Hooley Volunteer Coordinator,  treesponsibility@gmail.com mobile: 07709 690368

 

North York Moors National Park has a wide range of opportunities for both practical and administrative roles - click the link below find out more! https://c-js.co.uk/2DjzQmQ

 

The Wear Rivers Trust is looking for both practical task and monitoring volunteers to help out with varied river restoration, Non-Native Invasive Species and habitat and species monitoring tasks across the River Wear catchment in County Durham and Sunderland. Please email david.tompkins@wear-rivers-trust.org.uk or phone 01388 488867 to learn more!

 

The Friends of Hawksworth Wood meet on the 2nd Saturday of each month to carry out habitat and site maintenance at this wonderful urban woodland nestled in between Hawksworth, Horsforth & Kirkstall. Contact jonathan.dunster@leeds.gov.uk for more details.

 

We are working in partnership with the Forestry Commission to return over 600 hectares of commercial conifer plantation to native woodland. We hold regular volunteer days removing regenerating conifers and planting native trees. All welcome. For more details contact: j.h.hodgson@leeds.ac.uk or Facebook/twitter/Instagram @hardknottforest

 

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JOB        WELCOME VOLUNTEER 

BE4        Ongoing

LOC        OLD MOOR RSPB

PAY        Expenses

FOR        RSPB    

Once a week. Would you like to help us give a great welcome, and help with increasing our memberships? Here at Old Moor you will be welcoming visitors at our Visitor Centre, providing great customer service, and speaking to non member visitors to encourage them to become a member of the RSPB. Very friendly team and great atmosphere. To find out more contact: Ivy Sheryn 07428 744411, ivy.sheryn@rspb.org.uk

 

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JOB        LAND OF OAK & IRON EVENTS VOLUNTEER

BE4        Ongoing               

LOC        DERWENT VALLEY, NE ENGLAND

PAY        Travel expenses

FOR        Land of Oak & Iron (through Groundwork NE & Cumbria)

Approx. 1 day / month. Provide support to the Land of Oak & Iron staff team & partner orgs in organising & helping on the day at a range of events to promote Land of Oak & Iron & opportunities for local people to take part. Tasks may incl event planning & publicity, setting up on the day, running activities & talking to members of the public. Individuals need no prior exp, just enthusiasm & passion for the area. Find out more from Kath Marshall-Ivens kath.marshall-ivens@groundwork.org.uk 01207 524883 / 07966 330028

 

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JOB        VOLUNTARY RIVER STEWARD

BE4        Ongoing               

LOC        SHEFFIELD

PAY        Training / uniform / expenses

FOR        RIVER STEWARDSHIP COMPANY

2 or 3 days per week for a continuous 9 month period. The Voluntary River Steward will assist the RSC Landscape team to deliver a variety of waterway maintenance tasks and habitat improvements on Yorkshire’s waterways. The successful post holder will gain experience in tasks including: felling, coppicing and pollarding trees; planting trees, shrubs and other flora; habitat creation such as the erection of kingfisher perches and otter holts; invasive species control and litter and debris management within the river channel, banks and riverside footpaths. There will also be an opportunity to assist in the delivery of a variety of community engagement activities, such as running practical volunteer days. Contact Sarah Emberson sarah.emberson@the-rsc.co.uk

 

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JOB        TASK FORCE VOLUNTEER

BE4        N/A

LOC        RAINTON MEADOWS OR LOW BARNS        

PAY        Training

FOR        DURHAM WILDLIFE TRUST            

1 day a week. Practical habitat management incl scrub clearance, tree felling, burning, coppicing, tree planting/maintenance, hedge laying, meadow raking, balsam control, bracken control, path mowing and reed cutting as part of a group of volunteers. Assist with fencing work and infrastructure repairs or new installation of bridges, steps and surfaced footpaths. Help move livestock. Assist with survey work & habitat management, learn to use hand tools and gain carpentry and fencing skills with opportunities to learn practical management skills. On the job training relevant to tasks undertaken. Improve communication skills & have the opportunity to learn/enhance/share local knowledge of wildlife and conservation. To find out more and apply contact Zoe Hull on 0191 5843112 zhull@durhamwt.co.uk

 

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JOB        BUTTERFLY SURVEYORS

BE4        4/3/19     Training day 26/3/19

LOC        Various Nature Reserves in North and East Yorkshire

PAY        0

FOR        YORKSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST

Survey season April to end of September, flexible to suit volunteer. Butterfly Surveyors required for various nature reserves across North and East Yorkshire. You’ll carry out butterfly transects on YWT reserves following the Butterfly Conservation survey methodology, in conjunction with other surveyors. You’ll need access to a computer to record the data onto the UK Butterfly Conservation Trust website. Find out more on https://www.ywt.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer

 

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JOB        SHOREBIRD WARDEN (PLACEMENT)

BE4        31/3/19

LOC        LINDISFARNE NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE

PAY        To be confirmed

FOR        LINDISFARNE NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE, NATURAL ENGLAND

Three month placement. An exciting opportunity to work as part of a close team supporting with the protection and monitoring of breeding Shorebirds at various locations around Lindisfarne NNR. This will involve counts of adults, chicks and fledglings, as well as contributing to other monitoring programmes such as food provisioning. There will be a large aspect of assisting with species protection, which will include the installation and maintenance of signage and anti-predator fencing. You will be required to engage with members of the public visiting the nesting sites, educating them on the sensitivities of the breeding birds and enforcing public exclusion zones. You will also have the opportunity to support with public outreach events held around the Reserve which raise awareness of the nesting birds on our beaches. Accommodation near the Reserve is recommended, with the possibility of camping at nearby sites. For more information please call the Reserve office on 01289 381470.

 

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JOB        LEARNING & COMMUNITY ASSISTANT      

BE4        28/2/19 IV wb 4/3/19

LOC        GIBSIDE, GATESHEAD

PAY        Accom, basic food costs, funding for training

FOR        NATIONAL TRUST             

A 37 hour week, usually Monday to Friday, some evenings and weekends when required. A full time residential volunteer opportunity for 6-12 months to help in the preparation and delivery of educational activities to school and community groups.  You will help in the day to day management of the bunkhouse, deliver family engagement activities including birthday parties, and help create interpretation. This role will suit people who enjoy working with people of all ages and abilities and who are looking to develop their own skills and experience of working in the heritage sector. You should have some knowledge and experience of British natural history, working with young people and have the ability to work on your own initiative and as part of a team. This role can be physically demanding so you need to be reasonably fit and willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions. To apply please send a CV and cover letter to elizabeth.jenner@nationaltrust.org.uk  For any questions please call 01207 541200

 

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JOB        EDUCATION TEAM VOLUNTEER  

BE4        Available constantly

LOC        THE YORKSHIRE ARBORETUM

PAY        Training

FOR        THE YORKSHIRE ARBORETUM     

The Education Officer will provide a diary of school visits and you can sign up for as many or as few as you like. Most schools arrive around 10am, stay for a picnic lunch and leave mid-afternoon. The job is to support the Education Officer in providing stimulating learning and activity sessions for schools and assist the children with practical activities. Also to help with producing and maintaining educational resources, materials and equipment. Experience of working with children is useful but not necessary. You will need to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. All school visit activities take place outdoors and whatever the weather, so you will need to be happy working in sunshine, rain and cold weather and provide your own suitable clothing and footwear. A certain amount of walking sometimes over rough, muddy or hilly ground is involved. Please contact volunteer@yorkshirearboretum.org. Please include a telephone number(s).

 

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JOB        SPURN RESERVE VOLUNTARY TRAINEE

BE4        4/3/19 IV 26/3/19 at Spurn

LOC        SPURN NNR       

PAY        Accom, travel expenses & training budget

FOR        YORKSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST       

12 months for 3 days week. This is an amazing opportunity to be part of the exciting developments at Spurn and help make it an exceptional place to visit. You will be involved in helping to plan and deliver practical reserve management and livestock management; be part of the visitor experience by welcoming visitors on site and providing essential information; helping out in the cafe and retail areas and also assisting with the varied and interesting programme of events that we have at Spurn. The variety of tasks you will be able to take part in should provide a good mix of skills for those who wish to work in the conservation sector and would be an attractive addition to your CV. If you would like to find out more and apply for this role please visit our website: https://c-js.co.uk/2KGcmdv  

 

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JOB        VOLUNTEER OFFICER

BE4        Ongoing

LOC        Sedum House, Mallard Way, Doncaster, DN4 8DB

PAY        Training at a value of approx. £1,000 + expenses

FOR        THE CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERS

Two to three days per week (Monday - Friday), for six months or more. Volunteer Officers assist and lead on a variety of sessions from green gyms, community events to educational activities. This role involves aspects such as planning and organising tasks, equipment maintenance, volunteer recruitment, and helping to deliver tasks with a view of leading tasks in the future. There are 3 Volunteer Officer positions available. Based in Doncaster with the view of practical work across our sites in Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley. Some knowledge of practical skills is desirable but not essential. No experience required as training will be provided, however, good communication skills and an enthusiasm for the outdoors is essential. A driver’s licence would be beneficial but not essential and this role is subject to the completion of an enhanced DBS. To register your interest please call 01302 388832 or email southyorkshire@tcv.org.uk

 

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JOB        VOLUNTEER PARK RANGER

BE4        22/2/19 12pm

LOC        YORK

PAY        Local travel expenses covered. Training provided

FOR        ST NICKS

6 months, 3 days a week (Tuesday - Thursday). With our support and ‘on the job’ training, you will help the St Nicks team to look after our unique and diverse nature reserve through a variety of tasks such as wildflower planting, scything, invasive species control, tree planting / transplanting; leading and supporting volunteer groups; surveying and monitoring species and habitats; improving site access and maintaining signage; engaging with nature reserve users; and helping out at events. With various habitats to manage over 24 acres and diverse groups of volunteers to lead and supervise, the Volunteer Park Ranger role presents and exciting and challenging opportunity for those looking to embark on a career within the sector. There will also be opportunities to take on and lead LNR projects such as improving and monitoring riparian habitats, helping us to create educational resources for visitors and volunteers and developing methodologies for habitat or species surveys to help us better monitor our wildlife. Find out more from Maria Gill on 01904 411821, volunteer@stnicks.org.uk

 

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JOB        VOLUNTEER OFFICER

BE4        N / A

LOC        LEEDS

PAY        Training

FOR        TCV

Grab your chance to volunteer with the UK’s leading practical conservation charity! As a springboard to your career in the environment sector or as personal development, becoming a Volunteer officer is a unique, highly rewarding experience. Learn practical skills working on conservation projects in & around Leeds. You will be responsible for organising & leading tasks, will gain experience in volunteer co-ordination & project management & have the opportunity to get involved with other projects & events including fundraising, educational activity days, publicity & marketing. Our Volunteer Officers are trained by experienced staff, through our formal training programme which includes: leadership, health & safety, tools, first aid, Midas, & safeguarding. As you will be working with a diverse group of volunteers, training will also be provided in mental health first aid; working with people with learning disabilities & equality & diversity. Visit www.tcv.org.uk/hollybush to find opportunities in your local area.

 

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JOB        INSPIRING PEOPLE VOLUNTEER LIVING SEAS CENTRE

BE4        Taster Day 10/3/19 cd 13/3/19 9am

LOC        LIVING SEAS CENTRE, FLAMBOROUGH

PAY        0

FOR        YORKSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST       

Commitment is flexible. Our Living Seas Centre is a gateway to the wonderful marine wildlife found on Yorkshire's east coast, where we run lots of fun and inspiring public events. We'd like some new people to join the team and help make our visitors day special. If you enjoy talking to people and being in a busy and friendly environment, whilst making sure people have an inspiring visit and learning about the marine environment this is the role for you! If you'd like to dip your toe in before applying we are holding an Inspiring People Volunteer Taster Day at the Living Seas Centre Sunday 10th March 2019 10am-1pm. The day will consist of learning about what we do, taking part in some fun activities that you would be involved as an Inspiring People Volunteer and the next steps to joining the team. This is a bookable event, please send booking requests to volunteering@ywt.org.uk https://www.ywt.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer

 

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JOB        LIVING SEAS CENTRE WELCOME VOLUNTEER

BE4        Taster Day 10/3/19 cd 13/3/19 9am

LOC        LIVING SEAS CENTRE, FLAMBOROUGH

PAY        0

FOR        YORKSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST

Commitment is flexible. Our Living Seas Centre is a gateway to the wonderful marine wildlife found on Yorkshire's east coast. Here you will find lots of passionate volunteers and staff to enthuse visitors about the marine environment and what they could see on their visit to the east coast. We'd like some new people to join the team and help make our visitors day special. If you enjoy talking to people and being in a busy and friendly environment, whilst making sure people have an inspiring visit in a well-run centre, we would like to hear from you. We are holding a Welcome Volunteer Taster session 2pm-4pm on 10th March 2019. The day will consist of learning about what we do, taking part in some fun activities that you would be involved as a Welcome Volunteer and the next steps to joining the team. This is a bookable event, please send booking requests to volunteering@ywt.org.uk https://www.ywt.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer

 

REF        330-FOCUSR-OK8

JOB        NATURE FORCE GROUP VOLUNTEER

BE4        Ongoing

LOC        WAKEFIELD DISTRICT

PAY        Training. DBS check

FOR        OPEN COUNTRY

We run every Tuesday throughout the year. Volunteers are asked to come at least one Tuesday a month. The Nature Force Group is run by the disability charity Open Country's 'Wild about Wakefield' project. The Harrogate-based charity enable people with disabilities to access the countryside more, mainly through a series of outdoor activities. Every Tuesday we carry out fun conservation tasks with adults with learning disabilities across the district. We need your help assisting these disabled adults to do tasks such as tree planting, scrub clearing, wildflower planting and more! We are based at Thornes Park near the centre of Wakefield but go out for the full day with minibus provision. No experience is necessary, all training, tools and PPE are provided.  Contact Ella, Project Officer, on 07426 716677 for an informal chat or email wakefield@opencountry.org.uk

 

North West:

 

REF        331-FOCUSR-OK8

JOB        VOLUNTEER RANGER

BE4        Ongoing

LOC        BROCKHOLES NATURE RESERVE, PRESTON, LANCASHIRE

PAY        Travel expenses*               

FOR        The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester & North Merseyside

Volunteer Rangers are our eyes and ears out on the reserve. The role involves patrolling the nature reserve and carrying out daily checks as well as being on hand to assist in emergencies or out of the ordinary situations. You’ll need to share your enthusiasm for the reserve, our wildlife and our conservation work with our visitors and promote the work of the Wildlife Trust and all that Brockholes has to offer ensuring our visitors make the most of their visit. * Free parking, restaurant and shop discounts, 20% discount at Cotswold Outdoors, induction programme. We are looking for Volunteer Rangers for all 7 days of the week. Time: 2 hour slot on a weekly basis. Go to www.brockholes.org to find out more.

 

REF        332-FOCUSR-OK8

JOB        EVENTS & ACTIVITIES VOLUNTEERS

BE4        Ongoing

LOC        BROCKHOLES NATURE RESERVE, PRESTON, LANCASHIRE

PAY        Travel expenses*

FOR        The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester & North Merseyside

Brockholes has a packed & varied programme of events & activities running throughout the year for visitors of all ages from tots to grown ups!  We run lots of children’s activities, walks, talks, theatre performances & even Santa comes to Brockholes in December. Events & Activities Volunteers assist us with event set up, meeting & greeting, delivering the sessions & packing away at the end & helping to ensure that everyone has a fantastic experience! The majority of our events & activities are held at weekends & school holiday periods, so you will need to be available to volunteer then. *Free parking, restaurant & shop discount, 20% discount at Cotswold Outdoors, induction programme. Go to www.brockholes.org to find out more

 

REF        333-FOCUSR-OK8

JOB        FAMILY LEARNING ASSISTANT

BE4        Ongoing

LOC        Ribble Valley and Pendle, East Lancashire  

PAY        Training & out-of-pocket travel costs

FOR        PENDLE HILL LANDSCAPE PARTNERSHIP

Opportunities for periodic/regular volunteering or either 1 day per week/biweekly/monthly. Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership project aims to improve and develop local families' relationship with their local landscape and wild spaces. The Outdoor Learning Officer will provide a key role in broadening learning aspects of the PHLP, providing additional family activities and formal education methods to engage with the PHLP community. This role involves: assisting the delivery of nature and heritage events and activities within the PHLP area for adults, children and families; supporting the Outdoor Learning Officer in admin, resource creation and session promotion; joining in with activities and providing a positive role model for the children, young people and families; encouraging families to try other PHLP community events, training and activities. For more information please see: https://pendlehillproject.com/get-involved If you are interested in this opportunity or to find out more please call 01200 420420 or email pendlehill@ernestcooktrust.co.uk

 

REF        334-FOCUSR-29/3

JOB        VOLUNTEER WORKSHOP LEADER

BE4        31/3/19

LOC        MANCHESTER AND LIVERPOOL

PAY        Training

FOR        ACTION FOR CONSERVATION

Action for Conservation (AFC) is an environmental education charity working with young people from across the UK to inspire the next generation of conservationists. They are looking for young, passionate conservationists studying at a Master's level or higher or working in the sector to join their dynamic team of volunteer WildED workshop leaders in Manchester & Liverpool this summer. The WildED programme supports students in delivering local environmental projects that have a positive impact on wildlife & increase their connection to nature. Volunteers help facilitate workshops & share their experiences of working / studying in the conservation sector, showing students what 'real' conservationists look like. Workshops are fun, rewarding & a fantastic opportunity to showcase your experience, university or organisation & work with amazing young people! If you are interested please email info@actionforconservation.org with a short bio about yourself & any previous facilitation / conservation experience.

 

REF        335-FOCUSR-OK8

JOB        PEOPLE ENJOYING NATURE VOLUNTEERS

BE4        Ongoing

LOC        Ribble Valley and Pendle, East Lancashire  

PAY        Benefit from being outdoors + training & expenses

FOR        Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership

The PEN sessions take place in three 6 week blocks between March and October and 4 stand-alone sessions from November to February. Most on the same day and time each week for the 6 week blocks (e.g. every Thursday afternoon from 1pm-4pm). People Enjoying Nature (PEN) is an outreach project offering supported activity sessions to individuals and groups who are dealing with mental health and social isolation issues. Activity may incl practical conservation tasks, creative tasks in the landscape, archaeology, sessions with artists etc., which will link in with other PHLP projects or seasonal activity. This role involves: Supporting staff with preparation and delivery of landscape and heritage based activity sessions; Supporting participants and fellow volunteers throughout sessions; Assisting with resource creation, social media promotion and activity planning. Details: https://pendlehillproject.com/get-involved Before starting this role you will require a full induction. Please call 01200 420420 or email jayne.ashe@lancashire.gov.uk for more information. 

 

REF        336-FOCUSR-OK8

JOB        OUTDOOR LEARNING ASSISTANT

BE4        Ongoing

LOC        Ribble Valley and Pendle, East Lancashire                  

PAY        Training & out-of-pocket travel costs

FOR        PENDLE HILL LANDSCAPE PARTNERSHIP

Either 1 day per week/biweekly/monthly or ad hoc to suit school groups. Support the Outdoor Learning Officer with educational trips, teacher training and in school and learning orgs grounds. Advocate learning from the land to local schools and educational groups. This role involves: Assisting in the delivery of env ed programmes, activities and youth engagement; Supporting the Outdoor Learning Officer in outdoor lesson planning in line with the National Curriculum and exam specifications; Assist in the promotion and delivery of events, projects and activities across the PHLP area whenever possible, linking to school. For more information please see: https://pendlehillproject.com/get-involved Before starting this role you will be required to undertake an informal interview and full induction, and a DBS check will be carried out (free of charge). If you are interested in this opportunity or would like to find out more please call 01200 420420 or email pendlehill@ernestcooktrust.co.uk

 

REF        337-FOCUSR-OK8

JOB        PROMOTED ROUTE VOLUNTEERS             

BE4        Ongoing               

LOC        PENDLE HILL AREA, EAST LANCASHIRE  

PAY        Training & out-of-pocket travel costs

FOR        PENDLE HILL LANDSCAPE PARTNERSHIP

Each route needs to receive a full walk through and check at least once every 6 months. Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership project aims to improve and manage key visitor 'gateway' sites and access routes within the PHLP area. This project will also include the additions of promoted routes, existing routes in the area which the PHLP will promote. You will be responsible for a specific walking route within the Partnership area. These routes will be promoted through the PHLP team, and will vary in length, terrain and location. This role involves: walking 'adopted' promoted route fully at least once every 6 months to inspect the condition of the route and report back to the Countryside Access Officer; being responsible for carrying out small, maintenance tasks; using hand tools to carry out this work. For more information please see: https://pendlehillproject.com/get-involved If you are interested in this role please call 01200 420420 or email sarah.dornan@lancashire.gov.uk

 

REF        338-FOCUSR-29/3

JOB        TOWPATH RANGER - NANTWICH

BE4        31/3/19

LOC        Shropshire Union Canal, Nantwich, Cheshire

PAY        Uniform & equipment. Reasonable expenses

FOR        CANAL & RIVER TRUST

1 - 3 days/week. Our Volunteer Rangers provide a visible presence assisting the Canal & River Trust in enhancing and promoting the appropriate use and enjoyment of the area and play an integral part in the visitor experience. The role is to provide a polite and friendly welcome to waterway visitors and helping to look after and maintain the area. There are several key tasks for the volunteer ranger, whether it’s talking to customers, providing visitor information, signage upkeep, monitoring and reporting potholes and other hazards, painting, litter picking and generally helping with this section of the canal network, it can really make a great difference to a visitor’s appreciation of the waterways. Register your interest at https://c-js.co.uk/2RCFrby 

 

REF        339-FOCUS-OK8

JOB        MYPLACE ECOTHERAPY VOLUNTEER

BE4        N/A

LOC        LANCASHIRE

PAY        Training / expenses

FOR        LANCASHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST

Up to 4 hours per week. Myplace works with people who have physical or mental health issues and / or are experiencing long-term unemployment. We aim to empower people, encouraging them to take action, participating in environmental activity that has positive benefits for their own health and mental wellbeing, as well as for their local community. We do this through the delivery of 5 themes of Ecotherapy: Conservation, Growing, Nature Walks, Mindful Environments and Bushcraft. Volunteers are needed to help support our weekly sessions which are delivered across East, West and Central Lancashire for all ages (13+). This role will suit people who are empathetic with good interpersonal skills and are able to work with people from all walks of life. If you would like to make a difference in a person’s life whilst developing new skills and knowledge then get in touch: myplace@lancswt.org.uk  01772 872007

 

REF        340-FOCUSR-OK8

JOB        VISITOR ENGAGEMENT VOLUNTEER

BE4        Ongoing

LOC        Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston, Lancashire

PAY        Travel expenses & benefits*

FOR        The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester & North Merseyside

4 hours per week as part of a rota, morning or afternoon slots available. We are looking for Visitor Engagement Volunteers for Monday or Tuesday and also for our general cover list, covering gaps in our rota. Our Visitor Engagement Volunteer Team are based in the Welcome Centre on our floating Visitor Village and have an essential role to play in providing a warm welcome to all our visitors. This role involves helping our visitors to plan their day and get the most out of their visit. You’ll need to share your enthusiasm for the reserve, our wildlife and our conservation work with our visitors and promote the work of the Wildlife Trust and all that Brockholes has to offer. * Free parking, restaurant & shop discount, 20% discount at Cotswold Outdoors, induction programme, social events. Go to www.brockholes.org to find out more

 

Join Chester National Trust Volunteers for a day. CNTV do voluntary work at NT sites across Cheshire, Marches, Wirral - two days per fortnight. Tuesday & Thursday groups. Previous experience unnecessary, job for everyone, Tools provided, friendly welcome. Contact Brian Payne briansue.payne@btinternet.com

 

We offer volunteering opportunities on nature reserves across North Lancashire, including practical habitat management, education and community work, and biological recording. For more information visit www.lancswt.org.uk/events or contact Steve Ryder on sryder@lancswt.org.uk

 

The National Trust has a variety of roles in ranger and footpath work, conservation and learning projects across various places in the North West. Help us to care for some of Britain’s most stunning and vulnerable landscapes. To find out more, please visit our website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/volunteer

 

Informal volunteer opportunity collecting data on woodlands and lower plants across the Lake District. This is a great way to generate information, meet like-minded people, whilst learning about woodland composition, structure, important habitat features, lichen indicators, woodland threats and management. See the events page for further details www.plantlife.org.uk/events

 

Pendle Hill Volunteers meet every 3rd Wednesday and 1st Sunday of every month. To carry out practical conservation work. To find the next Pendle Volunteer day, please see the calendar on the “Whats On page” https://pendlehillproject.com/whats-on  Email volunteer@pendle-hill-lp.co.uk call 01200 420420 or see the volunteer role via: https://c-js.co.uk/2LWA5XG

 

Help make our events a success! We are looking for volunteers for ASICS Windermere Marathon and many more events throughout the year. Whether you want to marshall, or support a stand, we have something for you. For details, please email Rebecca Brown at rebecca.brown@brathay.org.uk

 

MNTEV members work at National Trust sites in Merseyside and nearby on Sundays about fortnightly, e.g. hedge and tree planting, woodland, heath and footpath maintenance, coastline conservation. Previous experience unnecessary, tools provided, friendly welcome.  Under 18 must be accompanied by adult. Contact John at 0151 6779664, jmh@noc.ac.uk

 

Our charity supports the provision of community gardens and green space projects across the PR postcode. We have lots of great volunteering opportunities from horticultural support in our gardens to social media, marketing and even making the tea. Find out more at www.letsgrowpreston.org or email letsgrowpreston@gmail.com

 

Working with Countryside and Park Rangers learn new conservation skills and help to improve your local environment in Rochdale.  Learn new skills in conservation work such as fencing, footpath management, habitat creation & more.  Helping with events, school visits and educational activities. Training opportunities available including wood crafts, hedgelaying, foraging and id skills. Contact: adam.clayton@rochdale.gov.uk

 

logo: Forestry CommissionCelebrating 100 years of forestry and raising awareness of volunteering

 

Throughout 2019 the Forestry Commission, along with partners, is celebrating 100 years of forestry. Following the passing of the Forestry Act in September 1919, the Forestry Commission was founded to replenish the nation’s timber reserves in the wake of the First World War. We are now England’s largest public landowner, actively managing over 1,500 public forests and woodlands to benefit people, nature and the economy. We deliver internationally renowned research in support of sustainable forestry, and act as the Government’s expert advisors on forestry policy, helping other landowners to protect, improve and expand their forests.

 

We’ve got the staff; do you have the volunteering roles?

As part of the Centenary celebrations, we will be promoting a staff volunteering scheme encouraging Forestry Commission

Forestry Commission volunteers carry out maintenance work (Forestry Commission)

Forestry Commission volunteers carry out maintenance work

(Forestry Commission)

employees to take up their Civil Service paid volunteering days. To inspire our staff to get volunteering, we want to share with them a variety of opportunities – and that’s where we need your help! Please tell us about any volunteering opportunities you have which our staff could take part in. Whether it’s a volunteering task that will take a full day or just a couple of hours, the Forestry Commission staff are ready and waiting to get stuck in! To share your volunteering opportunities or ask any questions, please contact Ellen Devine, Centenary Wellbeing Projects Manager (ellen.devine@forestryengland.uk)

 

Boots to fill

We have volunteering opportunities happening across England, so if you enjoy the outdoors, want to learn new skills, meet new people and want to be part of the Forestry Commission team, visit the website to find your perfect volunteering role https://www.forestryengland.uk/volunteering

 

Spotlight on the forests

The Big Forest Find will be England’s biggest project to record forest wildlife. Whether you’re a seasoned naturalist or budding wildlife enthusiast, volunteer your time to record the rich and varied wildlife found in our forests. The findings you record with the help of experts and the wider public will create a biodiversity dataset that can be built up over time and contribute to the next 100 years of forest management

Sign up to find out when events are taking place in your local forest: https://www.forestryengland.uk/100/big-forest-find

 

Midlands:

 

REF        341-FOCUS-OK8

JOB        VOLUNTARY OFFICER

BE4        N / A

LOC        LEICESTER / NATIONAL FOREST

PAY        Travel expenses, full training provided for trainee leader roles

FOR        THE CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERS

Time: 2+ days per week. A range of posts available for keen people wanting to be involved in conservation - we have opportunities for practical conservation leadership roles including for complete beginners, but also vacancies for back office work e.g. in publicity and social media, funding applications, communications for those with relevant skills.  Get in touch and we will find you a niche!  We are also looking for casual volunteers for our practical work days. Please contact K Thompson at kay.thompson@tcv.org.uk

 

REF        342-FOCUSR-OK8

JOB        SMALL STEPS BIG CHANGES (SSBC) VOLUNTEER

BE4        N / A

LOC        NOTTINGHAM

PAY        Training & travel expenses

FOR        GROUNDWORK GREATER NOTTINGHAM

Assist Family Mentors to deliver the SSBC Family Mentor programme across Bulwell & Aspley. Volunteers will be supporting families to increase their confidence & ability in group activities such as Triple P, Active Play, Stay & Play, Songs & Rhymes, Bump, Birth & Baby, Infant Massage & Cook & Play. Min 2 hours per week Monday to Saturday. Skills / exp: being a parent & / or grandparent; working with children; being supportive; a good listener; developing relationships. For more information contact Richard Owen, Volunteer Co-ordinator, richard.owen@groundworknottingham.org.uk or call 07771 348655.

 

REF        343-FOCUSR-OK8

JOB        CANAL & LOCK MAINTENANCE VOLUNTEER

BE4        N / A

LOC        NOTTINGHAM

PAY        Training & travel costs

FOR        GROUNDWORK GREATER NOTTINGHAM

To support the maintenance & upkeep of the Beeston Lock & Canal. Volunteers will be involved in various activities to help keep a 2km stretch of the Beeston Canal including lock, maintained for boaters, walkers & the local community. Role to include: painting fences, rails, mooring posts & step edges; clearing paths, planting, litter picking vegetation clearing, manual dredging. Volunteers will show a commitment to the aims of GGN & improving outcomes for the environment. You will not be required to have experience, however, it may be useful of you have any experience of: gardening; planting; maintenance. Volunteers will be asked to complete a minimum of 3.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday. For more information please phone 0115 9788212 or email gn@groundworknottingham.org.uk

 

REF        344-FOCUSR-OK8

JOB        CANAL & LOCK MAINTENANCE PROJECT LEADER

BE4        N / A

LOC        NOTTINGHAM

PAY        Training & travel expenses

FOR        GROUNDWORK GREATER NOTTINGHAM

To assist the Volunteer Co-ordinator to facilitate the maintenance & upkeep of a 2 km stretch of the Beeston Canal including lock, maintained for boaters, walkers & the local community. The role includes: contacting potential volunteers; supporting volunteers on the day; co-ordination of activities on site. Volunteer Project Leaders will show a commitment to the aims of GGN & improving outcomes for the environment. You will not be required to have exp, however, it may be useful of you have any experience of: gardening; planting; maintenance; team management. Volunteers will be asked to complete a minimum of 3.5 hpw, Monday to Friday. For more information please phone 0115 9788212 or email gn@groundworknottingham.org.uk

 

REF        T345-FOCUS-OK8

JOB        FREE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY INSTRUCTOR TRAINING PROGRAM

BE4        N / A

LOC        STAFFORDSHIRE, SHROPSHIRE & NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

PAY        £200 per month spending money, training, accommodation & food

FOR        ACUK

Free 12 month training scheme. The Firm Foundations Instructor Training Scheme is run at our 3 ACUK centres: Whitemoor Lakes is our watersports centre in Staffordshire; Pioneer Centre is our outdoor centre set near the Wye Forest in Shropshire; Benham Sports Arena is a busy indoor sports centre in Northamptonshire. We offer various qualifications across the 3 centres. You can earn nationally recognised qualifications from the British Canoe Union, British Fencing Association & many more awards ranging from watersports to climbing, archery to first aid. On top of this you will also receive centre-specific training. 2nd year option available for full salaried position & extra training. ACUK is the wholly owned operating company of registered charity Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs (NAYC). Operating upon a foundation of Christian principles & offering service regardless of race, religion or creed, NAYC has over 50 years’ experience in providing people with opportunities. Open to 18-24 year olds across the UK. www.acuk.net/firm-foundations

 

REF        346-FOCUSR-OK5

JOB        Events Volunteer - Londonthorpe Wood, Belton Estate (Bellmount)

BE4        N / A

LOC        GRANTHAM, LINCOLNSHIRE

PAY        0

FOR        WOODLAND TRUST

In partnership with the National Trust team at Belton House we have exciting plans for Londonthorpe Wood and the eastern side of the Belton Estate, referred to as Bellmount, which will see this natural playground being significantly enhanced to provide wider appeal to existing and new user groups.  In this role you will have the opportunity to utilise your communication and people skills to work alongside other volunteers at events, to engage with the public and support event delivery. You will be using your natural enthusiasm and your passion for nature to help us engage with the public within our project area at Woodland Trust and National Trust events, to encourage people to become engaged with the Woodland Trust and National Trust’s work and to learn more about Bellmount. For further details about this role please visit https://c-js.co.uk/2BaeeI2

 

REF        347-FOCUSR-OK5

JOB        HISTORICAL RESEARCHER – Londonthorpe Wood, Belton Estate

BE4        N / A

LOC        HOME BASED, GRANTHAM, LINCOLNSHIRE

PAY        0

FOR        WOODLAND TRUST

This will be an interesting role where you will be investigating and collecting useful information from existing maps, written, graphic, photographic and electronic records. The investigation may also include site surveying/recording of aspects identified from desk-based research. In particular we would like to collate historical information describing the connection to the Brownlow family era, and the use of the landscape during the first and second world wars. We would like you to produce a simple report by June 2019 detailing the basic findings of the research, including copies of records and maps (where available) and photographs if necessary. This is a home-based role with visits to the site (best suited to someone living within 30 miles of the site). We will also ask you to register as a volunteer with the National Trust for this role. Previous experience in researching historical documents is highly useful and the ability to read maps and historical documents.  Some local knowledge of the area would also be beneficial. For further details: https://c-js.co.uk/2To0Ozo

 

REF        348-FOCUSR-OK5

JOB        GUIDED WALK LEADER – Londonthorpe Wood, Belton Estate

BE4        N / A

LOC        GRANTHAM, LINCOLNSHIRE

PAY        Expenses

FOR        WOODLAND TRUST

Approximately six days across the year. In partnership with the National Trust team at Belton House we have exciting plans for Londonthorpe Wood and the eastern side of the Belton Estate, referred to as Bellmount. In this role you will use your natural enthusiasm, people skills and your passion for nature, history and stories to help us engage with visitors to ensure that they have an exceptional experience during their first and subsequent visits. Through the delivery of your walk you will also deepen our visitor’s awareness of the work of the Woodland Trust/National Trust and the opportunities available to those interested in supporting our work and visiting other Woodland Trust/National Trust sites. We will also ask you to register as a volunteer with the National Trust for this role. This role is best suited to someone living within 30 miles of the site. For further details and to apply, please visit https://c-js.co.uk/2HDDNHd

 

REF        349-FOCUSR-OK5

JOB        Woodland Engagement Volunteer – Public Consultation

BE4        N / A

LOC        GRANTHAM, LINCOLNSHIRE

PAY        0

FOR        WOODLAND TRUST

In partnership with the National Trust team at Belton House we have exciting plans for Londonthorpe Wood and the eastern side of the Belton Estate, referred to as Bellmount, which will see this natural playground being significantly enhanced to provide wider appeal to existing and new user groups.  As a Woodland Engagement Volunteer you will have the opportunity to utilise your communication and people skills to assist with public consultation events and by asking members of the public to participate in completing questionnaires &/or surveys. Further details https://c-js.co.uk/2UuSApf

 

REF        350-FOCUSR-OK5

JOB        Wildlife Monitor - Londonthorpe Wood, Belton Estate (Bellmount)

BE4        N / A

LOC        GRANTHAM, LINCOLNSHIRE

PAY        0

FOR        WOODLAND TRUST

In partnership with the National Trust team at Belton House we have exciting plans for Londonthorpe Wood and the eastern side of the Belton Estate, referred to as Bellmount. Come along and join our amazing team of volunteers and help us to monitor a range of species within Londonthorpe and Bellmount. This will assist us to determine a baseline for species present on the site and enable us to establish whether our work in woodland management and the maintenance of other habitats across the estate is benefiting wildlife in the area. You will visit the site regularly (approximately two hours per week), identifying, recording and monitoring species and ensuring the results are recorded in accordance with set guidelines.  You will have a genuine interest in wildlife conservation and woodlands with the ability to identify different species. For further details about this role please visit https://c-js.co.uk/2DHwOci

 

REF        351-FOCUS-8/3

JOB        DIGITAL MAPPING AND DATA ENTRY VOLUNTEER

BE4        ?

LOC        Warwickshire Biological Records Centre, Warwick, CV34 4SX

PAY        Some travel expenses

FOR        Warwickshire BRC, Warwickshire County Council

Flexible volunteering over an arranged period of weeks, full-time or part-time. Role and responsibilities include: data entry – entering paper records into electronic format (Excel and Recorder 6); mapping – digitising site boundaries in QGIS, validating grid references and plotting species records; data archiving – filing paper records and site files, filing electronic records - helping with data management. Skills needed: an interest in nature conservation and wildlife; familiarity with biological recording would be advantageous but is not essential; willingness to use and develop IT skills; willingness to interpret handwritten field notes. An opportunity to become familiar with biological recording and software packages such as Recorder 6 and QGIS. Find out more from Mariya Tarnavska wbrc@warwickshire.gov.uk

 

REF        352-FOCUSR-1/3

JOB        VOLUNTEER LOCK KEEPER - WOLVERHAMPTON FLIGHT

BE4        1/3/19

LOC        WOLVERHAMPTON, WEST MIDLANDS

PAY        Full training and expenses

FOR        CANAL & RIVER TRUST

1-3 days/week. Lock keepers have been a fixture on Britain’s canals for hundreds of years. As ‘the face of the waterway’, modern-day volunteer lock keepers play an integral part in the visitor experience. Their role is to provide a polite and friendly welcome to waterway visitors, assisting boaters through the locks and helping to maintain the area. It’s a perfect opportunity for those who enjoy working in the outdoors and are perhaps looking for something different to do and want to help support the Canal & River Trust. The key qualities we’re looking for are enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. The role is open to everyone over 18 with at least 1 day a week available. Following appropriate selection, training and induction sessions we expect the role to commence fully around April and run through to October.  Register your interest at https://c-js.co.uk/2TuJatL

 

REF        353-FOCUS-15/3

JOB        BLITHFIELD ESTATE PLACEMENT

BE4        15/3/19

LOC        Blithfield Resevoir, Abbots Bromley Staffordshire

PAY        0

FOR        SOUTH STAFFS WATER

As part of the Blithfield estate team your role will involve practical habitat management, estate work and helping to run the fish farm. The 500 acre estate comprises a mixture of woodland, grassland and freshwater habitats most falling within the SSSI and is managed through the countryside stewardship scheme. Typical duties could include maintaining the trails, fencing, woodland thinning, fish stocking/grading, infrastructure repairs and stakeholder/public liaison. The role involves working outdoors in all weathers and would suit a practical person looking to start a career in the conservation sector. A full driving licence is essential, first aid / chainsaw / brushcutter desirable. Minimum commitment 2 days a week (1 estate / 1 fish farm) for 6 - 12 month placement. Phone 07393 235461 for more details. Email CV to richardwhiting@south-staffs-water.co.uk 

 

REF        354-FOCUS-12/4

JOB        SUMMER INTERNSHIP FOR OUTDOOR EDUCATIONAL CHARITY     

BE4        14/4/19 Interviews by Skype

LOC        WORCESTERSHIRE          

PAY        Training, meals & space to pitch a tent

FOR        GREEN & AWAY                 

5 days a week for 8 weeks. Green & Away is looking for a number of passionate and hardworking individuals to join the summer internship programme across 6 departments: catering, events, hospitality, office management, technical and maintenance, and sustainability and education. Interns will be responsible for the daily operation of their departments, including management of a team of volunteers. Successful applicants for the internship programme will work well as part of a team as well as independently, enjoy taking on new challenges and responsibility and have an interest in sustainability, charity work, ecotourism, and outdoor living. You will gain considerable management experience and learn about the challenges involved in sustainable living and environmental education. Please send applications by email to Daniel at: dan@greenandaway.org

 

REF        355-FOCUS-OK8

JOB        BogLIFE PROJECT VOLUNTARY WARDEN

BE4        Ongoing               

LOC        Fenn’s, Whixall & Bettisfield Mosses NNR, & NNR Base (N Shropshire)

PAY        Travel expenses / Training

FOR        MARCHES MOSSES BOGLIFE PROJECT

Great opportunity to assist with the restoration of Britain’s 3rd largest lowland raised peat bog as part of the Marches Mosses BogLIFE Project. The National Nature Reserve is 690ha & straddles the English / Welsh border, 4 miles from Whitchurch, Shropshire & 10 miles from Wrexham. Role is varied & can include practical estate & habitat management tasks, surveying / monitoring, assisting with events / guided walks & office projects. Protective clothing & some formal courses & in-house training provided. Suitable for a student looking for a work placement or someone wanting to gain further experience in the conservation sector. Reliable & enthusiastic, keen interest in wildlife & conservation, physically fit & prepared to work outdoors.   Apply with Pete Bowyer, Senior Reserve Manager peter.bowyer@naturalengland.org.uk  01948 880362

 

Do you love the outdoors? Enjoy Bushcraft or would like to develop your skills? Are passionate about educating people about nature and wildlife? We would like you to join our team! Tinder Sticks CIC, working on behalf of the Forestry Commission at Fineshade Wood. For more information: admin@tindersticks.org.uk or www.tindersticks.org.uk

 

Lincoln Conservation Group carries out practical nature conservation work in the Lincoln area, helping to sustain the local plant and animal life and having fun at the same time! We provide tools and training. Volunteer days (16 years +) are usually on the first and third Sundays each month. http://www.lincolnconservationgroup.org.uk

 

We run practical conservation volunteer days across Birmingham and the Black Country. We provide tools, equipment and training (and tea and coffee!). Meet new people, learn new skills, enjoy being outdoors and make a difference to greenspaces and wildlife on your doorstep. Details from: http://www.bbcwildlife.org.uk/whats-on; alison.w@bbcwildlife.org.uk or 0121 5230094.

 

Dunsmore volunteers go out almost every Friday throughout the year! Make new friends, get fitter in the fresh air and help to make a positive difference to your local environment. To join our Dunsmore Volunteers or to find out more, contact Thomas Watkins, Project Officer thomas.watkins@wkwt.org.uk

 

We’re looking for enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to join our weekly volunteer group.  Some experience of working in a countryside environment is preferable, but basic training will be provided.  Volunteers with a horticultural background are also welcomed.  For more information about this role, please contact the Senior Ranger on 0300 1265932 brixworth@northamptonshire.gov.uk

 

We're an independent environmental charity working to preserve the River Severn catchment. Help monitor river health by joining 500 people we've already trained to do riverfly surveys, or come along to a volunteering event and help improve your local river! For more info contact: tim.thorpe@severnriverstrust.com 01886 888394 or visit: http://severnriverstrust.com

 

Join us on Saturday 9th March at The Devil's Spittleful Nature Reserve Reserve near Bewdley to find out about practical conservation volunteering in the Northern part of the county.  Ask questions, try your hand, take a walk on the WILD side!  For details, contact Helen volunteer@worcestershirewildlifetrust.org or 01905 754919

 

We are now offering a brand new programme for University Students and Graduates. You will be based at Shropshire Wildlife Trust for 4 weeks during August, to experience real life working within the environmental sector and to broaden your career path routes in your next stage of employment. Find out more: https://shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/placements

 

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JOB        OUTDOOR TEACHING / EVENT ASSISTANT

BE4        Ongoing               

LOC        FINESHADE WOOD, CORBY, PETERBOROUGH

PAY        Travel expenses paid, CPD supported

FOR        TINDER STICKS CIC

One/two days a week. Do you love the outdoors? Enjoy bushcraft or would like to develop your skills? Or are you passionate about educating people about nature and wildlife? We are looking to expand our little team to meet the demand of our customers. Initially we are looking for volunteers with a possibility of paid sessional work within six months. You will begin supporting our instructors with education sessions and events. These are normally on Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the year. We are committed to supporting your development and our goal is for you to be leading sessions for us – which will be paid. Tinder Sticks CIC is a not for profit organisation working on behalf of the Forestry Commission at Fineshade Wood. We deliver under 5's Baby Bushcraft events, KS1 and KS2 education sessions, youth projects and family / adult bushcraft events. For more information contact Alison O'Connor on admin@tindersticks.org.uk or look at www.tindersticks.org.uk

 

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JOB        INDEPENDENT EVENTS TEAM VOLUNTEER

BE4        N / A

LOC        ACROSS NORFOLK

PAY        Training and expenses

FOR        NORFOLK WILDLIFE TRUST

On average one day per month. We are building a team of enthusiastic volunteers with excellent communication skills to represent the Trust at a variety of events throughout Norfolk. You will be supporting NWT and raising awareness of our work by providing friendly face to face contact and distributing information and events leaflets.  For more information about this opportunity please visit the webpage https://c-js.co.uk/2IUbPCv where you will be able to download a role description and an application form or contact Alan Marchbank alanm@norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk or on 01603 598360.

 

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JOB        SHOWING PEOPLE WILDLIFE VOLUNTEER

BE4        N / A

LOC        ACROSS NORFOLK

PAY        Training and expenses

FOR        NORFOLK WILDLIFE TRUST

On average one day per month. We are looking for friendly, outgoing people who have knowledge of and enthusiasm for wildlife and conservation, have good communication skills and are confident in dealing with people of all ages to raise interest in and awareness of Norfolk’s wildlife by showing members of the public / visitors to sites some of Norfolk’s most spectacular wildlife events. These could include Great Crested Grebes’ courtship displays, Marsh Harriers passing food to each other, Swallowtail butterflies emerging, or other wildlife spectacles that you have knowledge of or interest in. For more information please visit the webpage https://c-js.co.uk/2IUbPCv where you will be able to download a role description and an application form or contact Alan Marchbank alanm@norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk 01603 598360

 

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JOB        RSPB RESIDENTIAL VOLUNTEERS VISITOR EXPERIENCE

BE4        End of March

LOC        EASTERN ENGLAND REGION

PAY        Free accom & training

FOR        RSPB

6 - 9 months. We are looking for enthusiastic and committed residential volunteers to join our Visitor Experience teams at three top locations in the East of England. Titchwell Marsh, Frampton March and Strumpshaw Fen would like you to help us deliver a first class visitor experience at these stunning locations. This is an ideal opportunity for anyone wanting to pursue a career or interest in visitor engagement, hospitality or tourism. You will gain practical experience in supporting a range of visitor and education activities both on and off site and learn how to market and promote a leading tourist attraction. You will need a serious interest in wildlife and conservation, and a strong desire to learn. You should be good at working with children and families and show that you can inspire these audiences to connect with Nature. Please see our website for more details at www.rspb.org.uk/residentialvolunteering

 

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JOB        VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT LEARNING & ENGAGEMENT OFFICER

BE4        1/3/19

LOC        Brancaster Activity Centre, Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk, PE31 8BW

PAY        Training, accom & expenses

FOR        NATIONAL TRUST

6 - 12 months on a full time basis. You will be working as part of a team of staff and volunteers to deliver both the schools programme and coastal visitor engagement. Part of the Norfolk Coast outdoor property, Brancaster Activity Centre offers active and engaging outdoor activities to resident schools as well as self-catering accommodation. The role is varied, including helping lead outdoor activities, representing us at events, resource development and helping with the day to day running of the centre. This is a great opportunity to gain experience in outdoor learning, environmental education and visitor engagement with a well-respected organization. A passion for the outdoors and plenty of enthusiasm and motivation. Good communication skills and experience of working with children. A flexible approach and friendly personality.  Excellent customer service and ability to work well as part of a team. This position is subject to DBS check. Please apply at https://tinyurl.com/y77rqk4s

 

Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB 'Conservation Volunteers' from October through to April - roughly 2 work days per month. You work for as long as you wish and at your own pace. Knowledge of landscape, heritage, wildlife and conservation is not essential. Contact Neil Lister on 01394 445218 /07920 577271 or neil.lister@suffolk.gov.uk

 

A small group based in Martlesham that offers woodland conservation volunteer work once per month, and hosts events such as bat walks and moth trapping alongside a nature watch and nature explorers groups for children. Please see our website http://pwcg.onesuffolk.net/ or contact pwcg.martlesham@gmail.com for more details.

 

Volunteer with us on the beautiful Norfolk Broads each Tuesday and/or Thursday to help with a variety of practical tasks. No experience necessary. Will need own transport. Near Norwich. Contact John White 07899 901566 or email john.white@naturalengland.org.uk

 

Join our existing team of dedicated volunteers and help restore rare fen habitat, carr woodland and dry grasslands. Anyone is welcome to join the Little Ouse Headwaters Project. Find out more at http://www.lohp.org.uk or contact our conservation manager Pete Fox on 07919 912 045, email pete.fox@lohp.org.uk

 

The Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) partnered with UK Power Networks (UKPN) are looking for volunteers to participate in a citizen science project regarding the impact of overhead wires on the AONB designated landscape. Training will be provided. Please contact us at dedhamvale.project@suffolk.gov.uk or call us on 01394 445225

 

logo: RSPCA WCVWildlife volunteering on the RSPCA frontline

 

The RSPCA’s 4 wildlife centres provide many interesting and challenging volunteer roles as they strive to rehabilitate and release the mass of wildlife that arrives on their doorsteps each year.

 

Hedgehog (RSPCA)

Hedgehog (RSPCA)

However, despite nearly 52% of all Inspectorate call outs being for wildlife, the Society in all of its 192 year history had never involved volunteers in the work of our Inspectorate. Working directly with the Inspectorate Health and Safety specialist team plus many other stakeholders across the Society, a volunteer role was piloted that would help reduce the amount of time our officers spend on driving to collect sick, injured or orphaned birds in boxes.

 

In its first full year back in 2016, 22 volunteers were recruited in 10 of our Inspectorate group areas. After a selective recruitment process, a day’s face to face classroom training and shadowing members of the Inspectorate, the new recruits were ready to face the public. Initially, the role involved collecting birds up to the size of a gull that were already confined  and taking them to vets and RSPCA approved wildlife centres for treatment, small mammals - rabbits and mice were soon added. Immediately, this had an impact on the groups in which the volunteers were based as it started to save driving time for Field staff enabling them to spend time on more complex incidents and cases. In the first six months WCVs carried out 241 collections saving over 400 hours of Inspectorate time.

 

In 2017 a wider roll-out across nearly all of our Inspectorate groups allowed us to test the concept and to further develop the role and the training. The role works by the volunteer giving their availability on a weekly basis and suitable incidents are tasked to them by our National Control Centre.

 

Peregrine Falcon chick released back to Fort Dunlop (RSPCA)

Peregrine Falcon chick released back to Fort Dunlop (RSPCA)

By the end of 2018 we had recruited over 100 Wildlife Casualty Volunteers (WCVs). Together they handled over 2000 incidents from collecting injured garden birds to delivering a fox trap. Particularly helpful is the readiness of WCVs to help with release or return of rehabilitated wildlife. In mid June 2017 a Peregrine chick was found collapsed at the bottom of Fort Dunlop - the famous Birmingham landmark where Peregrines have been successfully nesting for many years. The chick was ready to be released after a week of rehabilitation at our Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre and, two Birmingham based WCVs transported the chick back to the site. The WCVs met a British Trust for Ornithology ringer who returned the chick back to the nest at the top of the building. The parents not only accepted their chick back but soon started feeding.

 

In the three years the project has been running we have seen a number of our WCVs apply successfully for roles in our Inspectorate. One of these is Justin Disdale from Cambridgeshire.

 

Coot rescued by a WCV (RSPCA)

Coot rescued by a WCV (RSPCA)

Justin was in full-time employment but during his spare time helped out when he could as a WCV. Like all new WCVs he did his initial level training which enabled him to collect injured or sick birds up to the size of a gull and mammals up to the size of a rabbit. Part of the training involved spending a day at East Winch Wildlife Centre and gaining some hands on experience helping out with the essential day to day tasks. Within a short period of being out on the road he saw for himself what a difference the volunteers were making in both freeing up the time of the inspectorate to enable them to carry out their duties more effectively plus improving survival rates of our tasked animals by getting to the incidents quicker.

Justin really wanted to get more involved and his enthusiasm was recognised and rewarded with the chance of more training. Early in 2018 he was given the opportunity of taking part in water awareness and lifejacket training. He says that jumping into Rutland Water on a cold April day was quite an experience and very worthwhile as completing this training meant that he could do swan releases which is a quite magical and rewarding experience.

 

Most of the volunteers in Justin’s group had training to be able to transport larger species too so were able to handle an even more diverse range of animals.

 

The volunteers became a close knit group working as part of the team and really being made

Collared dove (RSPCA)

Collared dove (RSPCA)

 to feel an important part of the Society. The knowledge Justin gained from the Inspectorate and vets at East Winch meant that he was well equipped to apply for an apprentice Animal Collection Officer role within the Society and started his new role in January 2019.

 

Justin sums it up brilliantly. “Being a Wildlife Casualty Volunteer is a great role. If you have an interest in wildlife it gives you the opportunity to get very close to animals and birds that you may have rarely seen and if so from a distance. You quickly gain knowledge about the creatures and their injuries from inspectors and vets, and if there is a chance that an animal can be saved, then transporting them to a wildlife centre for rehabilitation is so rewarding topped only by getting involved with the releases. As well as this you are constantly reminded and thanked by the Inspectorate for the difference you are making to their role, freeing them up to carry out their important work of investigating animal cruelty and abuse, being involved with animal rescues along with a whole host of other duties”.

 

 

There will a recruitment campaign taking place shortly for new WCVs in areas across England and Wales so please keep an eye out on the RSPCA website: www.rspca.org.uk/wildlifecasualty from end of January 2019.

 

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JOB        VOLUNTEER FUNDRAISING OFFICER

BE4        Ongoing

LOC        LITTLEMORE, OXFORD

PAY        Training & limited expenses

FOR        Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

One or two weekdays per week; can be flexible to fit around your life. Last year, BBOWT secured the future for a magical area of farmland alongside the Thames in Oxfordshire. We could only do this with generous donations from individuals and organisations. Assisting our fundraising team to research potential donors or apply for funding, you can help ensure that we have the money needed to protect wildlife in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.  If you enjoy a bit of detective work, feel confident about approaching donors and would love to spend time meeting people at some of our glorious reserves, then this could be the opportunity for you! You will be part of a friendly team, learning about fundraising within a wildlife charity. Access to free meetings, events and training for volunteers. For more information about the role contact fundraising@bbowt.org.uk

 

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JOB        VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY FUNDRAISING CHAMPION

BE4        Ongoing

LOC        In your local area, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire or Oxfordshire

PAY        Training & limited expenses

FOR        Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

Flexible! Give as much or as little time as you can spare. We know that a personal touch goes a long way in persuading people to get involved in causes that are close to their hearts, either through cash donations or getting more actively involved. Get to know your local neighbourhood and use your approachable personality to find locations for collection tins, set up fundraising events or attend local meetings. If you can travel around your local area and would like to bring people together to raise funds for wildlife then we would love to hear from you. BBOWT works to secure a better future for wildlife in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. You will be part of a friendly team, inspiring people to look after wildlife in your local area and gaining valuable fundraising experience. Access to free meetings, events and training for volunteers. For more information about the role contact fundraising@bbowt.org.uk

 

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JOB        BIODIVERSITY ADMIN ASSISTANT

BE4        1/4/19

LOC        CARSHALTON, SUTTON

PAY        Expenses and hot drinks

FOR        SUTTON NATURE CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERS

2 or 3 hours every Tuesday during term time. Help the Biodiversity Team run smoothly by assisting with admin tasks in the office, whilst brushing up on your IT skills. Some computer literacy required, experience of Word, spreadsheets and using the internet to gather information. Contact biodiversity@sutton.gov.uk to find out more

 

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JOB        VISITOR CENTRE VOLUNTEERS AT COLLEGE LAKE

BE4        Ongoing

LOC        COLLEGE LAKE NATURE RESERVE, NEAR TRING

PAY        Training & limited expenses

FOR        Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

Any time, however large or small, during the week, weekends or bank holidays. As soon as visitors arrive at College Lake, we want them to have a memorable and enjoyable visit. As one of our remarkable team of ‘meet and greet’ volunteers, you will help people of all ages and backgrounds to explore, experience and learn about our wonderful wildlife. By communicating the value of nature, we believe people become more inclined to care for their environment and take action to preserve wildlife. If you enjoy meeting people and would like to share your enthusiasm with others then this could be just the role you are looking for. No prior knowledge needed! We will provide you with appropriate training and information. Access to free meetings, events and training for volunteers. Contact collegelake@bbowt.org.uk to find out more.

 

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JOB        ASSISTANT CONSERVATION VOLUNTEER LEADER

BE4        15/3/19

LOC        Farley, near Salisbury, Wiltshire      

PAY        Travel expenses and informal training

FOR        HAZEL HILL TRUST

Gain experience in practical woodland management plus wildlife surveying and monitoring at Hazel Hill Wood, near Salisbury. Learn from experienced conservation professionals and develop your leadership skills. The primary role is to support our Volunteer Conservation Days; other opportunities may arise. Availability on the first Friday of the month plus additional weekend dates throughout the year is highly desirable. 1-4 days per month. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals with a passion for nature and working with adults and children from a variety of backgrounds. Contact Charley on adventures@hazelhill.org.uk or 07905 007021 to arrange an informal chat on the phone followed by a meeting at the wood. www.hazelhill.org.uk 

 

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JOB        FLATFORD WILDLIFE GARDEN WELCOME TEAM MEMBER

BE4        Ongoing

LOC        East Bergholt, Colchester CO7 6UL (Essex/Suffolk border)

PAY        Training & travel expenses, uniform provided             

FOR        RSPB    

1-2 days a month on a flexible basis, or more if you can. April to October. Welcome volunteers needed for 2019 season at Flatford Wildlife Garden! The garden is a haven for nature and wildlife, and we would like you to be part of that, welcoming adults and children to the garden, inspiring them about how to help the natural world around them, and about the work of the RSPB. Other tasks include encouraging visitors to support the work of the RSPB through donations and membership, opening and closing the garden, taking part in family activities during the holidays, fundraising, and some general tasks like topping up bird feeders, watering and keeping paths clear. The garden is open from April until October, and volunteering hours are Mon-Sun 10am to 4:45pm on a flexible half day rota basis. Contact Clare Westley at stourestuary@rspb.org.uk or call the office on 01206 391153 to discuss.

 

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JOB        Volunteer Lock Keeper - Old Ford & Carpenter's Road Locks

BE4        1/3/19 meet ups mid to late March

LOC        RIVER LEE, STRATFORD, LONDON

PAY        Training & expenses

FOR        CANAL & RIVER TRUST

1 - 3 days/week. Lock keepers have been a fixture on Britain’s canals for hundreds of years and are one of the oldest traditions of the waterways. As ‘the face of the waterway’, modern-day volunteer lock keepers play an integral part in the visitor experience. Their role is to provide a polite and friendly welcome to waterway visitors, assisting boaters through the locks and helping to maintain the area. It’s a perfect opportunity for those who enjoy working in the outdoors and are perhaps looking for something different to do and want to help support the Canal & River Trust. The key qualities we’re looking for are enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. Anyone can join as long as you are over the age of 18 and have a day a week available. Following appropriate selection, training and induction sessions we expect the role to commence fully around April and run through to October https://c-js.co.uk/2TwdPH1 

 

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JOB        EXPLORERS EDUCATION VOLUNTEER - NEWBURY

BE4        31/3/19

LOC        Kennet & Avon Canal, Newbury, Berks

PAY        All travel costs will be reimbursed

FOR        CANAL & RIVER TRUST

1 - 2 days/week. This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a creative team, helping children having an enjoyable visit and ensuring we encourage the next generation to take an interest in our canals. We are looking to expand our team of education volunteers in partnership with the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust based at Newbury Wharf. The K&ACT run a trip boat from the wharf and manage a popular café which has space upstairs which could be used to host primary school visits. The role of the Education Volunteer will include leading canal related workshops, guided walks and activities for school groups and making sure that every aspect of a school visit runs smoothly. The role particularly suits people who have experience of working with primary school children. We are particularly interested in working with volunteers with experience of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects.  Find out more at https://c-js.co.uk/2ML66SO

 

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JOB        Volunteer Stock Watcher at Warburg Reserve, Oxfordshire

BE4        Ongoing

LOC        WARBURG RESERVE NEAR HENLEY, OXFORDSHIRE

PAY        Training

FOR        Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

Once a week, or more if you can make it! Exact times can be flexible to fit around your life. At BBOWT, our cows, sheep and ponies are an essential part of our conservation team. They munch their way through invasive scrub and churn up the soil so it makes varied habitat mosaics at a tiny level for nature to inhabit. Their welfare is crucially important so we need to look after this team of intrepid animals whatever the weather. If you are reasonably fit, like being outdoors and are able to make a regular commitment, you can help us with our daily checks to ensure the animals are healthy, watered and well-fed. No prior knowledge needed! We will provide you with appropriate training and information. Access to free meetings, events and training for volunteers. Find out more about how you can become one of our volunteer stock watchers at Warburg from our Warden, Kelly Hedges by emailing kellyhedges@bbowt.org.uk

 

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JOB        CPRE BUCKINGHAMSHIRE TRUSTEE

BE4        1/3/19

LOC        Home based / board meetings are in Monks Risborough

PAY        Expenses

FOR        CPRE BUCKINGHAMSHIRE            

There are 6 board meetings per year. Do you love the Buckinghamshire countryside? Are you a champion for affordable, sustainable housing and transportation - but in the right places? Please consider joining CPRE Buckinghamshire as a trustee. This is an ideal opportunity for people who live in and love Buckinghamshire and want to support our campaigns to support sustainable communities and sensible development and protect the Greenbelt and our beautiful countryside for everyone to enjoy. You will be part of the local branch of a highly regarded, national charity and feel part of a friendly and highly-engaged group. Experience in planning, media or fundraising would be especially appreciated but not required. Contact francesca@cprebucks.org.uk for more a full position description. 

 

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JOB        Wildlife & Environmental Conservation - UK & South Africa

BE4        10/3/19   IV 12/3/19

LOC        SUSSEX (BETWEEN LONDON & BRIGHTON)

PAY        Training

FOR        THE WILDLIFE FOR ALL TRUST

Want to make a difference? The Wildlife For All Trust is looking for young adults who want to use their lives to make a real difference. We’re a charity with a refreshingly different and deeper approach. Amongst other projects, we run a huge nature reserve in South Africa. We train our team members to understand how psychological factors have a huge impact on nature conservation. Our team of experts will provide you with all the necessary training, starting at our nature reserve in the UK. You need to have the spirit of an adventurer, be capable of hard work, and be prepared to psychologically challenge yourself. If so, please see wildlifeforall.org for further details of our interviews in March.

 

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JOB        POLLUTION PATROL VOLUNTEER

BE4        19/3/19

LOC        London Borough of Sutton - 24 Denmark Road, SM5 2JG

PAY        Training

FOR        SOUTH EAST RIVERS TRUST

A couple of hours sporadically when pollution incidents occur. We are recruiting some new volunteers to our Pollution Patrol! Pollution comes in many different forms, all of which can have devastating consequences for riverine species. We are working with the Environment Agency to monitor pollution incidents on the Wandle, Hogsmill and Beverley Brook. Volunteers are trained to attend Category 3 pollution incidents and report back vital information to both orgs. Together it is hoped that we can improve the health of these rivers for wildlife and the local community. The training event will fully explain what the Pollution Patrol scheme is all about; helping to tackle urban pollution on your local river. For more information and to book your tickets: Training on the 1st of March: https://c-js.co.uk/2GagmUo Training on the 19th of March: https://c-js.co.uk/2UF1twp or email: volunteering@southeastriverstrust.org

 

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JOB        TRUSTEE WITH FUNDRAISING AND MARKETING BACKGROUND
BE4        1/3/19

LOC        UPMINSTER

PAY        0

FOR        THAMES CHASE TRUST

Up to half a day a week. The Board are looking for someone who, along with participating as a full Board Member, will be able to offer advice and guidance on Fundraising and Marketing. The Trust needs to recruit a trustee whose background and experience will enable him or her to assist the board. The person that the board of trustees is looking to recruit will have a professional background, be accustomed to managing people and acting as an advocate. The trustees are also hoping to find someone who is interested in the area of work within which the Thames Chase Trust is currently engaged. Contact Mary on mary.wright@thameschase.org.uk 01708 642970 to find out more.

 

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JOB        CHAIR OF TRUSTEES

BE4        1/3/19

LOC        UPMINSTER

PAY        0

FOR        THAMES CHASE TRUST

Up to half a day a week. The Board are looking for a new Chair with skills and experience in landscape management to lead the Trust. Time to steer the team of working trustees, support staff and volunteers in managing the Community Forest Project is essential.   The person that the board of trustees is looking to recruit will have a professional background, be accustomed to managing people and acting as an advocate. The trustees are also hoping to find someone who is interested in the area of work within which the Thames Chase Trust is currently engaged. Contact Mary on mary.wright@thameschase.org.uk 01708 642970 to find out more.

 

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JOB        PUBLICITY AND PROMOTIONS VOLUNTEER

BE4        N/A

LOC        STEYNING

PAY        Training

FOR        STEYNING DOWNLAND SCHEME

A few hours per week. We're looking for someone with a keen interest in the natural world, who also has a flare for social media, writing copy for local publications and editing web sites. Your role will be to champion our promotional work, enabling the SDS to engage more people in their local environment. This is a voluntary role but we offer luxury office space in the beautiful Sussex countryside (wonderful views!) and full training. The Steyning Downland Scheme is a small land management charity with a big heart. We reconnect local people from all walks of life to our unique piece of local downland, benefitting their mind, body and spirit. We create inspiring opportunities for new people to join the community through volunteering, engaging events and inclusive access, so improving this special place for wildlife and for present and future generations to enjoy. For an informal chat, please call Matthew on 01903 817996. To apply, please send your CV to: sds@wistonestate.co.uk

 

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JOB        HEDGEHOG STREET VOLUNTEER

BE4        ?

LOC        BATTERSEA, LONDON

PAY        Travel expenses covered (London only)

FOR        PEOPLE'S TRUST FOR ENDANGERED SPECIES

1 day per week only, 3 months with possible extension. Looking for a part time volunteer to work with the Campaign Manager on the Hedgehog Street campaign.  Role will involve - helping with supporter enquires, writing stories for the campaign and basic website management. Good communication skills need. Proactive and friendly volunteer with interest in environment and wildlife wanted.  Experience with Microsoft Outlook and Wordpress desirable (but not essential). Find out more on https://ptes.org/about-us/vacancies/

 

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JOB        RESIDENTIAL PROJECT VOLUNTEER

BE4        Ongoing, until mid-May 2019

LOC        Various residential activity centres/similar within 2 hrs' of London

PAY        Accom & food

FOR        FREE TO BE KIDS

6 continuous days (on a residential project) in July - August 2019. Can you spare a week to help get particularly disadvantage inner-city London kids out into the countryside for a week this summer? Free to Be Kids work with particularly disadvantaged children (aged 8-14) to help them experience feeling valued, brave, adventurous and successful - often for the first time in a long time. They achieve this principally via taking 'hard to reach' children out of London on residential projects based in natural environments. From torchlit nightwalks through the woods, paddling a canoe across a lake, or roasting marshmallows together under the stars, they need energetic and active volunteers to spend 6 days looking after groups of children during the residentials. No experience needed, but enthusiasm and energy are a must! Time commitment: 1 day's training in London/Oxford; 6 days on a residential during the Easter, Summer or October school holidays. Visit www.freetobekids.org.uk/volunteer to watch our volunteer recruitment video and apply.

 

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JOB        VOLUNTEER RANGERS

BE4        24/2/19 IV 7/3/19

LOC        NEW FOREST

PAY        Volunteer package of benefits and training

FOR        FORESTRY COMMISSION ENGLAND

Average of 2 days per month. Most Volunteer Rangers (VRs) live in or around the New Forest National Park.  Whilst they come from all walks of life, volunteers have one thing in common – a love of the New Forest and the enthusiasm to help in its management and protection. We are seeking self-motivated, adaptable, outgoing local people who are able to communicate with a wide and varied audience. You should enjoy meeting and working with people, providing assistance in a polite and constructive manner. We are looking for team players, but those who are also able to work on their own initiative. While no formal qualifications are required candidates must have a love of the New Forest and an interest in natural history.  Any previous experience of volunteering would be advantageous. This role is open to 18 year olds and above; there is no maximum age limit. Training week: 25th - 29th March. For more information or an application pack contact volunteers.southern@forestryengland.uk

               

REF        379-FOCUSR-OK6

JOB        VOLUNTEER OUTDOOR LEADERS - YOUTH
BE4        Ongoing

LOC        CHATHAM GREEN, CHELMSFORD, ESSEX
PAY        Expenses & training

FOR        WILDERNESS FOUNDATION UK
Volunteer Outdoor Leaders required for our environmental youth programme at our Essex base. Placements include: school visit group leaders (week days), forest school assistants (Saturdays), holiday day camps leaders (school holidays). Time commitment to suit, can be 1 - 5 days per month. Applicants should have: an interest in nature and the outdoors, an approachable and welcoming demeanour suitable for working with children aged 5 - 10yrs, ability to work safely and responsibly with children in the outdoors. Excellent opportunity to engage young people with the natural world, build experience and skills and get some quality outdoor activity for yourself too. Please contact jenna@wildernessfoundation.org.uk 0300 123 3073 for a volunteer form. A DBS will be processed through us, and you will be asked to complete basic child protection training.

 

REF        380-FOCUSR-OK8

JOB        GREEN AIDERS

BE4        N / A

LOC        HERTS, WEST ESSEX, CAMBS & BEDS

PAY        Training & travel

FOR        GROUNDWORK EAST

Want to volunteer outside & help vulnerable residents? Then join Groundwork’s Green Aiders team! Put your skills into action with weekly gardening sessions in gardens across Hertfordshire. Get buckets of exp – two new gardens every time. Free training in gardening & power tool use. All PPE, tools, equipment, lunches & travel costs covered. To book a place, arrange a taster day or for more info Sarah Holloway, 01707 255177 sarah.holloway@groundwork.org.uk www.groundwork.org.uk/east 

 

REF        381-FOCUSR-OK8

JOB        OUR PAST, OUR FUTURE VOLUNTEER

BE4        N / A

LOC        NEW FOREST NATIONAL PARK

PAY        Travel expenses

FOR        NEW FOREST NATIONAL PARK AUTHORITY

The Our Past, Our Future Landscape Partnership Scheme volunteers can take part in archaeological digs, botanical surveys, digitising historical documents, recording the history of commoning, clearing invasive plants, monitoring water quality & much more. The range of activities are supported by 11 different partners to inspire a new generation to champion & care for the New Forest. Volunteers can give as much time as they would like. No previous experience or qualifications required, just a desire & passion to learn about, improve & enjoy the New Forest National Park. Contact Richard Austin, richard.austin@newforestnpa.gov.uk for more details.

 

REF        382-FOCUSR-OK8

JOB        VOLUNTEER EVENTS AND GUIDED WALK ASSISTANTS 

BE4        Ongoing

LOC        FARNHAM & HAZELEY HEATH RSPB RESERVES  

PAY        Training / expenses

FOR        RSPB 

Are you able to inspire people about nature? We are looking for people to chat, help and have fun! We want to make Farnham & Hazeley Heath reserves a wonderful place for everyone. Although we do not have a visitors centre we do attend local activities and are looking for people like you who can bring the personal touch to the world of nature and be able to enthuse people about wildlife and the RSPB locally. Your tasks will be varied but will include: assisting with guided walks; helping to set up, run a small event stand and pack away afterwards; chatting to people about our heathland reserves and the work of the RSPB; assisting with creating promotional work; creating information displays.   This is a seasonal role but we tend to be busier during the spring and summer. Time commitment: At least 1 day per month. Contact: Mary Braddock, RSPB, c/o Rural Life Centre, The Reeds, Tilford, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 2DL, 01252 795632, 07714 271024 mary.braddock@rspb.org.uk  

 

REF        383-FOCUSR-OK8

JOB        HEDGEROW SURVEYORS

BE4        Ongoing

LOC        MAIDSTONE AREA, KENT

PAY        Training and travel expenses

FOR        OLD CHALK NEW DOWNS PROJECT, Kent County Council

We are looking to recruit a small team of dedicated volunteer surveyors to work on a hedgerow survey project.  The survey is part of a bigger Heritage Lottery funded project called Old Chalk New Downs.  The aim of the hedgerow survey is to ground truth a previously completed desktop study of historic hedgerows. The project will be using the “Hedgerow Survey Handbook” which is a nationally agreed methodology for recording the wildlife and cultural significance of hedgerows.  For further information please contact matthew.pitts@kent.gov.uk

 

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JOB        VOLUNTARY RIVER STEWARD

BE4        N / A

LOC        SHEFFIELD

PAY        Training / reasonable travel expenses

FOR        RIVER STEWARDSHIP COMPANY

2 or 3 days per week for around 9 months.  You will assist in the delivery of a variety of waterway maintenance tasks & habitat improvements on Yorkshire’s waterways. Gain exp in tasks incl: felling, coppicing & pollarding trees; habitat creation such as the erection of kingfisher perches & otter holts; invasive species control & litter & debris management within the river channel, banks & riverside footpaths. There will be an opportunity to assist in the delivery of a variety of community engagement activities, such as running practical volunteer days. For further information & to apply please contact Sarah Emberson, 0114 3540012, sarah.emberson@the-rsc.co.uk

 

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JOB        WILDLIFE CARE ASSISTANT

BE4        Ongoing

LOC        SIDLESHAM, WEST SUSSEX

PAY        Training

FOR        BRENT LODGE WILDLIFE HOSPITAL

Animal husbandry, incl feeding, cleaning and provide care to wildlife patients. Assisting staff with other tasks inside the hospital as required. At least once a week. Further information: 01243 641672 enquiries@brentlodge.org

 

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JOB        SWINGBRIDGE COMMUNITY BOAT VOLUNTEERS

BE4        N / A

LOC        SURREY

PAY        Training and expenses

FOR        SURREY CARE TRUST

Surrey Care Trust needs people with all sorts of talents to help run Swingbridge: an aptitude for the practical side of boats, an enthusiasm for environmental work and above all the ability to motivate and enthuse others. A number of our trainees and some of our volunteers need support from others in the team. For more information email info@swingbridge.org.uk

 

REF        387-FOCUSR-OK8

JOB        PARK EXPLORERS VOLUNTEER

BE4        N / A

LOC        NATIONAL TRUST MORDEN HALL PARK

PAY        0

FOR        NATIONAL TRUST

Monday mornings during school term times. Help to lead an innovative programme of weekly activities for children aged from 18 months to 4 years and their parents/carers. Set up for sessions, using and maintaining resources and equipment appropriately, and ensuring that it is returned to its proper storage place after use. Monitor the quality of the work through evaluation and informal feedback. Manage the daily finance of the activities including taking money, recording and following financial procedures. Work with the Learning Assistant and the rest of the team to ensure that all sessions are adequately resourced and staffed in advance. Act as a good ambassador for the National Trust, providing a warm, friendly welcome to all visitors. Learn about Morden Hall Park as a whole so you can tell our visitors about it. To apply for this role, please complete the online application form on the National Trust Volunteering web page, or alternatively contact the Learning Assistant for more details at mordenhallparklearning@nationaltrust.org.uk

 

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JOB        PARKS IN MIND VOLUNTEER

BE4        Ongoing

LOC        BOURNEMOUTH

PAY        Learn new skills

FOR        BOURNEMOUTH PARKS FOUNDATION

Parks in Mind provides fun nature conservation & other outdoor activities in Bournemouth’s beautiful parks to deliver health & wellbeing benefits to the people taking part. The project creates free volunteering opportunities suitable for anyone looking to improve their health, meet new people & learn new skills. The emphasis is on providing a relaxed & friendly atmosphere while taking part in practical & sociable outdoor activities to improve the environment. With a focus on nature conservation, green exercise & other activities, you’ll enhance your own wellbeing while making improvements to local parks for people & wildlife. It also includes elements of nature study, art in the environment, relaxation & confidence building workshops. You choose the activities you want to take part in & work to your own limits. No prior knowledge is required, with the chance to learn from both the project leaders & the other people taking part. Contact: info@bournemouthparksfoundation.org.uk 01202 451513

 

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JOB        SURREY COUNTRYSIDE PARTNERSHIPS VOLUNTARY INTERNSHIPS

BE4        Ongoing

LOC        Caterham (Downlands) &/or Epsom (Lower Mole)*

PAY        Experience

FOR        Surrey Countryside Partnerships (hosted by Surrey County Council)

Gain a wide range of practical conservation experience working to maintain/restore a diverse range of habitats, in particular rare chalk grassland & woodlands. Principally weekdays; we are flexible on duration/days of week. You would be joining in on scheduled task days, gaining essential on-the-job experience learning about targeted countryside/rare habitat management practices; helping to prepare for tasks, carpentry & opportunities to work with our Downlands Partnership grazing service; some formal training (brushcutters etc.) could also be made available. We work closely with volunteers of all ages, plus school & corporate groups so excellent communication skills are required & you need to be able to work confidently as part of a small busy team.  Physically demanding at times and involves working outdoors in all weathers. Full clean driving licence and access to a vehicle essential. An ideal first internship during / post countryside management studies. *but required to work across partnerships' area (principally North / NE Surrey and in to Croydon, Sutton, Kingston). Please email your interest and CV to: countrysidepartnershipsteam@surreycc.gov.uk. Find out more: https://c-js.co.uk/2wttDTU.

 

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JOB        KINGFISHER BARN VOLUNTEER

BE4        Ongoing               

LOC        STOUR VALLEY NATURE RESERVE

PAY        Training

FOR        BOURNEMOUTH PARKS FOUNDATION

An exciting opportunity to support our Visitor Centre at Kingfisher Barn, the gateway to the Stour Valley Nature Reserve. With over 90,000 visitors a year you'll be welcoming people to the Centre, letting them know about the local area & showing them round the Centre exhibition. Can you provide a warm welcome to all visitors, hand out information & make a good cup of tea? Full training given, & don't worry - you don't need to be a 'font of all knowledge' on the area, although some local knowledge would be beneficial. For those with green fingers, there is plenty to be done in the wildlife garden too. Whether you can help with a morning a month or become a regular weekly volunteer, we'd love to hear from you. Contact: info@bournemouthparksfoundation.org.uk 01202 451513

 

Help grow food on our community allotment in Carshalton, South London.  All abilities welcome. We also welcome people who can befriend and support participants with learning difficulties and/or mental health problems. Mondays 1-3pm & Fridays 10.30-12.30.  www.communityallotment.org.uk 020 84041524  

 

An environmental and community charity. Transforming lives and places in the communities we serve. Our strength lies in working in partnership with other organisations, adopting a sustainable and holistic approach, actively involving communities in the regeneration process. Volunteer enquires always welcomed! Tel: 01273 022320     Email: south@groundwork.org.uk Web: www.groundwork.org.uk/Sites/south

 

Formal Gardening Volunteers at Lesnes Abbey Woods will focus on the management of formal gardens including maintenance of flower beds, mulching, pruning, weeding and hedging. Garden Volunteers – Tuesday 10am – 1pm. More info from Ian Holt at: ian.holt@bexley.gov.uk  Phone: 07791 595248 or Fay Smith at: fay.smith@bexley.gov.uk Phone: 07989 135725

 

Conservation Volunteer roles at Lesnes Abbey Woods focus on nature conservation within. Tasks will include heathland, woodland, pond and meadow management alongside wildlife surveying. Woodland conservation volunteers – Wednesday 10am – 4pm. To apply for this position please firstly contact: Ian Holt at: ian.holt@bexley.gov.uk  Phone: 07791 595248 or Fay Smith at: fay.smith@bexley.gov.uk Phone: 07989 135725

 

Tuesday 26 February. Gunpowder Park. Volunteers for Coppice block management. A place must be booked on each task via the Ranger Team on 01992 709880 or email volunteers@leevalleypark.org.uk  before the date of the task.

 

Lesnes Abbey Woods; an ancient woodland with many habitats can offer placements/work experience for students who attend colleges and universities. This can be offered in blocks or weekly. For information contact:  Ian Holt at: ian.holt@bexley.gov.uk  Phone: 07791 595248

 

Habitat management/surveying for rare reptile species on SSSI Lowland heathland sites across the Surrey/Hampshire Weald. We meet every Tuesday at the Witley Centre. Contact: Ralph Connolly ARC Weald Volunteer Coordinator, ARC, Witley Centre, Godalming, Surrey GU8 5QA ralph.connolly@arc-trust.org 07387 261217 www.arc-trust.org

 

Create Woodland in the City, Join Energy Garden. The Energy Garden team has transformed 30 London Overground platforms into thriving gardens and food-growing plots. We are looking for London-based tree surgeons, bee keepers, or those with general gardening/carpentry expertise to support our gardens on a volunteer basis. Please contact info@energygarden.org.uk

 

Enjoy seasonal scrub clearance, path maintenance, woodland management, signage making (carpentry in our Horton Country Park workshop) & pond restoration task days with our great conservation crew. Task days run Tues, Weds and Thurs in North Surrey & Kingston areas. Info: www.lowermoleproject.org.uk; Lower Mole Partnership Facebook; @ExploreSurreyUK; call 01372 743783 

 

As we head towards spring our winter tasks of scrub and woodland clearance work will slowly change to fencing, other maintenance work and even a reptile survey. We work at various sites across Hampshire, please join us somewhere convenient. Phone 023 9232 5570 or see www.hcv.org.uk

 

We run conservation workdays at various nature reserves around the London Borough of Bromley throughout the week undertaking tasks from coppicing and hedge laying to surveying. Contact Andrew Harby, idverde 01689 862815 andrew.harby@idverde.co.uk

 

We are West Kent Downs Countryside Trust, a small registered charity which partly owns and manages the Cuxton and Cobham Woodland for the local community. Help us to conserve the woodland and carry out our Management Plan. First Sunday in the month. Contact Mike Adams at mike@mikeadams12.plus.com

 

Brighton Permaculture Trust - We are a Sussex green charity focusing on permaculture education and have weekly opportunities to help out in orchards/our Permaculture plot, courses and with courses and events. For more information please check out our list of current opportunities here: https://connect.brightonpermaculture.org.uk/volunteer

 

Enjoy seasonal scrub clearance, coppicing, path/step work & pond restoration task days with our great conservation crew. Task days run Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs and 1-2 Sundays/month in NE Surrey, Croydon & Sutton areas. Also voluntary livestock checker/farm helper opportunities. Info: www.downlandsproject.org.uk; Downlands Partnership Facebook; Twitter @ExploreSurreyUK @downygrazers; call 01883 341140. 

 

Second Hand Binoculars Scheme Assistant - St Martins, Bedfordshire. Do you know a thing or two about optical equipment? We are looking for someone to help assist our lead volunteer in inspecting binoculars, telescopes and other optical equipment we receive, 1 day a month at our distribution centre St Martins. Contact: volunteers@rspb.org.uk

 

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust runs the South Cotswold nature reserves volunteer group. Support the management of our nature reserves in and around Minchinhampton Common. This group manages 5 of our nature reserves including Frome Banks, Box Woods & Coaley Peak. The group meets on Thursday from 9:30am-2pm. 01452 383333 volunteering@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk 

 

We are looking for new Visitor Experience Volunteers to join our team at Bedgebury Pinetum and forest – home of the National Conifer Collection.  You will play a key part in providing a warm welcome to our visitors, giving them all the information they need for a memorable visit. Contact bedgebury@forestryengland.uk for details.

 

Join our happy band of volunteers working on habitat improvements/creation. Every Wednesday 10:00 – 16:00 around Ashford, Kent. KSCP provide the tools and transport. Sometimes hard work, but all effort appreciated, also satisfying to be outside achieving something positive together. Get in touch! Tel: 03000 410900 Email stour@kent.gov.uk

 

Bournemouth Parks Foundation is devoted to enhancing Bournemouth’s parks and open spaces for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’d like to volunteer in your local park or support one of our Visitor Centres which are the gateway to our Nature Reserves please contact: info@bournemouthparksfoundation.org.uk or call 01202 451513

 

Become part of Westonbirt's vibrant community of volunteers, helping to protect & enhance our landscape and welcome visitors to The National Arboretum.  Our volunteers carry out varied roles across both collection care and visitor engagement. Visit https://www.forestryengland.uk/westonbirt/volunteering  to view current volunteer opportunities or email volunteer.westonbirt@forestryengland.uk

 

The Thanet Coast offers free training and support for volunteer 'Coastal Wardens/Guardians' to help look after sections of coastline - monitoring activities, wildlife or joining practical tasks from non-native species control, beach cleans, school trips to educational events like 'Seashore Safaris'.  Further information: nekmpa.org.uk   Email: thanet.coast@thanet.gov.uk

 

Come join us for gardening and urban farming at Pop Brixton between 10-11:30am on Thursday mornings! Find more info and signup at https://c-js.co.uk/2B1oaU2 

 

The Colne Valley Landscape Partnership is a Heritage Lottery Funded partnership of wildlife organisations, local authorities and water companies led by community charity Groundwork South. The partnership undertakes a variety of projects for the benefit of local communities, visitors and wildlife. Enquire about volunteering on one of these amazing projects! http://www.colnevalleypark.org.uk/ 

               

We are developing a new community garden at Slade Gardens Adventure Playground in Stockwell. We are looking for volunteers to help with the build over the coming months. The creation of Slade Garden will take place from February till April 2019. For more info email: seed@urbangrowth.london

 

Come join us for some gardening and fruit tree care at the Brixton Orchard a community orchard in central Brixton on Thursdays 1 - 2:30pm.  Get more info and signup at https://c-js.co.uk/2T9KmlU

 

In autumn and winter months we carry out a full programme of practical conservation tasks such as clearing edges of woodland tracks to improve butterfly habitats. You will need to be able to get to and from duty points and be over 18.  To sign up contact us at volunteers.southern@forestryengland.uk

 

Gain experience in various practical woodland management tasks plus surveying and monitoring at Volunteer Conservation Days at Hazel Hill Wood, near Salisbury. Tasks planned for 2019 include ride and glade maintenance, bench creation, glow worm surveys and hedgelaying. Assistant Volunteer Leader role also available. Contact Charley on adventures@hazelhill.org.uk www.hazelhill.org.uk

 

CGNP work parties; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:30am-3:30pm RM16 6RW. Help to conserve and protect your local area, see rare plants and animals. Wear appropriate clothing, steel toe caps if you have them. Bring water and lunch - biscuits and hot drinks are provided. Contact deanw@essexwt.org.uk for more details.

 

Safeguarding Adviser/Consultant. We are looking for a Safeguarding expert/consultant to join and work alongside our Safeguarding Team to help us provide expert advice on all safeguarding matters to our employees and volunteers. You will be helping to further improve and develop our current Safeguarding provision, advice and practices. Home based anywhere in the UK. Contact: volunteers@rspb.org.uk

 

logo: WWT 

Looking to meet new people and learn new skills in an inspiring environment? At WWT Slimbridge we have a range of exciting new roles.  Apply now or join us at one of our open days taking place on Wednesday 13 February and Saturday 2 March from 1-4pm. Find out more: https://c-js.co.uk/2HJB9Qi  Contact email: volunteering@wwt.org.uk


logo: Mendip Hills AONBVolunteering with the Mendip Hills AONB - Events and Publicity Volunteers

 

An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a landscape which is considered so precious that it is

Our AONB trained walk leader volunteers running a guided walk 

(Mendip Hills AONB)

protected for the nation. The criteria for designating an AONB include valuable wildlife, habitats, geology and heritage, as well as scenic views.

 

AONBs and National Parks are designated by Natural England under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act of 1949. AONBs account for 15% of the English Landscape.

 

There are 37 other AONBs within England and Wales with a further 8 found in Northern Ireland. All are designated for their outstanding landscapes, though those landscapes vary greatly from the unenclosed heathlands of Quantock Hills and Dorset to the parklands and grasslands of the Chilterns.

 

Our outreach work with local communities-

inspiring the next generation to preserve and

protect the Hills (Mendip Hills AONB)

The Mendip Hills AONB Service works to conserve and enhance the Mendip Hills. Volunteers are an integral part of this work and without their valuable input and hard work, much of the work carried out by the AONB service could not be done.

Volunteers undertake a wide range of work including practical conservation tasks, wildlife and heritage monitoring, site patrols, community outreach work and much more. Our volunteers are of all ages and backgrounds so if you have time to spare and what to make a difference then get in touch!

 

We’re focusing on our volunteers who support our community outreach work- including events and guided walks. These volunteers act as ambassadors for us- showcasing what makes the AONB so special.

 

What does this volunteer role involve?

These volunteers help with the wide variety of events that the AONB runs or is involved in supporting. This includes guided walks, large family events, festivals and more. This is not your traditional countryside volunteer role- this role focuses on working to inspire local people about the special qualities of the AONB, how they can get involved and why it needs protecting.

 

How does this volunteer role help the AONB?

These volunteers act as ambassadors for the AONB- helping us to reach more local people and visitors to the Hills while providing an inspiring, informative and friendly face. As a very small staff team they help us run more events and outreach and inspire more people to appreciate the Hills and understand our work. 

 

Our outreach work with local communities-

inspiring the next generation to preserve

and protect the Hills (Mendip Hills AONB)

How will this volunteer role benefit you?

This volunteer role would be a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking to gain employment in the community engagement and visitor experience side of the environmental sector- it provides the opportunity to gain experience in organising and running events, working with local communities and external partners such as the National Trust and Wildlife Trusts. This volunteer role is open to anyone over the ages of 18 and provides the opportunity to influence what type of outreach work takes place in the AONB.

 

What do our AONB volunteers have to say?

 

Malcolm

 

I started volunteering just before I retired in preparation for the extra time I would have.  I have also been volunteering for an IT charity for more than 15 years.  I started volunteering to teach others in the use of IT in their everyday life and to help them train for new careers.

 

I have volunteered at many events; Mendip Hills AONB family days on the hills where the rangers help families enjoy the area and give advice on exploring the area.  Also, at the Top of the Gorge events for everyone to get more from their outdoor experiences in mountain biking, walking and running. I have helped with the Mendip Rocks events with The Mendip Society and The Earth Science. These events are set in different locations to promote geological interest.  I have led walks enabling less experienced walkers to see areas that they may not have explored before safe in the knowledge that they are being looked after well and will not get lost!

 

I volunteer at events because I like the different experiences of meeting people who enjoy the Mendip hills and being able to advise and help with their requests.  It is also time to meet other rangers and staff, I have made genuine new friends in volunteering and I value their company and friendship greatly.

 

Royette & Jean

 

The AONBs Young Ranger scheme which has been running for over 10 years (Mendip Hills AONB)

The AONBs Young Ranger scheme which has been running for

over 10 years (Mendip Hills AONB)

Volunteering as an AONB Ranger on Mendip has become a way of life over the past 20+ years and is deeply embedded into our calendar year. Experiences have been many and varied: patrols and litter picking, footpath and dry-stone wall surveys, creating new walks, responsibility for the information stands at Events, marshalling off-road cycle races, working with Young Rangers and engaging with the Public.

 

Whatever the task there is pleasure, pride and privilege in being part of a dedicated team caring for Mendip and that is the reason why we are still here!

 

Want to find out more?

Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Sammy Fraser on sammy@mendiphillsaonb.org.uk  

 

http://www.mendiphillsaonb.org.uk/caring-about-the-aonb/volunteering/

https://www.facebook.com/MendipHillsAONB

https://twitter.com/MendipHillsAONB

https://www.instagram.com/mendiphillsaonb/

 

South West:

 

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JOB        CONSERVATION VOLUNTEER

BE4        Ongoing

LOC        PLYMOUTH & SURROUNDING AREA

PAY        Training

FOR        PLYMOUTH ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION (PEA)

We carry out a variety of projects including: tree planting; beach cleans; species & habitat surveys; wildlife pond creation; hedgelaying; invasive plant species management (e.g. rhododendron, parrotfeather, Himalayan balsam etc.); coppicing (a traditional woodland management technique); dry stone walling, to name but a few! Events each weekend, but no requirement to commit to a certain number of days. You will gain valuable nature conservation skills in countryside management, such as how to create & restore important habitats for wildlife & people. You will also gain other key skills such as communication, team working & leadership. If you are really keen you may want to progress to become a Volunteer Project Officer (VPO) & get more involved ‘behind the scenes’ planning & leading practical projects & social events. You don’t need to have any skills, experience or abilities to join as a volunteer; all you need is a love of the outdoors & be a good team player. Find out more from Chris Bond, plymouthenvironmentalaction@hotmail.co.uk  www.pea-volunteering.co.uk

 

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JOB        RESIDENTIAL VOLUNTEER

BE4        N / A

LOC        MAGDALEN FARM, WINSHAM, CHARD, SOMERSET

PAY        Accom. incl meals & training

FOR        MAGDALEN ENVIRONMENTAL TRUST

A 132 acre organic educational & therapeutic centre that welcomes c. 4,500 visitors of all ages & abilities in a residential & day visit capacity. For the last 25 years we have engaged with & educated visitors using nature & the farming environment as our resource; it is fun, inspirational & innovative. Most of the help required is horticultural. There is also animal care which involves feeding up & putting our lovely poultry to bed! We always have the need for help with conservation & construction such as building wooden bridges. Time: 3 weeks to 2 months. We teach volunteers basic animal care, seasonal horticultural skills & organic vegetable growing. Experience not essential as we can teach you.  As we are in a rural setting & not a community you will need to be fairly self-sufficient & being sociable is really important too. Self-motivated, enthusiastic, committed & willing to get involved.   Contact rebecca@magdalenfarm.org.uk to request a volunteer application pack.

 

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JOB        VOLUNTEER

BE4        N/A

LOC        CORNWALL

PAY        Training

FOR        WILD FUTURES THE MONKEY SANCTUARY

Minimum stay is two weeks & maximum three months. Help clean the monkey enclosures, prepare their food & enrichment. Help with children's workshops & in the café, gardening & help in the day to day running of the sanctuary. No quals or experience required, just a willingness to be involved. More details from Antony Williams volunteers@wildfutures.org

 

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JOB        GARDENING WORK PLACEMENT

BE4        5/4/19

LOC        WINDMILL HILL CITY FARM, BRISTOL

PAY        Travel expenses

FOR        WINDMILL HILL CITY FARM

One day per week for 8 weeks. As part of Bristol Mental Health Employment Service (BMHES) Windmill Hill City Farm is running an 8 week Garden Placement for individuals who have experienced a mental health challenge and are aiming towards employment. The placement covers a range of garden and maintenance activities and gives individuals the opportunity to develop gardening experience. On the placement, participants will maintain and develop community garden areas and learn a range of gardening and site maintenance skills in a working environment. The placement runs every Tuesday for 8 weeks from April 16th to June 4th 2019. Contact: Lizzie Spencer 0117 9471194,  lizzie.spencer@windmillhillcityfarm.org.uk

 

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JOB        EXMOOR VOLUNTEER RANGER 

BE4        1/3/19     IV 13/3/19

LOC        HOLNICOTE ESTATE, EXMOOR    

PAY        Accom & training*              

FOR        NATIONAL TRUST

6 to 12 months. As a member of the ranger team on the stunning 12,500 acre Holnicote Estate you will gain experience in a huge variety of practical conservation skills, assist with the co-ordination and management of local volunteers, help deliver events and wildlife surveys. You will work with a highly experienced ranger team managing a wide variety of habitats from high moorland, ancient oak woodland, mixed woodland, coastal marsh, high cliffs and farmland. *Chainsaw, brush cutting, first aid and off road driving training. Application via email to jack.siviter@nationaltrust.org.uk

 

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JOB        CONSERVATION LEADER X 3

BE4        3/3/19

LOC        PLYMOUTH AND SURROUNDING AREA

PAY        Training & expenses

FOR        PLYMOUTH ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION

Initially for 6 months. A volunteer Conservation Leader position with Plymouth Environmental Action (PEA) could be just the thing you need to kickstart your career!  You will spend your time learning to teach people about the environment and trying a variety of practical conservation skills such as hedgelaying, dry stone walling, and invasive species management as well as improving your wildlife ID expertise. You will gain excellent work experience that will be valued by employers, develop a range of transferable skills such as leadership and team-working, get a free training course such as Small Mammal Ecology or Brushcutter (Lantra), and best of all join a friendly, supportive and enthusiastic team! We are looking for someone who: would like to gain leadership and wildlife conservation skills; can dedicate a minimum of 1 day per month; has a clean driving licence held for at least 2 years. See more info here: http://www.pea-volunteering.co.uk/vacancies/

 

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JOB        Weymouth and Portland Wildlife Centres Voluntary Placement

BE4        5/4/19

LOC        PORTLAND & WEYMOUTH

PAY        Practical experience & training

FOR        DORSET WILDLIFE TRUST

Minimum 12 weeks placement. DWT are seeking enthusiastic individuals to assist at our two popular visitor centres, Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre on Portland and Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre in Weymouth Tasks and duties will include supporting the day to day running of our visitor centres, assisting with school groups, helping with wildlife inspired events and activities and assisting with social media, website and other publicity. There will be opportunities to get involved with other aspects of our work, including practical work parties, wildlife surveys and projects. To apply please email a CV and covering letter to Marc Kativu-Smith at mkativusmith@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk. Check our volunteering opportunities webpage for more information www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk or call Marc on 01305 2016191

 

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JOB        NATURE RESERVE VOLUNTEER

BE4        Ongoing               

LOC        SLAPTON LEY FIELD CENTRE, DEVON

PAY        Lunch

FOR        FIELD STUDIES COUNCIL

1 day a week. Conservation Tasks might include: Clearing vegetation with hand tools, constructing woodland paths and steps, hand pulling invasive plants, constructing fences and stiles. You will need to be physically fit and happy to work out in all weathers. Some experience of using hand tools would be helpful. Find out more from Alice Henderson on 07734 781374, volunteer.sl@field-studies-council.org

 

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JOB        ENGAGEMENT VOLUNTEER

BE4        17/5/19

LOC        SLAPTON LEY FIELD CENTRE, DEVON

PAY        Accom, food and relevant training

FOR        FIELD STUDIES COUNCIL

6 weeks. This role will involve: Observing and assisting with educational events and activities working towards leading events and activities for visitors such as fire lighting, shelter building, pond dipping and bat walks. Engaging with visitors, providing them with information and helping them discover what Slapton Ley has to offer. Assisting the ranger in management of the nature reserve including assisting with various monitoring projects. There may also be an opportunity to carry out your own independent project. Find out more from Alice Henderson on 07734 781374, volunteer.sl@field-studies-council.org

 

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JOB        COMMUNITY CONSERVATION VOLUNTARY PLACEMENT

BE4        28/2/19 IV early March

LOC        URBAN WILDLIFE CENTRE, CORFE MULLEN, DORSET

PAY        0

FOR        DORSET WILDLIFE TRUST

6 months 3/4 days per week from July 2019. This role would also be suitable for a student industrial placement full time.

Dorset Wildlife Trust’s East Dorset Living Landscapes Team delivers conservation and community engagement work across east Dorset and Purbeck.  You will be based at the Urban Wildlife Centre in Corfe Mullen, with some activities at Brownsea Island and Kimmeridge. Own car essential. Tasks will include: assisting at our visitor centres and with community engagement activities; assisting with our work with people with physical/mental health issues; assisting with social media, website and other publicity; helping with campaigns and conservation projects. For more information please click on https://c-js.co.uk/2SAbEoy If interested contact Susanna Holford at sholford@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

 

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JOB        WILDLIFE CARE ASSISTANT         

BE4        N/A

LOC        HIGHBRIDGE, SOMERSET              

PAY        Training provided               

FOR        SECRET WORLD WILDLIFE RESCUE

A minimum of one shift every other week for a period of six months – permanent. We specialise in the rescue, rehabilitation and eventual release of orphaned and injured wild creatures. Run entirely on donations we run a wildlife rescue service in the South West of England. Each year, over 5,000 wild animals are helped by Secret World. Volunteering as a wildlife care assistant is quite physically demanding and requires working indoors and outdoors. It also requires a reasonable level of admin skill to accurately understand and complete animal casualty records. Ideally be able to work independently, with initiative, and be able to follow written and verbal instructions. Tasks involve the handling and capture of animals for assessment and transport, cleaning enclosures to a good hygienic standard, preparation and delivery of food and water, providing enrichment and monitoring the condition and behaviour of the animals. For further information please visit www.secretworld.org/volunteer or contact Claire on 01278 768704 volunteer@secretworld.org

 

Dorset Countryside Volunteers is a charity organising a wide range of weekend tasks throughout Dorset. We help the National Trust, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Heritage Coast, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, and more. Full details are on the website alternatively contact by text or answer-phone message on 07923 498760, or email DCVpublicity@gmail.com http://www.dcv.org.uk

 

Wild Cober Volunteers meet on Thursdays 9.45 – 3.00 pm, a friendly, well-equipped group, established and reliable with a range of ages and backgrounds, male and female in West Cornwall. We work in all weathers, within reason, usually at remote or wild locations and have some transport spaces available. Contact David May 01872 302274 / 07920 216020 david.may@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk

 

Volunteering for young people aged between 14-24 years. Come with us to one of our fantastic reserves, work alongside our regular volunteers and be inspired to Take Action for your local wildlife. As well as gaining new skills and having lots of fun! To book and come along email ourbrightfuture@avonwildlifetrust.org.uk For more information go to https://www.avonwildlifetrust.org.uk/ourbrightfuture

 

You will be working on one of over 30 sites across Oxford City and carrying out vital conservation work to further enhance this cities biodiversity.  Work can include coppicing in semi ancient woodlands, hedge laying to allow greater diversity, hedge planting, as well as a full supply of tea/coffee and biscuits. Contact Carl Whitehead 07801 625245 cwhitehead@oxford.gov.uk

 

EuCAN Dorset Mid-week Volunteers go out every Wednesday and work includes hedgelaying, drystone walling, fencing, heathland restoration, habitat management and invasive species on NNRs and SSSI's within Dorset’s AONB, and occasionally just beyond. We fund brushcutter, chainsaw, and other courses where possible. Find out more on 07763 923545 eucan.dmv@gmail.com http://c-js.co.uk/2r1tFPD

 

Business Support and Office Volunteer at National Trust Fyne Court. Do you love a good spreadsheet and always know where the stapler is? Business Support Volunteers are great at keeping things organized and running smoothly. They are also fab at making callers feel welcome and valued – they are pretty special people. fynecourt@nationaltrust.org.uk

 

Come & explore Burrator Reservoir. There are lots of different volunteering projects to get involved in. These include site maintenance, practical conservation and archaeological preservation projects, monthly bat surveys, assisting with educational visits and family events, or as a visitor guide in the Discovery Centre, plus much more. Please contact Emily Cannon heritage@swlakestrust.org.uk or 01822 855700.

 

Buckinghamshire County Council’s Country Parks Team manages three stunning self-financing Country Parks in South Buckinghamshire.  We run ranger led practical conservation volunteering sessions on Wednesdays in term time and every third Saturday in the month.  To find out more, please call 01753 511060 or email countryparks@buckscc.gov.uk

 

logo: Volunteers WeekVolunteering: a week to remember

 

This year, Volunteers’ Week is in its 35th year. Happening 1 to 7 June, tens of thousands of organisations will be celebrating the millions of volunteers who give their time, skill and passion to their communities.

NCVO Almanac

NCVO Almanac

Volunteering is huge across the UK. One in five people regularly give their time to a club, group or society1. With a huge number of people preferring to give time less regularly or outside of organisations, that figure goes up to more than half of the population getting involved in their communities. That’s huge! Conservation is no different, with hundreds of thousands of people giving their time2. 

 

Mark Fox, a volunteer with Historic England says “I love volunteering for Historic England which has benefited me personally through developing my knowledge of historic West Somerset, enabling me to continue to do something worthwhile despite my disability.” Talking about how he volunteers in the run up to Volunteers’ Week last year3, Mark says “I support Volunteers’ Week and wish it every success in increasing the amount of volunteer time devoted to the many projects covered by the initiative.”

 

Saying thanks

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NCVO recently asked 10,000 people across Great Britain what they thought about volunteering. Those who volunteered were most satisfied if they received some sort of recognition for their efforts. Broadly speaking, people felt recognition from their organisation was most effective4. 

 

That’s why Volunteers’ Week is so important. Happening 1 to 7 June every year, Volunteers’ Week is a time to celebrate all the great things volunteers do. While every week is a great time to thank volunteers, Volunteers’ Week is bigger, bolder and a chance for everyone to celebrate the power of volunteering.

 

If there are volunteers in your organisation, now is the perfect time to plan how you will celebrate. There are loads of free resources and ideas at volunteersweek.org to inspire and help you plan. If you’re on a budget, social media is a great way to publicly say thanks. Fancy doing a little more? Then thank you cards with messages from the boss might be a good way to go. Many organisations hold Volunteers’ Week parties throughout the week too, and ask a VIP to attend.

 

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Get involved in #VolunteersWeek

Whatever you do, remember to shout about it too. Use #VolunteersWeek on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to show what you’re up to as well as see what other organisations are doing to celebrate.

 

The celebration doesn’t stop after Volunteers’ Week. People give their time all year round. The resources available at volunteersweek.org can be used any time if the year. For the 12 million people giving their time regularly to good causes, the least we can do is say thanks.

Have you been inspired to volunteer yourself? Check out the Volunteers’ Week website for more stories from volunteers as well as ways to get involved.

 

Notes:

1.         Volunteers’ Week is a time to say thank you for the fantastic contribution volunteers make.

2.         During the week, hundreds of events and celebrations take place across the country, saying thank you to volunteers and recognising their invaluable and diverse contribution to the UK.

3.         On the Volunteers’ Week website, you’ll find inspiring volunteering stories, ways to get involved in the week, and free downloadable resources to help make your celebrations a success.

4.         The campaign was established in 1984 by Volunteering England, which merged with NCVO in 2013. NCVO now leads this UK-wide campaign.

5.         Shaun is volunteering development manager at NCVO, overseeing strategy for the development of volunteering and volunteer management good practice. He joined NCVO following five years as head of volunteering at Samaritans, leading the involvement of 20,000 volunteers across the UK and Republic of Ireland. Before that he was with Volunteer Centre Greenwich supporting 300+ member organising to involve volunteers and Olympic/Paralympic related programmes including Team London Ambassadors. He is currently a vice chair of Greater London Volunteering and recently completed research on how the psychological contract applies to volunteer management.

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Footnotes:

1              NCVO Almanac. https://data.ncvo.org.uk/a/almanac18/volunteering-overview-2015-16/  

2              Getting Involved, NCVO.  https://c-js.co.uk/2ScDpEj

3              https://c-js.co.uk/2G6Mw3b  

4              Time Well Spent, NCVO. http://www.ncvo.org.uk/timewellspent

 

International:

 

Volunteer in Mozambique on our marine conservation programs! Help with research and community outreach. We do humpback whale, coral reef, fisheries, megafauna and trash research. Get hands-on marine biology experience! Love The Oceans is a non-profit marine conservation organisation. Our mission: Establish a local MPA. Email info@lovetheoceans.org or visit: https://lovetheoceans.org/join-us/

 

REF        FHOL-FOCUS-OK8

TITLE     CONSERVATION PROGRAMME

DATE     Start January, April, July & October

BASE     SAINTE LUCE, MADAGASCAR

COST     2 wks: £795, 4 wks: £1395, 6 wks: £1795, 8 wks: £2195, 10 wks: £2495

WITH      SEED MADAGASCAR

Our conservation programme is based in the beautiful coastal region of Sainte Luce, surrounded by extremely rare & threatened fragments of littoral (coastal) forest. You will combine hands-on conservation fieldwork on endangered species incl lemurs, reptiles & amphibians, with community initiatives & environmental education.  The southern littoral forest in Sainte Luce is one of only three significant areas of this forest type remaining in Madagascar, having been reduced by over 90%. As the forest has both high biodiversity & a heavily reliant local population, the SEED Madagascar Conservation Research Programme works to integrate scientific research with community conservation to build knowledge & capacity for sustainable conservation efforts.  Currently research focuses on biodiversity, collecting data about species present, their distribution, density, behaviour & habitats. The data is then used to better manage forests, support the local community & protect the species concerned. Volunteers also run environmental education classes for local children. Find out more https://c-js.co.uk/2RVIInr or info@seedmadagascar.org

 

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JOB        VOLUNTEER ON A TROPICAL ORGANIC FARM

BE4        Ongoing

LOC        GRENADA, CARIBBEAN

PAY        Work exchange*

FOR        GARDEN OF EDEN, GRENADA

Garden of Eden: where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean Sea - B&B in Main House (closed), cottages, organic garden & secluded beach. Originally a seaside resort, neglected for several years. Jason & I are doing our best to maintain the property. Volunteers - experienced, independent, mature, responsible, hard-working required for 1 month, hopefully longer. Plumbing / electrical know-how a great asset. *Work exchange for accommodation & 2 meals - mornings 6:30 - 12:30, 5 days week. Duties incl garden work, preparing soil, compost, harvesting, weeding, new garden plots, building, maintenance, repairs. Clear land for cocoa, nutmeg & soursop at rainforest property. Share with domestic chores. Accommodation is a cottage with private veranda overlooking the sea & comfortable king-size bed. No electricity or running water in cottage but equipped with bathroom. Rain water is stored in drums outside the cottage (bathing & flushing). Bring candles & flashlight, battery lamp for reading. Email lauraingrenada@gmail.com The island of Grenada is truly a tropical paradise…

 

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JOB        VOLUNTEER PRIMATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

BE4        Dates throughout the year

LOC        Lajuma Reserve, Soutpansberg Mountains, South Africa

PAY        Training

FOR        PRIMATE AND PREDATOR PROJECT

Minimum of 6 months. The majority of your time will involve working with samango and vervet monkeys. You will spend lots of time out in the field, alongside an experienced and passionate team of field biologists, and it’s likely that you’ll be involved in tasks such as: behavioural observations of habituated primates through full day follows and collection of standardized behavioural and demographic data from our study troops; experimental titrations of predation risk based on giving-up densities or predator detection experiments using predator models; habituation of new groups, sometimes tracking via VHF receivers to maintain contact; phenological transects and vegetation plots to estimate primate food availability; general data entry; assisting PhD students based at PPP with their data collection as required. We are looking for someone who is passionate, reliable, responsible, self motivated and enjoys working as part of a team. A biology / zoology / ecology background would be preferential. Email: primate.predator@durham.ac.uk

 

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TITLE     COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

DATE     Start January, April, July & October

BASE     SAINTE LUCE & FORT DAUPHIN, MADAGASCAR

COST     4 wks: £1395, 6 wks:£1595, 8 wks: £1795, 10 wks: £1995

WITH      SEED MADAGASCAR

A Community Development expedition combines elements of conservation, construction, community work & education - but that’s not all it takes to run a charity in stunning south east Madagascar! That's why you'll join us in our offices in Fort Dauphin to gain crucial exp into the workings of a conservation & development NGO.  You'll be getting involved where it really matters, allowing you to make a real impact in one of the most overlooked regions of Madagascar. Your expedition day could incl building & repairing schools & latrines, making furniture for classrooms, delivering health & environmental education sessions, conducting conservation research, or writing blogs to tell our donors & supporters about the difference we're making together!  An expedition can be part of a gap year, provide a break from boring everyday life at home or prepare you for a new career in the development, education or conservation sectors! Find out more https://c-js.co.uk/2CaoIrY or info@seedmadagascar.org

 

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JOB        ANIMAL HUSBANDRY INTERNSHIP            

BE4        ?

LOC        COSTA RICA, CENTRAL AMERICA

PAY        The intern receives free accommodation and meals

FOR        VOLUNTEER LATIN AMERICA       

This project is looking for long-term interns to help with the daily feeding and care of many animals, including sloths and macaws. Duties range from providing enrichment for the animals to training new volunteers. Interns are provided with a unique experience and will gain an in-depth understanding of wildlife rescue and rehabilitation work. Interns work 5 days per week from 7am to 3pm. Students seeking to earn credit with their university are welcome. A full project description is provided on the Volunteer Abroad section of our website, including contact details and web address. www.volunteerlatinamerica.com

 

Key:        REF        CJS reference no. (advert number – source – delete date)                          JOB        Title

BE4        Application closing date IV = Interview date                                                  LOC        Location

PAY        £ range - usually per annum (but check starting point)                                   FOR        Employer

Main text usually includes: Description of Job, Person Spec / Requirements and How to apply or obtain more information

CJS Suggestions: Please check the main text to ensure that you have all of the required qualifications / experience before you apply.  Contact ONLY the person, email, number or address given use links to a job description / more information, if an SAE is required double check you use the correct stamps. If you're sending a CV by email name the file with YOUR name not just CV.doc

 

PLEASE REMEMBER to DOUBLE CHECK the BE4 (closing date) of the vacancies.  

And please contact only the person, telephone number, email address given.

This CJS Focus was published on 11/2/19.

 

The CJS Team would like to thank everyone who has contributed adverts, articles and information for this CJS Focus publication. 

Next edition will feature Recreation & Outdoor Education, published 20 May 2019

 

 


Advance Notice

We're already working on the next edition which will feature Recreation and Outdoor Education and is due for publication on 20 May. If you have any suggestions or have a service / product you'd like advertise please contact contact Amy.

 

CJS Announcements and articles of interest.

CJS 25 years logo 

CJS 25 year anniversary, birthday wishes from CMA.

Countryside Management AssociationFollowing many years of successful, collaborative working, many congratulations to all the team at CJS for such a fabulous job! The CMA immensely values all the services offered by CJS especially the very fast and efficient services promoting vacancies, volunteer opportunities and the exceptionally helpful, wide-ranging information, on a myriad of topics, in the regular editions of CJS Focus. The latter offers key facts, lots of opportunities and genuine encouragement to the broad audience of those interested in countryside management. The services offered by CJS are held in great esteem by CMA members and long may our close relationship continue. Well done for 25 years of excellent work! 

Linda Nunn

Chairman, Countryside Management Association (CMA)

  

logo: HighGroundMore birthday wishes from HighGround

We have been subscribers to CJS for nearly 2 years – I wish I’d found them sooner..!!

HighGround is a charity I started in 2013.

Our Mission is to Improve the wellbeing and employment prospects of serving personnel and veterans using the green environment.

We do this is 2 ways – by providing the Horticultural Therapy service for injured serving personnel at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Stanford Hall and, for those still serving and veterans who know they don’t want to work in an office but not quite sure what they want to do, we provide advice and support about opportunities in the land-based sector, with Rural Weeks at the core.

Long before they are ready to search for a job, we help them to look beyond their military identity and consider their transferable skills. Being able to direct them to CJS’s jobs board is a fantastic way for them to see that there are so many roles which they are ideally suited to – some even involve wearing camouflage…..!

I think CJS is a terrific organisation which punches well above its weight. Happy Anniversary and here’s to the next quarter century!

www.highground-uk.org 

Anna Baker Cresswell  @HighGroundBoss

 

Birthday PresentThis month's Birthday Gift Giveaway!

We have a tin of seedballs for you.

"What are seedballs?"  I hear you ask.

Put simply a ball of seeds held together in a clay mix.

Each seed ball contains a mini ecosystem: seeds are mixed with clay, peat-free compost and a smidgen of chilli powder, and rolled into a small ball. Each ball is approximately 1cm in diameter, making them super easy to scatter.

seedball single species tinsThe dried clay acts as a protective casing from common seed predators (such as ants, mice and birds). When sufficient rain permeates the clay, the seeds inside begin to germinate - helped along by the nutrients and minerals contained within the balls. The chilli powder continues to deter predators while the seed ball slowly degrades and the seeds sprout.

To have set of the new single species tins (poppy, oxeye daisy and cornflower) to give away.

Find out more, order some right now or perhaps a kit to make your own: https://www.seedball.co.uk/

How do you win our birthday seedballs?  Simply send us your name and email address (use the form here) and at the end of the month (this one closes on 8 March) we'll pull the names of the lucky winners out of a hat (OK, use a random number generator but you get the gist!).

We also have a late extra! Sussex Wildlife Trust have very kndly sent us a calendar filled with lovely pictures of Sussex wildlife.

Sussex Wildlife Trust is the county Wildlife Trust for Sussex, they are the conservation charity for everyone who cares about nature in Sussex. We focus on protecting the wonderfully rich natural life that is found across our towns, countryside and coast.

By working alongside local people we create opportunities for us all to connect with nature, and for nature to thrive in even the most unlikely places. Together we can make sure that future generations living in Sussex will be able to enjoy the sense of wonder and well-being that nature offers.

Together we can make Sussex life richer. Find out more.

You'll need to quick on this one, we'll draw the winner on Friday 22 February. Send us your details here.

 

All our birthday wishes can be read here.


 

logo: Countryside-Careers.ComCJS is pleased to say that (at last) Countryside-Careers.Com our CV listing site is live. 

 

It's been updated, streamlined and now has a section for Freelancers to showcase their talents and advertise their availability.  And for recruiters there is an improved search facility allowing you to filter candidates by skills, qualifications, location, type of work sought or just to browse through the profiles.

It's not a recruitment agency it's more like a Jobs Wanted page - but for the internet.  Candidates and Freelancers build a profile, indicate what they're looking for in terms of job type, location etc. and finally have the option to upload a full CV.  All of these details are searchable by potential employers who can then contact the jobseekers. You have a choice of either letting employers registered with the site see your contact details or getting their details sent to you for you to contact them.

As ever with CJS projects it's all free although in the future that might change for employers and recruiters.  Your information is safe too, the website is on a secure server (look for the little green padlock in the address bar) and is covered by our Data Protection policies which are GDPR compliant and contact details can only be seen or requested by employers registered on the site.

Have a look here and then brush up your CV (a nice article on applications and interview skills is here) upload your details, cross your fingers and wait for your perfect job to land in your in box!

 

Important Reminder: you should never be asked for money to get a job or in the possibility of employment.

 

So what are you waiting for? 

Open the door to possibilities and make tracks across to Countryside-Careers.Com  

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News.

We collate together news from across the internet; sent out in real time via twitter and each day we pick a handful of stories of interest which are included on the Headlines page, the daily email update and here grouped according to subject.

 

Click on the headline to read more.

 

Use / shuffle these as required, they are already bookmarked.

NB if you add any add the bookmark, it's on the full stop at the end of the header.

I find it easier to set the news and then swap the headers for the bookmarked one.

 

Government Policy and Annoucements  

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

WWF Welcomes Call by Sir David Attenborough for Global Environmental Action - WWF

WWF ambassador calls on global leaders to take action to protect the natural world in conversation with HRH Duke of Cambridge on-stage at the 2019 World Economic Forum

WWF welcomes today’s call from Sir David Attenborough, made in conversation with the Duke of Cambridge, in which he urged political and business leaders to protect the natural world. His call reinforces the urgent need expressed by WWF and other organizations for a new deal for nature and people in 2020 – an agreement which would aim to halt and reverse the loss of nature, and protect our planet.
WWF ambassador Sir David Attenborough joined the Duke of Cambridge in a conversation on-stage at WEF 2019, after Sir David was presented with the WEF Crystal Award on the opening evening. They discussed Sir David’s decades of work, from his first ever documentary series sixty years ago to his upcoming Netflix Original Documentary series Our Planet, which will be released on 5th April. The pair also watched a short clip about the impact of climate change on the Arctic from the series. The ground-breaking, eight-part series has been created in collaboration with Silverback Films, and WWF, and will showcase the planet's most precious species and fragile habitats.
Sir David spoke of his lifelong ambition to create societal affinity with the natural world through his work, and the need now for this affinity to translate into real, collective action to protect our planet. The pair discussed the urgent, environmental challenges that our generation is currently faced with, and the opportunities for global leaders and citizens to tackle them – before it’s too late.
Sir David Attenborough said: “We have to recognize that every breath of air we take, every mouthful of food we take comes from the natural world. And that if we damage the natural world, we damage ourselves…We have the power. We have the knowledge to actually live in harmony with nature.”

 

Land and Countryside Management.

New study shows nationally important New Forest wildlife sites under pressure - New Forest National Park

A new study calculates that the New Forest now has over 15 million recreational visitor days each year – up 12% from the last study in 2004.

This means there are more visitor days per square mile of protected conservation area than any other English national park.

The visitor research by RJS Associates was commissioned by the National Park Authority and its partners*. It predicts that by 2037 there will be over 17 million recreational visitor days a year to the National Park.

Over half (56%) of the New Forest National Park is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) – areas which are protected because of their rare habitats and wildlife. This is a higher proportion than all the nine other English national parks (the next highest is the Peak District at 35%). The new visitor calculations therefore equate to an average of 39,000 visitor days a year per square mile of protected habitat.

New Forest National Park Authority Chairman Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre said: ‘I think people will be surprised to read just how much pressure the New Forest is under and the huge number of visits to these protected habitats. There are important health and economic benefits to this recreational activity. The New Forest is also home to some of the UK’s and Europe’s rarest wildlife species and habitats. This is why all the organisations responsible for caring for this precious area are working together to manage it for both people and wildlife. This new study will help inform future decisions.’ 

Further survey work is currently under way, with thousands of people being interviewed about how they use the New Forest for recreation.

Download the study and comparisons with other English National Parks.

 

Strengthened protection for Poole Harbour's unique range of wildlife – Natural England

The extension of the Poole Harbour Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) will see a further 1,800 hectares (ha) of land and sea brought within the site to help protect the entire harbour - an increase of 40 per cent.

Poole Harbour from Arne (Credit: Sue Macpherson ARPS)Poole Harbour from Arne (Credit: Sue Macpherson ARPS)

One of the country’s best-loved coasts will be better protected following the expansion of a major wildlife protection area in Dorset.

Natural England has confirmed the extension of the Poole Harbour Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The move will see a further 1,800 hectares (ha) of land and sea brought within the site to help protect the entire harbour - an increase of 40 per cent. It is the first SSSI specifically to include subtidal areas, which will protect the feeding areas of internationally important tern populations.

The beautiful Poole Harbour is a magnet for both people and wildlife.

Environment Secretary, Michael Gove said: “Part of Thomas Hardy’s Wessex landscape, this protection of a large part of Poole Harbour will continue to ensure that generations to come can enjoy the Dorset coast. Through this action, Natural England is making a vital contribution to our nation’s cultural and environmental heritage. Our 25 Year Environment Plan includes a commitment to develop a Nature Recovery Network to protect and restore wildlife. Improving our protected areas will play an important role as we develop this network and work to realise our ambition to become the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than we found it.”

This SSSI extension connects to a wide network of important habitats. The Dorset Heaths are one of the best examples of lowland heath in the world and Poole Harbour opens out onto outstanding marine habitat protected under the Bluebelt programme, including Poole Rocks Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ), and Studland Bay proposed MCZ.

 

Nature and people to benefit from a £2.6 million environmental project in West Yorkshire – National Trust

Work has started on a two year £2.6 million natural flood management project in West Yorkshire led by the National Trust to help protect homes and nurture wildlife Hardcastle Crags, West Yorkshire (National Trust Images)devastated by the Boxing Day floods of 2015.

Hardcastle Crags, West Yorkshire (National Trust Images)

The aim is to reduce the risk of flooding to over 3,000 homes and businesses in Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, Marsden and surrounding areas.  

Taking learnings from the conservation charity’s success with a similar scheme at the Holnicote Estate in Somerset, this will be one of the biggest investments of its kind to date in England.

The work at Hardcastle Crags and Wessenden Valley, part of Marsden Moor, both cared for by the National Trust; and Gorpley Reservoir, looked after by Yorkshire Water and the Woodland Trust; will use a combination of natural interventions to slow the flow of water along the Colne and Calder river catchments. 

With £1.3 million growth deal funding from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and £1.3 million either in funds or in-kind support from other partners including The Forestry Commission, Moors For The Future partnership, Environment Agency, Woodland Trust, Yorkshire Water, Calderdale Council and other community groups, plans include the planting of 151 hectares of new woodland at Gorpley Reservoir and in the Wessenden Valley, the restoration of 85 hectares of peat bogs, heath and Molinia (moor grass) and the construction of over 650 “leaky dams”.  

Over 3,000 metres of fascines (bundles of brushwood) will also be dug in to help stabilise stream banks and slopes, and new areas of land will be fenced for sustainable grazing by sheep and cattle.

All partners have been working together as part of the White Rose Forest Partnership.  New woodlands planted will help grow the White Rose Forest, part of the new Northern Forest. 

 

New environmental scorecards reveal good news but gaps in water company five-year plans – Wildlife & Countryside Link

Blueprint for Water publishes environment assessments of water companies' PR19 business plans.

New scorecards, analysing how successful water company plans for the next five years are likely to be in protecting and improving the environment, have been published today (Tues 29 Jan) by Blueprint for Water, part of the Wildlife and Countryside Link nature coalition. This environmental review of the firms’ plans comes just days before OFWAT publish their Initial Assessment of the Business Plans on 31 January 2019.

The scorecards, and the detailed analysis behind them, reveal a mixed picture in terms of environmental ambition and commitment in the business plans published by England’s water companies in September 2018. Blueprint for Water says they have seen a ‘positive step change in environmental ambition from the water sector’ in this planning cycle compared to the previous PR14 business plans. However, despite progress by the water sector, the analysis has highlighted key areas which need action from companies; including:

  • factoring the value of natural capital into all water companies’ planning and decision making by PR24;
  • going further to ensure significant pollution incidents do not occur, including better monitoring and self-reporting;
  • greater efforts to incentivise customers to reduce their water consumption;
  • a much stronger public voice from water companies on policy issues that affect the interests of their customers and the environment they depend on to operate

The review of the companies’ main business plans revealed that, of the water-and-sewerage companies, Northumbrian Water, South West Water, and Anglian Water best meet the environmental benchmarks set by the NGOs. Northumbrian Water, South West Water and Southern Water do best in terms of their ambition on those common commitments required by OFWAT that are most relevant to the environment. Southern Water and Wessex Water have the greatest number and coverage of bespoke performance commitments relevant to the environmental measures set-out by the coalition.

 

Canna and Sanday map out the future - National Trust for Scotland 

The inner Hebridean islands of Canna and Sanday have emerged as world leaders in the application of digital mapping technology. 

Owned by conservation charity the National Trust for Scotland, they are now the subject of the most detailed mapping exercise ever undertaken of any islands anywhere on the planet. 

With project funding generously donated by its Members’ Centres in London, Argyll and Angus, the Trust commissioned Glasgow-based GeoGeo to carry out a drone survey of the island in November 2018 using an ultra-high definition camera with the aim of pinning down the exact locations of archaeological features.  The drone not only achieved this but also revealed hitherto unknown archaeology. 

The images have been processed to create a minutely detailed 3-D map of Canna and Sanday, which is even capable of being used in a 3-D printer to create scale models of the islands.

Derek Alexander, the National Trust for Scotland’s Head of Archaeology said: “We’ve previously recorded archaeology on Canna and Sanday which proves that there were inhabitants as far back as the Neolithic but this survey gives us information and detail we just haven’t had until now. We’ve been able to obtain exact plots of known sites but also recorded the extensive traces of cultivation, such as rig and furrow field systems that range in from the Bronze Age onwards.  At its peak in the 19th century, agriculture on Canna and Sanday was capable of supporting a population of 400. The detail is simply astounding – aerial surveys for archaeology have been around since the end of World War Two but this new technology takes everything into a completely new realm, being considerably more detailed, affordable and flexible. My colleagues in the Trust were blown away by the results and the possibilities of this technology – the cameras allied to ‘self-learning’ software will be able to help us do things like seabird counts, as well as habitat and coastal erosion monitoring that are currently expensive and labour-intensive.” 

 

Rising to the challenge - ancient hillforts and wildlife to be given new lease of life - National Trust

Thirteen majestic iron age hillforts and 332 hectares (820 acres) of their surrounding landscape across Dorset and Wiltshire are to be given a new lease of life as part of a generous award of £800k made to the National Trust by Postcode Earth Trust, raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The £800k award will be used to fund two other National Trust conservation projects, along with continuing support for Heritage Open Days.

The £100k project will help protect all 13 Scheduled Monuments, dating from over 2,000 years ago, which are of national importance not just for their archaeology, but for their diverse fragile habitats which are homes to threatened butterfly species including the brilliantly coloured Adonis blue, the small Duke of Burgundy and the orange, yellow and brown chequered marsh fritillary.

The unusual sites include Hambledon Hill and Hod Hill in Dorset date from 5,500 to 2,000 years ago. At Hambledon an iron-age hillfort was built on the main hill.  The defences can still be seen today and together with its three ramparts encircling the hill is one of the most impressive archaeological earthworks in southern England. 

The work to be carried out ranges from erosion repairs to paths and ramparts to improving fencing so that cattle can graze in the summer and sheep during the winter.  Volunteers will help with ragwort removal in the summer months, and there will be green hay spreading at some sites to enhance the diversity of wildflower populations.

 

Forestry and Woodland 

Report heralds major changes to NRW timber ops - Natural Resources Wales

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is making major changes to its commercial timber operations after publication of an independent report.

NRW called in experts, Grant Thornton, to review its processes and procedures after its accounts were “qualified” for three years running by the Wales Audit Office.  Grant Thornton’s report, published today (Monday 4 February) comes after a wide-ranging analysis of NRW’s commercial timber operations.  The report is available online and senior NRW executives will discuss the report at The National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee on Monday 11 February. 

NRW says that it is already making improvements such as a reorganisation at senior level and establishing new standards for timber sales and training staff to achieve them.  Its project to make improvements is being steered at the highest level by NRW’s Chair, aided by three Board members. It also wants to improve its relationship with the timber industry. 

Access the: Governance of timber sales - The Grant Thornton Report

 

New Forestry Strategy sets out long term vision - Forestry Commission Scotland

Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy, Fergus Ewing, today launched a new Strategy that will help to secure the long-term success and sustainability of Scotland’s forestry sector.

Scotland’s Forestry Strategy sets out the government’s approach over the next 10 years to expand, protect and enhance Scotland’s forests and woodlands.

The strategy seeks to deliver greater economic, social and environmental benefits for current and future generations.

Developed in full consultation with a broad range of organisations, it has three 10-year objectives for Scotland’s forests and woodlands:

  • to increase their contribution of forests and woodlands to Scotland’s sustainable and inclusive economic growth;
  • to improve their resilience and contribution to a healthy and high quality environment; and
  • to increase their use to enable more people to improve their health, well-being and life chances. An implementation, monitoring and reporting Framework will be developed to co-ordinate delivery and measure progress in implementing the new Strategy. A national stakeholder group will also be established to advise on and support the delivery of the Strategy.

The Strategy is a key element of the new, fully devolved arrangements for forestry in Scotland underpinned by the 2018 Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Act, the first forestry Act passed by the Scottish Parliament.

Read the Scotland’s Forestry Strategy here

 Woodland Wildlife Toolkit

Woodland Wildlife Toolkit launched – Sylva Foundation

Today (Tues 29 Jan) sees the launch of a new online toolkit that provides advice on managing woodlands for wildlife, in particular rare and declining species that are dependent on woodland habitats. The Woodland Wildlife Toolkit is aimed at anyone who owns or manages a woodland, or advises others about woodland management.

Woodland Wildlife Toolkit (Sylva Foundation)

The Woodland Wildlife Toolkit contains three main tools:

Search your wood’s wildlife to help you:

  • Find out which important wildlife is likely to be in or near your woodland based on available survey or distribution data
  • Understand the habitats and features that these species need
  • Provide these habitats through practical woodland management

Assess your wood’s condition to get an overview of the condition of your wood’s habitats and identify any issues you may need to address.

Woodland guidance for practical advice on management techniques, information on woodland management issues and legal considerations. A series of species factsheets provides summary information for all the species in the toolkit.

Data behind the toolkit has been sourced from a wide number of sources which are detailed on the website. Examples include data from the Bat Conservation Trust, British Trust for Ornithology, Butterfly Conservation, Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland, British Lichen Society, British Mycological Society, Fungus Conservation Trust, People’s Trust for Endangered Species, and the National Biodiversity Network.

 

Grants and Funding.

Hello from the new-look National Lottery Heritage Fund!

National Lottery Heritage Fund logoWe have a new name – The National Lottery Heritage Fund. It’s a new chapter for us, although much of the great work we do remains the same.

We will still be investing millions of pounds each year in inspirational heritage projects, large and small, right across the UK.

And we will still be investing National Lottery money in the full breadth of our diverse heritage. From historic places of worship, castles, and factory buildings and people’s rich stories, through to public parks, natural landscapes and native wildlife.

We will keep people at the very heart of all the projects we fund – after all, it is people who bring heritage to life and make it sustainable for the future. 

New-look National Lottery Heritage Fund unveils plans for the next five years 

A major devolution of decision-making across the whole of the UK is at the heart of new plans to distribute more than £1billion of National Lottery money to the UK’s heritage over the next five years.

Our new approach

  • A major focus on nature, communities, and on ensuring everyone is able to enjoy heritage – three top priorities for people who responded to the consultation
  • new models of investment, moving beyond grants to include loans and partnerships, designed to attract others to invest money alongside the National Lottery
  • more support for commercial, sustainable approaches to tackling heritage that’s in danger of being lost
  • investment and support to help heritage organisations to be more financially sustainable
  • a requirement for every heritage project that receives funding to be environmentally friendly
  • simpler, streamlined and more efficient funding
  • greater engagement and support to help 13 deprived communities that have in the past been less successful securing funding
  • continued support for large-scale, iconic projects over £5million

 

New fund to increase walking, cycling and sustainable travel awards £1million worth of grants – Paths for All

A new fund to increase walking, cycling and sustainable travel across Scotland has awarded over £1million of grants.

Forty-five projects have received grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 from the Smarter Choices, Smarter Places Open Fund since June last year, all with the aim of changing people’s everyday travel behaviour.
Awards have been made to public, community and third sector organisations who have come up with new ideas to encourage people to walk or cycle for everyday journeys or use public transport for longer trips.
The aim is to cut Scotland's carbon emissions, improve air quality, reverse the trend towards sedentary lifestyles and tackle health inequalities.
And the Open Fund, which is managed by Scotland’s walking charity Paths for All and supported by Transport Scotland, still has £1million available to get similar projects off the ground.

 

Environmental Education, Recreation and volunteering.

Gove kicks off Year of Green Action - defra

Environment Secretary Michael Gove calls on people across the country to join together to improve the natural world.  

  • Year-long drive calls on young people to spearhead environmental action
  • Government pledges £10million boost to connect children with nature
  • Greener schools and more educational visits will be delivered through the funding

Environment Secretary Michael Gove today (31/1) calls on people across the country to join together to protect the environment.

Speaking at ZSL London Zoo this evening, the Environment Secretary will launch the Year of Green Action – a year-long drive to get more people from all backgrounds involved in projects to improve the natural world.

He will also allocate £10 million to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds better access the natural environment, with grants awarded to projects that will create greener school grounds and increase the number of school visits to local parks, wildlife sites, care farms and National Parks.

The Environment Secretary called on everyone to play their part and back the Year of Green Action – from businesses to gardeners and government itself.

It will provide a focal point for organisations, individuals, communities and businesses to learn more about their environmental impact and take action to reduce it.

 

Year of Green Action launches with record volunteer fair - New Forest National Park Authority

he nationwide Year of Green Action has kicked off in the New Forest with a record-breaking turnout for the National Park’s volunteer fair.

The fair saw 750 budding volunteers head to Lyndhurst Community Centre on Sunday (27 January) to browse hundreds of opportunities from 50 local groups. Organisations in attendance included Exbury Gardens, Butterfly Conservation, the Forestry Commission and the National Trust.

Many attendees were volunteering to help improve the environment or pledged to take individual small actions to mark 2019 as the Year of Green Action.

This is a year-long drive to get more people from all backgrounds involved in projects to improve the natural world and mark the 70th anniversary of National Parks.

 

New Volunteer Group to stand up for Verges - Herefordshire Wildlife Trust

Verging on Wild (VOW) is a new volunteer group in the county, set up to protect the Roadside Verge Nature Reserves (RVNRs) and generally improve the care and diversity of the verges of Herefordshire.

(image: Herefordshire Wildlife Trust)(image: Herefordshire Wildlife Trust)

33 RVNRs were designated, mostly in the 1970s and they have been managed sporadically over the years partly by Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, partly by local people. Some RVNRs have not been managed well and been delisted because they have been overtaken by coarse grass, brambles and other invasive species. In recent years, the RVNRs have become more neglected than ever and an unsympathetic verge mowing regime is contributing to a loss of diversity across the county and is damaging some of these special sites.

Today there are 18 RVNRs remaining. For example, at Stretford Bridge there is a long stretch of hay meadow flora, near Callow there is a small patch of green hellebore and in the woods above Wigmore, there is a woodland verge with herb paris and greater butterfly orchid. These all need different kinds of management and we are looking for interested volunteers who are willing to be Verge Guardians to look after their local reserve.

 

New contract extends fisheries partnership with the Angling Trust - Environment Agency

The Angling Trust has been awarded a new contract to undertake essential angling services including tackling illegal angling and encouraging more people to go fishing across the country.

Following a competitive procurement process, the Environment Agency awarded the contract as part of a continued drive to work with partners to ensure freshwater fisheries thrive and encourage more people to go angling throughout England.

The contract will run for up to 4 years and is worth £1.15 million a year. It is funded by income from fishing licence sales.

The priorities for the contract include:

  • recruiting and retaining more anglers,
  • providing expert advice on tackling non-native or invasive species, reducing predation and discouraging littering,
  • sharing important information with anglers on the fisheries issues that matter to them through social media and face-to-face forums; and
  • building effective enforcement partnerships with the police, angling clubs and fishery owners through the Voluntary Bailiff Service and Building Bridges project (aimed at educating and integrating migrant anglers about England’s angling laws and rules). 

 

New ‘Nature Friendly Schools’ to help ‘green’ hundreds of school grounds and bring thousands of children closer to nature - Wildlife Trusts 

£6.4m funded project to improve children’s wellbeing, learning and care for the environment.

The Wildlife Trusts is leading a new and ground-breaking programme – ‘Nature Friendly Schools’ - to bring thousands of children closer to nature. Teachers will receive training to link outdoor learning to the National Curriculum, students will visit local nature reserves or parks, and have the opportunity to experience wildlife on their doorstep through new nature areas in school grounds.  

Announcing the programme at the launch of the Year of Green Action, Nature Friendly Schools are part of a £10million boost to connect children with nature. 

Stephanie Hilborne, Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trusts, says: “We’re thrilled to be heading a consortium to bring many thousands of children closer to nature in schools. Our children deserve better than to be cooped up all day. We know that contact with nature lowers anxiety and is good for learning and social skills, so it’s really exciting to be working closely with schools to build teachers’ confidence in getting their pupils outdoors. Children will have the opportunity to experience wildlife on their doorstep and further afield through hands on activities in their school grounds and local green places, and the chance to experience residential field trips. Teachers and children will be able to use our natural world as a resource to help with the National Curriculum and experience all the joy and better health that being outdoors can bring.”

Led by The Wildlife Trusts, the Department for Education funded four-year project partnership involves YoungMinds which leads the fight for children and young people’s mental health; Groundwork which transforms young people’s lives in the most disadvantaged communities; Sensory Trust, experts in ensuring children with special needs enjoy access to nature; and the Field Studies Council, which inspires environmental education through first-hand experiences on residential courses.

 

New maps show more than a third of people can’t easily enjoy England’s most beautiful countryside - CPRE 

Countryside charity CPRE calls for better access to our celebrated landscapes

England’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) are revered for their spectacular landscapes and contain the country’s most iconic countryside, which can boost our physical health and mental wellbeing. But today, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) launches detailed maps that show 36% of England’s population live too far from the current network of 10 National Parks and 34 AONBs for these areas to be classified as easily accessible.

The maps show that the majority of people in many major towns and cities, including Liverpool, Chester, Leicester, Cambridge, Northampton and Peterborough, live outside of the accessible catchment area to these beauty spots, and are more likely to miss out on benefits that easy and regular access to these landscapes can bring.

The maps also highlight a strong correlation between levels of social deprivation and a lack of access to National Parks and AONBs, with almost half of the most socially deprived areas of the country falling outside of the accessible range. CPRE fears that the frequent lack of affordable and sustainable transport options means that many people are not able to access these places to enjoy the huge benefits they provide.

Access the maps

 

£5,000 donation makes it even easier to get on your way in Ullswater - Lake District National Park

The Lake District National Park is thrilled to receive a generous donation of almost £5,000 for essential path restoration work on the popular Ullswater Way.

With New Year’s resolutions still forefront of many people’s minds, this is a great route to do as one 20 mile walk or as a series of shorter walks over a few days or weeks.

This fantastic donation from the Lake District Foundation charity and Ullswater Steamers will fund surfacing and drainage projects between Pooley Bridge and Gowbarrow Fell to improve ground conditions.

Lake District National Park rangers will carry out this work over the coming months. Dylan Jackman, Project Ranger said: “We have identified a number of sections of the Ullswater Way which are in need of improvement and are continually seeking funding for works to make the route an even greater success.  The generous support of Ullswater Steamers and Lake District Foundation allows us to continue to improve areas, meaning that this special area remains accessible and enjoyable for visitors.”

The £5,000 donation is the result of visitors to the area and local residents digging deep and donating to the Lake District Foundation. The money has been raised mainly through visitor giving on Ullswater Steamers coupled with wider donations from the local community since Storm Desmond in 2015.

 

More cycling could prevent 34,000 life-threatening illnesses in seven major UK cities by 2040 – Sustrans

An estimated 34,000 incidences of eight life-threatening conditions, including Type 2 diabetes, stroke, breast cancer and depression, would be prevented in seven major cities between 2017 and 2040, if cycling increased at rates like those seen since the millennium in London.

Image: SustransImage: Sustrans

Sustrans, the walking and cycling charity, has today published a first of its kind report which looks at what the health, economic and environmental benefits of cycling could look like by 2040 in seven UK cities: Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Greater Manchester and Newcastle.

Transforming Cities: The potential of everyday cycling” is based on data from Bike Life, the largest assessment of cycling in UK cities, and highlights the impact of doubling cycling trips every eight years between 2017 and 2040. The modelling follows the UK Government’s Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy which seeks to double cycling in England by 2025.

It has estimated that more than one billion cycling trips would take place in 2040 in those major cities, which is an eight-fold increase from 123 million trips. This would:

  • Equate to over 242.4 million hours of additional physical activity.
  • Prevent 628 early deaths.
  • Generate £21 billion of savings to the economy, including 319 million of savings to the NHS over the 23-year period.

 

Pollution, sustainablity and climate.

‘Fine to Flush’ logo launched to fight fatbergs - Marine Conservation Society 

Fine to Flush logo (WaterUK)The fight against fatbergs in UK sewers has received a major boost today (11/1) with the publication of a new official standard identifying which wet wipes can be flushed down toilets safely.

Fine to Flush logo (WaterUK)

In 2018, during the MCS annual Great British Beach Clean and survey, volunteers found on average 12 wet wipes per 100m of beach cleaned and surveyed - an increase of more than 300% over the last decade.

Dr. Laura Foster, MCS Head of Clean Seas, said: “Some products on the market labelled as flushable have been known to contain plastic fibres adding to plastic pollution in our oceans. In addition, they’re not designed for realistic conditions found in UK sewers, may not break down fast enough and therefore potentially contribute to blockages.”

Manufacturers of wipes will be able to feature the official water industry ‘Fine to Flush’ symbol on their packaging if they pass strict scientific tests. This symbol will let consumers know that the products don’t contain plastic and will break down in the sewer system instead of clogging up sewers and contributing to fatbergs which cause blockages and sewage overflows.

 

Partnership launched to support innovative solutions to ocean plastics crisis - UKRI

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and Sky have teamed up to support UK businesses to develop innovative methods of tackling the global ocean plastics crisis.

With the United Nations reporting that eight million tonnes of plastic enters global waters each year, a figure that is set to triple by 2025 unless significant action is taken, companies are being encouraged to come forward with proposals to reduce plastic waste and pollution and promote a circular economy.

Now Innovate UK and Sky Ocean Ventures have launched a £6 million competition to support UK businesses to tackle the scourge of waste plastic.

Innovate UK is providing up to £3 million through the UKRI Plastics Research and Innovation Fund, a £20 million programme engaging researchers and industry to tackle waste and pollution and develop sustainable approaches to plastic. Sky Ocean Ventures, established by Sky to support young companies and create meaningful change by highlighting environmental disaster caused by plastic pollution in the oceans, is providing the same amount.

Ian Campbell, Executive Chair of Innovate UK, said: “Plastic waste has created a crisis that needs a global resolution.  We need businesses, investors, government and researchers pulling in the same direction, creating workable solutions that people will be able to see on the shelves before it’s too late.  That’s what this tie-up between Innovate UK and Sky Ocean Ventures will achieve, while also helping innovative UK companies become global successes.”

  

Government launches world leading plan to tackle air pollution - Defra

Government has launched an ambitious new strategy to clean up our air and save lives.

Clean Air Strategy logo (defra)Environment Secretary Michael Gove today (Monday 14 January) launched an ambitious new strategy to clean up our air and save lives.

Clean Air Strategy (defra)

Air pollution is one of the biggest threats to public health in the UK - behind only cancer, obesity and heart disease - and the measures set out in the Clean Air Strategy will cut the costs of air pollution to society by £1.7 billion every year by 2020, rising to £5.3 billion every year from 2030.

The UK will set an ambitious, long-term target to reduce people’s exposure to particulate matter (PM), which the World Health Organization (WHO) has identified as the most damaging pollutant. To inform development of this new target, the government will publish evidence early this year on what action would be needed to meet WHO guidelines.

This comes on top of a commitment to halve the number of people living in areas breaching WHO guidelines on PM by 2025. The UK is the first major economy to adopt air quality goals based on WHO recommendations, going far beyond EU requirements.

Launching the Clean Air Strategy, Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: “The evidence is clear. While air quality has improved significantly in recent years, air pollution continues to shorten lives, harm our children and reduce quality of life. We must take strong, urgent action. Our ambitious strategy includes new targets, new powers for local government and confirms that our forthcoming Environment Bill will include new primary legislation on air quality. While air pollution may conjure images of traffic jams and exhaust fumes, transport is only one part of the story and the new strategy sets out the important role all of us - across all sectors of work and society - can play in reducing emissions and cleaning up our air to protect our health.”

Read the policy paper: Clean Air Strategy 2019

This strategy sets out our plans for dealing with all sources of air pollution, making our air healthier to breathe, protecting nature and boosting the economy.

 

Response: Clean Air Strategy: Progress For Wildlife And People On Ammonia - The ‘Poor Cousin’ Of Air Pollution - Plantlife 

Twelve nature charities, including Plantlife, RSPB and Friends of the Earth, have welcomed new regulations to cut ammonia emissions announced in the Clean Air Strategy today.

This move is vital and long overdue given the ravaging effect ammonia has on wild plants, woodlands and meadows, and the wildlife that rely on them, and the disastrous impact of ammonia on people’s health. Cutting ammonia emissions by 50% could prevent the equivalent of around an estimated 250,000 premature deaths globally each year. 

Jenny Hawley, Senior Policy Officer at Plantlife, said: "Air pollution from farming has been neglected by policymakers for too long – with year-on-year increases in ammonia emissions. Voluntary measures haven’t worked, so the commitments to new regulation are a positive step forward. But the devil will be in the detail and the Clean Air Strategy must be translated into legislation without delay if it is to protect some of our rarest plants, lichens and fungi from extinction. Runaway ammonia emissions are contributing to unnaturally nutrient-rich soil conditions that are having a chilling impact on plant diversity. Many rare and threatened wildflowers like harebell and bird's-foot trefoil are being crowded out of the countryside by a marauding gang of 'nitrogen guzzlers' such as brambles and stinging nettles. The knock-on effects of habitats becoming nitrogen-rich ‘badlands’ can be lethal, for example the marsh fritillary butterfly feeds almost exclusively on Devil's-bit scabious, a plant that simply cannot survive in these conditions."

 

Research provides quality check on air pollution strategy  - CEH blog response 

Environmental Physicist Dr Eiko Nemitz of the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, who was involved in hosting the launch of the UK Government’s Clean Air Strategy, explains the role of the BT Tower Observatory in air pollution monitoring.

 

Committee urges Government action to stop using seas as a sewer - Environmental Audit Committee

The Environmental Audit Committee Sustainable Seas Report highlights action needed on climate change, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, and marine conservation. The MPs call on Government to bring forward the UK’s 2042 target date for achieving zero avoidable plastic waste and to rapidly decarbonise our economy to meet net-zero emissions by 2050.

Committee urges Government action to stop using seas as a sewer

  • Plastic pollution in oceans is set to treble in the next 10 years
  • UK must drive global efforts to protect the oceans with a legally binding ‘Paris Agreement for the Sea’
  • Our seas face a triple threat from climate change causing warming, deoxygenation and acidification – which threatens all coral reefs
  • Deep sea mining risks catastrophic impacts on seafloor species and habitats
  • Long-term harm from plastic pollution is unknown according to the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser ‘because we haven’t looked hard enough’

The Government’s ‘out of sight, out of mind’ treatment of the oceans puts marine resources at great risk. Climate change poses a triple whammy of threats to oceans from warming, deoxygenation and acidification.

Read the full report: Sustainable seas

 

Scotland to increase carrier bag levy and place charge on disposable drinks cups - Marine Conservation Society

Scotland has taken the lead amongst the home nations to increase the current 5p single-use carrier bag charge and put a levy on disposable take-away drinks cups.

Scottish National Party secured the support of the Greens to pass its government’s budget last Thursday and among the environmental measures announced by the Scottish finance secretary, Derek Mackay, was the promise to increase the current single-use carrier bag charge to a minimum of 10p ‘at the earliest opportunity’. There was also an agreement to place a charge on disposable drinks cups from cafes and restaurants – although no suggestion of the likely amount.

Calum Duncan, MCS Head of Conservation Scotland, says the commitments are pleasing: “The Scottish Government’s budget deal, including a commitment to increase Scotland’s carrier bag charge to 10p, will, we hope, encourage even more shoppers to bring their own reusable bags to the shops. It is also encouraging that there is a commitment in principle to introduce a charge on disposable drinks cups. Combined with the Scottish Government’s UK-leading commitment to a deposit return system, that we hope will be designed to include plastic, glass and cans, these are welcome steps to help stop the plastic tide lapping our shores.”

The announcement puts Scotland ahead of the other home nations when it comes to increased single-use charges.

 

New research reveals the power of Blue Planet II - Keep Britain Tidy

Environment wins as public back litter-picking

More than 70% of people now view tackling litter as more important than they used to and nearly three quarters (75%) feel more appreciative of people who pick up litter according to a new survey carried for Keep Britain Tidy by Ipsos MORI.

The findings will be discussed at today’s Keep Britain Tidy Network Conference, in Manchester, which aims to be the country’s first Tidy City by 2020.

In the survey, commissioned by the charity ahead of this year’s Great British Spring Clean, the country’s biggest-ever mass-action environmental campaign which aims to get half a million people out litter-picking between March 22nd and April 23rd, 42% also said they were more likely to pick up litter now, rather than walk past it.

More than two-thirds (67%) also said they tried to purchase less single-use plastic than they used to, and eight out of ten people said they thought people who litter-pick are vital to protecting the environment.

  

Animal and wildlife news.

Birds

South Scotland Golden Eagle Project news release: Scottish Scouts launch new initiative to safeguard the future of golden eagles in the UK - Scottish Natural Heritage

Working closely with the groundbreaking South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project, a Scottish Scout group is launching the first ever Golden Eagle Champions initiative to help safeguard the future of golden eagles in the UK.  

SSGEP eagle sketch (via SNH)SSGEP eagle sketch (via SNH)

The Scottish Borders Innerleithen Scout Group will become the UK’s first-ever Golden Eagle Champions, learning from experts and getting to see some of these iconic birds themselves.  The Borders’ Scouts will also be designing a special badge that the group can earn as part of their work on this project.

Speaking on the launch of the initiative Philip Munro, Community Outreach Officer for the South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project said: “It is fantastic to see our golden eagles thriving and fending for themselves only five months after their release. Significant community support has been key to this early success and will continue to play a vital role in ensuring that golden eagles truly flourish in the south of Scotland.

“We are absolutely delighted to be working with the Scottish Borders Scouts, and their trailblazing Innerleithen Group, on the UK’s first ever Golden Eagle Champions initiative. The future of conservation depends on initiatives like this that encourage young people to get involved and make a difference.  Their involvement will truly lead the way for other local Scout Groups and make a huge contribution to helping to safeguarding the future of this iconic species in the south of Scotland and beyond.”  

For the latest news on the project visit: www.goldeneaglessouthofscotland.co.uk

 

Hen harrier ‘River’ disappears in suspicious circumstances - RSPB

This is the ninth bird tagged last summer to vanish in similar circumstances. Last transmission showed the bird on a driven grouse moor in North Yorkshire Police and the RSPB are concerned that the bird may have been illegally killed

The police and the RSPB are investigating the sudden disappearance of yet another satellite tagged hen harrier in North Yorkshire, the county with the worst reputation for bird of prey persecution.

The bird, named River, was one of several hen harrier chicks in England fitted with a satellite tag as part of the RSPB’s Hen Harrier LIFE project last summer (2018). These lightweight tags allow the RSPB to monitor the birds after they fledge.

Her tag’s last known transmission came from a driven grouse moor between Colsterdale and Nidderdale – an area with a history of bird of prey persecution – on 14 November. She was known to have been hunting and roosting in the area for several weeks. RSPB Investigations staff and North Yorkshire Police searched the area, but there was no sign of the bird or the tag. She has not been heard from since.

 

SGA calls for satellite tag accountability - Scottish Gamekeepers Association 

Scotland’s gamekeepers are calling for accountability regarding satellite tags fitted to wildlife.

The call comes after The Scottish Gamekeepers Association learned that a tagged Hen Harrier, reported as disappearing ‘suspiciously’ in Angus last May, was re-sighted in Perthshire afterwards, according to investigators.

An eagle in Angus photographed with a tag dangling below its head.  Image: Mike Groves.An eagle in Angus photographed with a tag dangling below its head.  Image: Mike Groves.

Anti-grouse moor campaigners who owned the tag’s data publicly blamed the grouse industry, urging Scottish Government to license the sector.

However, no media statements were issued to correct the accusations, leaving local estate employees living with the burden of criminal suspicion.

The SGA has also learned of a sea eagle currently flying around Grampian with a tag dangling from its body, potentially endangering its welfare.  The female sea eagle, pegged with yellow wing markings and the letter ‘E’, has been spotted by concerned land managers.  In recent times, four golden eagles have also been independently photographed in the Angus glens with displaced tags; one clearly hanging from a bird’s neck.  Another eagle was observed in Perthshire last week with the bird’s feathers completely obscuring the tag; something manufacturers acknowledge will distort readings.

Gamekeepers believe tags are now being deployed by campaigners as political weapons, aware there is no independent scrutiny.  Whilst the SGA is not advocating a ban, they believe Scottish Government must act to make fitting and monitoring of the devices accountable.

 

Report finds Scottish raven population healthy - Scottish Natural Heritage

A report published today reveals that raven populations in Scotland are in a healthy condition.

The report, published by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), was commissioned to ensure the number of licences issued to control ravens won’t affect the population in the long term.

Raven (image: SNH)SNH issues licences to control ravens when they are causing serious damage to livestock, particularly lambs.

There has been an increase in the Scottish raven population of over 50% over the past 20 years, with Scotland holding the majority of the UK raven population.  

(image: SNH)

Robbie Kernahan, SNH’s Head of Wildlife Management, said:  ‘It’s our job to encourage healthy populations of native species as well as support rural businesses.  Ravens can cause serious damage to livestock, particularly lambs.  Where this is a serious problem, and there is no other solution, we issue licences for farmers to shoot and scare the birds. This research shows that the number of ravens killed under licence won’t put the Scottish population at risk. However, we will continue to monitor so we can adjust licence numbers when we need to.”

Download the full report from here.

 

Mammals 

Scottish pine martens repopulating Welsh mountains - Forest Enterprise Scotland

Picture copyright Edward DelaneyForest Enterprise Scotland staff are celebrating the success of a pine marten reintroduction programme in Wales, after helping to source and capture specimens from across Scotland.

Picture copyright Edward Delaney

The Pine Marten Recovery Project has been led by the Vincent Wildlife Trust under licence from SNH and in full compliance with the Scottish Code for Conservation Translocations.

Between autumn 2015 and 2017, a total of 51 pine martens were translocated from FES woodlands across the highlands to the forests of Cambrian Mountains in mid-Wales.

Kenny Kortland, Species Ecologist with FES, said: “Pine martens are fairly abundant in many forests of the national forest estate, so we could easily spare some for this fantastic project. However, the Trust was very careful to assess the robustness of the donor population before trapping took place. The majority of the animals that were released in Wales very quickly claimed home ranges for themselves and they are establishing a thriving population. Kits have been born every year since the first release so it looks like the pine martens’ return to Wales has been an unqualified success!”The programme’s success in Wales has been very well supported and assisted by the local community, which is encouraging people to come to the area and visit the dedicated pine marten information centre and pine marten viewing hide.

 

Record-breaking year seals 30 years of breeding success at Blakeney Point – National Trust

A seal pup at Blakeney Point (National Trust / Ian Ward)Rangers at the National Trust’s Blakeney National Nature Reserve in Norfolk have confirmed that this year’s grey seal pups have surpassed 3,000 for the first time.

A seal pup at Blakeney Point (National Trust / Ian Ward)

With 3,012 pups born this winter, it’s the highest number since records began 30 years ago. 
The first grey seal pup was observed on Blakeney Point in 1988 and it then established itself as a rookery (breeding ground) in 2001 when 25 pups were born. Since then the colony has gone from strength to strength, with over 1,000 pups born in 2012, 2,000 in 2014 and numbers peaking at over 3,000 in December.

It’s believed that the remoteness of the reserve and limited disturbance is creating the perfect habitat for what has become the largest grey seal colony in England.

National Trust rangers monitor the colony by counting and recording seal pups throughout the winter. Ranger Leighton Newman, says: “The count, which began on 25 October started slowly with fewer numbers born in the early days compared to previous years; but by the last week of November, births were in full swing with an average of 150 pups being born every day. We’d like to say a really big thank you to all of our amazing and dedicated volunteers who have spent their time helping us to monitor the colony and speak to visitors this winter, in often cold and windy conditions. We are also fortunate to have a really supportive local community and visitors to the reserve. They have helped keep disturbance of the seals to a minimum, sticking to waymarked routes, staying clear of fenced off areas and ensuring that the seals have the space they need. This all helps ensure the colony can thrive.” 

 

Broads Authority takes steps to secure the future of rare bat species - The Broads Authority

The Broads Authority has invested in 30 Schwegler bat boxes which will provide roosting places for the uncommon bat species, Nathusius’ pipistrelle. 

Nathusius' pipistrelle © Bat Conservation Trust/Daniel HargreavesNathusius' pipistrelle © Bat Conservation Trust/Daniel Hargreaves

The Nathusius’ pipistrelle has a strong hold in the Broads National Park, with Whitlingham Country Park in Trowse being a hotspot for this species. The bat boxes are woodpecker-proof and weather and rot-resistant and have been erected in woodland around Whitlingham Broad where it is hoped that they will be found by the bats and used for roosting. The boxes will be inspected to search for individuals who have been caught and ringed in the Country Park. Any recaptures will further knowledge of the behaviour of the bat and help to continue conservation efforts to secure its future.

The numbers of this rare bat discovered in the Broads, and particularly at Whitlingham, supports the staggering statistic that although the Broads National Park only covers 0.1% of the country, it is home to over a quarter of the UK’s rarest wildlife.

Senior Ecologist for the Broads Authority, Andrea Kelly, said of the project, “We’ve been so encouraged by the enthusiasm and community spirit that these amazing bats have engendered. There has been a lot of collaborative work between volunteers, landowners and charities to monitor these bats and provide the correct habitat for them to thrive. The Schwegler bat boxes will increase the chances of recapturing ringed bats without the use of specialist equipment and will enable volunteers to reveal more information about Nathusius’ pipistrelles in the Broads National Park.” 

 

Fish and dragonflies

Salmon found in River Don at Sheffield - Environment Agency

adult salmon has been found in the River Don at Salmon Pastures confirming the species’ return to Sheffield city centre after an absence of 150 years.

The body of the 79cm (31 inches) salmon was reported to the Environment Agency by a member of the public on Wednesday 2 January. It appears to have died from natural causes.

Fisheries officer Jerome Masters with the salmon at the River Don in Sheffield (image: Environment Agency)Fisheries officer Jerome Masters with the salmon at the River Don in Sheffield (image: Environment Agency)

Coincidentally, January marked the beginning of the International Year of the Salmon, an initiative to support the conservation and restoration of wild salmon species.

Following the recent push to improve water quality and introduce more fish passes to facilitate the migration of our native fish, the re-colonisation of salmon in the Don is now becoming a reality.  The Environment Agency’s partnerships with the Don Catchment River Trust, Yorkshire Water, Canal and River Trust and Sheffield City Council has introduced multiple new fish passes.

Examination by Environment Agency fisheries specialists confirmed the female fish had recently spawned. Salmon often die after spawning, consequently, there is no reason to suspect anything other than a natural cause of death. Prior to spawning, the fish probably weighed between 10 to 12 lbs (4.5 to 5.5 kg).  Growth patterns in the scales showed the salmon spent two years in freshwater before spending two years at sea. Most salmon return home to the river where they were born, but some will stray up the ‘wrong’ river. This is how they can recolonise rivers where they may have become locally extinct, such as the River Don.

 

Rare dragonflies discovered at WWT reserve in Somerset - Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

WWT Steart is home to rare species of dragonflies, a study has found.

Among the species identified is the Red Listed scarce chaser and emerald, red-eyed, small red-eyed damselflies, brown hawker, scarce chaser and ruddy darter, which have never been recorded onsite before.

To date, a total of 19 species have been recorded at the marshes, meriting the reserve with recognition as a Priority Site of Local Importance.

Site Manager Alys Laver said: "One of the reasons we created Steart was to form new habitats that could sustain wetland wildlife. So to hear that some of the rarest UK species of dragonfly have been discovered at our freshwater pools is fantastic news. We hope that ongoing studies at our reserve will reveal more about these striking creatures and how we can help them thrive."

The British Dragonfly Society survey was carried out to assess the presence and activity of the colourful four-winged insects following Steart’s transformation from low-lying fields into wetlands by WWT in 2014.

The presence of the endangered scarce chaser has excited conservationists hoping to find evidence that they are breeding on this site this year allowing the area to be upgraded to Priority Site of National Importance.

 

Scientific Research, Results and Publications plus Citizen Science.

Local focus could help tackle global problems - University of Exeter 

People’s love for their local areas could be harnessed to tackle global environmental problems, researchers say.

Parochialism (a focus on a local area) is often viewed negatively, and is sometimes seen as being akin to “nimbyism” – characterised by insularity and selfishness.

But researchers from the University of Exeter argue that “positive parochialism” could be a foundation for environmental concern and action.

Their study revisits the Parish Maps project instigated in 1987 by UK arts and environment charity Common Ground, and finds the project offers a “foundation for ecological concern that remains relevant today”.

“The Parish Maps project was hugely popular at the time, but has been somewhat overlooked since it ended,” said Professor Patrick Devine-Wright, of the University of Exeter.

“It led to a huge upswell in local environmentalism and the creation of thousands of maps across the UK and beyond. We argue that it represents parochialism without the negative connotations many people associate with that word.

Read the paper (open access pdf): Devine-Wright P, Smith J, Batel S. “Positive parochialism,”local belonging and ecological concerns: Revisiting Common Ground's Parish Maps project. Trans Inst Br Geogr. 018;00:1–15. doi: 10.1111/tran.12282

 

Antarctic krill population contracts southward as polar oceans warm – British Antarctic Survey

Image: British Antarctic SurveyThe population of Antarctic krill, the favourite food of many whales, penguins, fish and seals, shifted southward during a recent period of warming in their key habitat, new research shows.

Antarctic krill are shrimp-like crustaceans which occur in enormous numbers in the cold Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica. They have a major role in the food web and play a significant role in the transport of atmospheric carbon to the deep ocean.

Image: British Antarctic Survey

Important krill habitats are under threat from climate change, and this latest research – published today (21st January 2019) in Nature Climate Change – has found that their distribution has contracted towards the Antarctic continent. This has major implications for the ecosystems that depend on krill.

An international team of scientists, led jointly by Dr Simeon Hill at the British Antarctic Survey and Dr Angus Atkinson at Plymouth Marine Laboratory, analysed data on the amount of krill caught in nets during scientific surveys. The data covered the Scotia Sea and Antarctic Peninsula – the region where krill are most abundant. The team found that the centre of the krill distribution has shifted towards the Antarctic continent by about 440 km (4° latitude) over the last four decades.

  

North Sea rocks could act as energy stores – University of Edinburgh

Rocks in the seabed off the UK coast could provide long-term storage locations for renewable energy production, new research suggests.

An advanced technique could be used to trap compressed air in porous rock formations found in the North Sea using electricity from renewable technologies.

The pressurised air could later be released to drive a turbine to generate large amounts of electricity.

Using the technique on a large scale could store enough compressed air to meet the UK’s electricity needs during winter, when demand is highest, the study found.

The approach could help deliver steady and reliable supplies of energy from renewable sources – such as wind and tidal turbines – and aid efforts to limit global temperature rise as a result of climate change.

However, the amount of energy produced by many renewable technologies varies depending on weather conditions.

There is a need for new processes that can store energy cheaply and reliably for months at a time, researchers say.

Engineers and geoscientists from the Universities of Edinburgh and Strathclyde used mathematical models to assess the potential of the process, called compressed air energy storage (CAES).

The team then predicted the UK’s storage capacity by combining these estimates with a database of geological formations in the North Sea.

Porous rocks beneath UK waters could store about one and a half times the UK’s typical electricity demand for January and February, they found.

 

Land and countryside management, including marine 

New study demonstrates benefits of undervalued saltmarsh - University of Exeter

Credit Dr Katrina Davis A new tool which helps land managers assess the costs and benefits of re-introducing valuable saltmarsh, has been developed by economists and environmental scientists from the South West Partnership for Environmental and Economic Prosperity (SWEEP) at the University of Exeter.

Credit Dr Katrina Davis

Saltmarshes can be found in sheltered coastal areas and are expanses of salt water tolerant grassland, exposed at low tide. The study shows that saltmarsh has a positive effect on the local and wider environment by providing an important habitat for wading birds, nursery grounds for fish, and natural flood defences.

Yet the habitat is in decline with around half being lost around the world because of sea level rise, changes to water nutrient levels from agricultural run-off, and land development – saltmarsh competes with the high-value of coastal land for grazing or property development.

The SWEEP study, which was produced alongside partners from the North Devon Biosphere, promotes a new way for land managers and planners to appraise coastal land to fully capture the benefits saltmarsh brings to the environment and local economy.

 

Shoots urged to pay more attention to release pen locations, says new GWCT study – Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

Advisors from GWCT are urging shoots to pay more attention to release pen locations and limit pheasant releasing density to reduce negative impacts on woodland flora.

Image: GWCTImage: GWCT

The advice follows a new study carried out by GWCT scientists that looked at the long-term effects of pheasants on the plant community.

Andrew Hoodless, Rufus Sage and Lucy Capstick studied sites which had previously been used as release pens for between 10 and 20 years but had not been used in the past three years.

Sixty-five of these sites were identified in woodland across Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Sussex and Wiltshire.

For each of the disused pens, a reference, or “control” site, was identified in the same piece of woodland but away from the pen itself and from areas where pheasants tend to gather.

At each pen and its control pair, the plants were surveyed at points within the site. These vegetation surveys were carried out between April and July of 2006, 2008 and 2011, where they recorded the amount of bare ground, percentage of ground covered by each plant species and the vegetation cover between ground level and up to 2m in height. Soil samples were also taken at each site visited.

All these measurements were examined to identify any differences between the disused pens and their control sites, considering how long it had been since the pen was used, as well as the typical stocking density when birds were in the pens.

Interestingly, results showed that the changes in soil chemistry and plant species that are known to occur in pheasant release pens, such as an increase in ruderal plants and a decline in woodland specialist plants, continue to affect the area after pheasant release is no longer carried out.

Read the paper: Capstick, L. A., Sage, R. B. & Hoodless, A. (2019) Ground flora recovery in disused pheasant pens is limited and affected by pheasant release density. Biological Conservation. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2018.12.020

 

Map of chemicals in jellyfish could be the future to protecting UK waters and marine life - University of Southampton

Jellyfish caught in UK waters were used to map chemical variations in marine life (image: University of Southampton)Scientists at the University of Southampton have developed maps of chemicals found in jellyfish which could offer a new tool for conservation in British waters and fisheries. The maps will also be able to detect fraudulently labelled food in retail outlets by helping to trace the origins of seafood.

Jellyfish caught in UK waters were used to map chemical variations in marine life (image: University of Southampton)

The Southampton based research team including Dr Clive Trueman, Dr Katie St. John Glew and Dr Laura Graham, built maps of the chemical variations in jellyfish caught in an area of approximately 1 million km2 of the UK shelf seas. These chemical signals vary according to where the fish has been feeding due to differences in the marine environment’s chemistry, biology and physical processes.

Dr Katie St john Glew explains “The chemical differences detected in the jellyfish are also present in other animals throughout the food chain, like seabirds, seals and fishes. This means that we can measure the same signals in, for example feathers from seabirds or fresh fish fillets, then match them back to the jellyfish map and work out where the birds have been feeding or where the fish was most likely caught.” 

 

Wildlife

Roaming cats prey on their owners’ minds – University of Exeter

Many cat owners worry about their pets wandering the streets, but perceive cats hunting mice and birds to be unavoidable instinct, researchers at the University of Exeter have found.

Owners often dislike their feline companions’ compulsion to catch wildlife but feel unable, or unwilling, to control it.

Credit Jennifer BarnardCredit Jennifer Barnard

The researchers interviewed cat owners about their pets’ roaming and hunting behaviour, what worried them, and what they felt responsible for.

Hunting, and the resulting corpses on the kitchen floor, were seen as natural behaviour outside owners’ control. Those who did want to limit hunting felt this was difficult to achieve without locking cats indoors – and hardly any owners wanted this.

“We found a spectrum of views on hunting, from owners who see it as positive for pest control to those who were deeply concerned about its consequences for wild animal populations,” said lead author Dr Sarah Crowley, of the Environment and Sustainability Institute on the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus in Cornwall. “However, because hunting is a natural cat behaviour, few owners believed they could effectively control this without negatively affecting their cats’ welfare.”

Cats vary in the amount they hunt, with some catching multiple birds and small mammals every week, while many others stay indoors or rarely lift a predatory paw. 

Read the paper: Crowley SL, Cecchetti M, McDonald RA. Hunting behaviour in domestic cats: An exploratory study of risk and responsibility among cat owners. People Nat. 2019;00:1–13. doi: 10.1002/pan3.6 (open access)

 

National Whale and Dolphin Watch 2018: the results are in! - Sea Watch Foundation

Last year’s event, which took place 28th July – 5th August, revealed striking biodiversity with an impressive thirteen species of cetaceans seen around the British Isles in just those few days, a number which was only been recorded once before. The total number of sightings collected was larger than last year, and the highest reported so far.

Bottlenose dolphins photographed off Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, on July 31st. Photo credit: Amber ThomasThe 2018 event totalled 1,328 hours of watches conducted, over 100 hours more than in 2016. Over 43% of the total amount of hours spent collecting effort-related data came from land-based locations.

Bottlenose dolphins photographed off Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, on July 31st. Photo credit: Amber Thomas

2018 marked the seventeenth year of Sea Watch Foundation’s National Whale and Dolphin Watch event, a citizen science project which has gained tremendous popularity over the years. “I am very proud of what we achieved with the help of wildlife enthusiasts and conservation and recording organisations around the country, who have contributed data collected from boats (inshore and offshore) and from land stations in different parts of the UK”, says Dr Chiara Giulia Bertulli, Sightings Officer for Sea Watch and organiser of last year’s national event.

Access the full 2018 National Whale and Dolphin Watch report here

 

Collaborative research led by the University of East Anglia has identified one of the causes of recent deaths in UK European brown hare populations. - University of East Anglia

Working together with diagnostic laboratories in England, Scotland and Germany, the first UK cases of rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus type 2 (RHDV2) have been detected in dead hares found in two locations – Essex and Dorset. 

Researchers from UEA joined forces with Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex Wildlife Trusts, the Department for Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the APHA Surveillance Intelligence Unit to investigate the cause of hare deaths following reports of sick and dead hares from members of the public.

Wild European Hare (image: Vlad Sokolovsky, Shutterstock via UEA)Wild European Hare (image: Vlad Sokolovsky, Shutterstock via UEA)

Lead researcher Dr Diana Bell, from UEA’s School of Biological Sciences, said: “RHDV2 normally affects rabbits, but the disease is known to have jumped to European brown hares in Italy, Spain, France and Australia. This is the first time that RHDV2 has been found in hares in the UK."

The research team are continuing to collect dead hares for post mortem. If you find a freshly dead hare please report it to Dr Bell by emailing d.bell@uea.ac.uk. 

‘First cases of rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus type 2 (RHDV2) confirmed in European brown hares (Lepus europaeus) in the UK’ is published today in Vet Record 

 

Plastic in Britain's seals, dolphins and whales - Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Microplastics have been found in the guts of every marine mammal examined in a new study of animals washed up on Britain’s shores.

Researchers from PML and the University of Exeter examined 50 animals from 10 species of dolphins, seals and whales – and found microplastics (less than 5mm) in them all. 
Most of the particles (84%) were synthetic fibres – which can come from sources including clothes, fishing nets and toothbrushes – while the rest were fragments, whose possible sources include food packaging and plastic bottles.
“It’s shocking – but not surprising – that every animal had ingested microplastics,” said lead author Sarah Nelms, of the University of Exeter and PML. “The number of particles in each animal was relatively low (average of 5.5 particles per animal), suggesting they eventually pass through the digestive system, or are regurgitated. We don’t yet know what effects the microplastics, or the chemicals on and in them, might have on marine mammals. More research is needed to better understand the potential impacts on animal health.”
Though the animals in the study died of a variety of causes, those that died due to infectious diseases had a slightly higher number of particles than those that died of injuries or other causes.

 

Endangered sharks being eaten in UK - University of Exeter

Endangered species of hammerhead and dogfish are among the sharks being sold as food in the UK, researchers have revealed.

University of Exeter scientists sampled shark products from fishmongers and chip shops, as well as shark fins from an Asian food wholesaler in the UK.

The majority of chip shop samples (usually sold under generic names like huss, rock salmon and rock eel) were spiny dogfish – a species “endangered” in Europe and “vulnerable” worldwide.

The fin samples included scalloped hammerheads – “endangered” globally and subject to international trade restrictions.

The researchers have called for more accurate food labelling so people know what species they are eating.

“The discovery of endangered hammerhead sharks highlights how widespread the sale of declining species really is – even reaching Europe and the UK,” said Dr Andrew Griffiths, of the University of Exeter

Read the paper: Microplastics in marine mammals stranded around the British coast: ubiquitous but transitory? Scientific Reports

 

‘Eavesdropping’ technology used to protect one of New Zealand’s rarest birds – ZSL

ZSL scientists pioneer new method of monitoring hihi reintroductions by listening in on bird ‘conversations’

A hihi or stichbird (Notiomystis cincta) © ZSLA hihi or stichbird (Notiomystis cincta) © ZSL

Remote recording devices used to ‘eavesdrop’ on a reintroduced population of one of New Zealand’s rarest birds have been heralded as a breakthrough for conservation.

Scientists from ZSL, Imperial College London and conservationists from the Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust used acoustic monitoring devices to listen in on the ‘conversations’ of New Zealand’s endemic hihi bird, allowing them to assess the success of the reintroduction without impacting the group.

For the first time ZSL scientists were able to use the calls of a species as a proxy for their movement. A happy hihi call sounds like two marbles clanging together in what is known as the ‘stitch’ call. Scientists saw the calls change from an initial random distribution to a more settled home range – marking the hihi reintroduction and the new method a success.

The study, published in Methods in Ecology and Evolution, was carried out in the Rotokare Scenic Reserve in the Taranaki region of North Island, where 40 juvenile birds were released in April 2017. The first time hihi have been seen in the region since their regional extinction over 130 years ago. 

 

Invertebrates including pollinators

Cities could play a key role in pollinator conservation – University of Bristol

Given the pressures that pollinators face in agricultural land, cities could play an important role in conserving pollinators, according to a new study. The research, carried out by scientists at the Universities of Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds and Reading in collaboration with Cardiff Image credit: Nadine MitschunasUniversity and the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), has revealed that gardens and allotments are good for pollinators, and lavender and borage are important garden plants that pollinators use as food sources.

Image credit: Nadine Mitschunas

The study, published today [Monday 14 January] in Nature Ecology and Evolution, has assessed all major urban land uses for pollinators.  While there have been a few small-scale studies on pollinators in some urban land uses, this is the first-time scientists have considered cities in their entirety.

The research found that residential gardens and allotments (community gardens) are particularly good for pollinators, and lavender, borage, dandelions, thistles, brambles and buttercups are important plant species for pollinators in urban areas. 

The team also designed a new measure of management success, based on community robustness, that considers the stability of whole communities of pollinators, and not just individual species.  Robustness is a measure of how a community responds to species loss; robust communities can survive the disappearance of some species but species loss in fragile communities leads to a domino effect of other extinctions.

Read the paper: Baldock, K. C. R. et al (2018) A systems approach reveals urban pollinator hotspots and conservation opportunities. Nature Ecology & Evolution (2019) DOI: 10.1038/s41559-018-0769-y (open access)

    

Street light switch-off benefits night-time pollinators – University of York

Switching off street lights in the middle of the night to save money and energy could have a positive knock-on effect on nocturnal pollinators, according to new research.

Light pollution significantly alters moth activity and this in turn is disrupting their role as pollinators (University of York)Light pollution significantly alters moth activity and this in turn is disrupting their role as pollinators (University of York)

The study, led by experts from the universities of York and Newcastle, has shown that turning off street lights even for just part of the night is effective at restoring the natural behaviour of moths.

The important role moths play in the pollination of plants – potentially even including key food crops such as peas, soybean and oilseed rape - is often overlooked.  But recent studies show that moths supplement the day-time work of bees and other pollinating insects.

Night-lighting disrupts nocturnal pollination by attracting moths upwards, away from the fields and hedgerows so they spend less time feeding and therefore pollinating.

However, the research team behind the study found there was no difference in pollination success between part-night lighting and full darkness.

Read the paper: Macgregor, C. J., Pocock, M. J. O., Fox, R. & Evans., D. M. (2019) Effects of street lighting technologies on the success and quality of pollination in a nocturnally pollinated plant. Ecosphere DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.2550

(open access)

 

Butterflies thrive in grasslands surrounded by forest - Linköping University 

For pollinating butterflies, it is more important to be close to forests than to agricultural fields, according to a study by researchers at LiU and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Uppsala. The results provide important knowledge about how to plan and manage the landscape to ensure the survival of butterflies.

Semi-natural grasslands are one of Sweden’s most species-rich habitats, with a multitude of plants and butterflies. However, the amount of such areas has been reduced by 90% in the past 100 years. Semi-natural grasslands are often preserved as just small fragments in the landscape. Their loss has led to many species of butterfly being decimated, and in some cases eliminated from parts of Sweden. The researchers who carried out the new study, published in the scientific journal Landscape Ecology, have investigated how the landscape around these fragments influences different species of butterfly in southern Sweden. A total of 32,000 butterflies from 77 species were found.

Northern brown argus in Swedish landscape. (image: Karl-Olof Bergman)Northern brown argus in Swedish landscape. (image: Karl-Olof Bergman)

The species richness of butterflies was in general greater in locations where large areas of semi-natural grasslands lay within 10-20 kilometres around the studied semi-natural grassland. Another important landscape feature linked to a larger number of butterfly species was if the grasslands were surrounded by forest.

“Forests have habitats that butterfly can use, such as forest edges, power lines, forestry tracks, glades and cleared areas. Together with semi-natural grasslands, forests can be used to create landscapes that butterflies thrive in. Agricultural fields, in contrast, seem to have few resources that the butterflies can use, and the resources that are available benefit only a few species”, says Karl-Olof Bergman, senior lecturer in the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, IFM. 

Read the paper (open access): Bergman, KO., Dániel-Ferreira, J.,Milberg, P. et al. Butterflies in Swedish grasslands benefit from forest and respond to landscape composition at different spatial scales Landscape Ecol (2018) 33: 2189. doi:10.1007/s10980-018-0732-y

 

Citizen Science

Big Farmland Bird Count returns to Scotland - GWCT

(image: GWCT)Farmers, landowners and game keepers across the country are being urged to take part in the Big Farmland Bird Count (BFBC), which is back for the sixth successive year.

Chaffinch (image: GWCT)

The nationwide citizen science project calls on farmers, land managers and gamekeepers to spend 30 minutes spotting species on their patch of land between the 8 and 17 February 2019 and the results will aim to establish which farmland birds are thriving due to good conservation efforts whilst identifying the ones in need of most help.

Dave Parish, GWCT Scotland’s Head of Lowland Research said: “Many farmers do a lot on their farms to encourage birds and other wildlife, but the wider public doesn’t yet really seem to appreciate that. All we want is for as many individual farmers as possible to spend just half an hour counting birds on a part of their farm so that we can tell everyone about the good work that is going on.”

Last-year saw a record-breaking 1,000 responses to the UK count, recording 121 species across 950,000 acres.

   

Spring 2019 arrived in November 2018, says Woodland Trust - Woodland Trust

Flowering snowdrops are among the early records (Photo: Philip Formby/WTML)The Woodland Trust’s Nature’s Calendar project has received over 64 records of early spring activity that started in November 2018 – including insects that have been spotted active up to 5 months earlier than normal.

Flowering snowdrops are among the early records (Photo: Philip Formby/WTML)

Mild weather seems to have temporarily disturbed insects from hibernation. A small tortoiseshell butterfly appeared flying outdoors on Christmas Day in Merthyr Tydfil, and a red tailed bumblebee on Boxing Day in Somerset. The average date for small tortoiseshells is 14 April, and bumblebees 26 March – making both over three months early. Even earlier still, a red admiral was seen on 17 December in Cambridgeshire; the average emergence date is 7 May, making it nearly five months ahead of schedule.1

Members of the public have sent in many other signs that spring has sprung:

  • Flowering snowdrops were spotted in Southampton on 30 November – over a month earlier than expected - and there have been 24 records of this in total
  • There have been 23 hazel flowering records, beginning 1 December. This usually happens in early March
  • A flowering oxeye daisy was seen in Gloucestershire on 28 December, despite normally blooming from mid-April to early June.

Even birds have made an early appearance. The song thrush has been heard in eleven locations since 5 December and is increasingly reported singing all winter, though expected mid-late March.  Blue tits were also seen exploring a nesting box on 26 December, though the UK average date for nesting is 4 April.

 

Scientific Publications 

MacDonald MA, Angell R, Dines TD, et al. Have Welsh agri-environment schemes delivered for focal species? Results from a comprehensive monitoring programme. J Appl Ecol. 2019;00:1–12. doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.13329

  

Luke Scheberl, Bryant C. Scharenbroch, Les P. Werner, Jacob R. Prater, Kelby L. Fite, Evaluation of soil pH and soil moisture with different field sensors: case study urban soil, Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 2019, ISSN 1618-8667, doi:10.1016/j.ufug.2019.01.001. 

 

Santini, L. , Butchart, S. H., Rondinini, C. , Benítez-López, A. , Hilbers, J. P., Schipper, A. , Cengic, M. , Tobias, J. A. and Huijbregts, M. A. (2019), Applying habitat and population-density models to land-cover time series to inform IUCN red list assessments. Conservation Biology. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1111/cobi.13279

 

Isabel Afán, Joan Navarro, David Grémillet, Marta Coll and Manuela G. Forero. Maiden voyage into death: are fisheries affecting seabird juvenile survival during the first days at sea?  Royal Society Open Science Volume 6, Issue 1 doi: 10.1098/rsos.181151

 

Vlaschenko, A., Kovalov, V., Hukov, V. et al. An example of ecological traps for bats in the urban environment Eur J Wildl Res (2019) 65: 20. doi: 10.1007/s10344-019-1252-z 

 

Cardador, L. and Blackburn, T. M. (2019), Human-habitat associations in the native distributions of alien bird species. J Appl Ecol. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1111/1365-2664.13351

 

Oscar Blumetto, Andrés Castagna, Gerónimo Cardozo, Felipe García, Guadalupe Tiscornia, Andrea Ruggia, Santiago Scarlato, María Marta Albicette, Verónica Aguerre, Alfredo Albin, Ecosystem Integrity Index, an innovative environmental evaluation tool for agricultural production systems, Ecological Indicators, Volume 101, 2019, Pages 725-733, ISSN 1470-160X, doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2019.01.077. 

 

Rita Tóth, István Czeglédi, Bernadett Kern, Tibor Erős, Land use effects in riverscapes: Diversity and environmental drivers of stream fish communities in protected, agricultural and urban  landscapes, Ecological Indicators, Volume 101, 2019, Pages 742-748, ISSN 1470-160X, doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2019.01.063.

 

Assandri G, Bogliani G, Pedrini P, Brambilla M. Toward the next Common Agricultural Policy reform: Determinants of avian communities in hay meadows reveal current policy's inadequacy for biodiversity conservation in grassland ecosystems. J Appl Ecol. 2019;00:1–14. doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.13332

 

Zhiguang Qiu,  Melinda A. Coleman,  Euan Provost,  Alexandra H. Campbell,  Brendan P. Kelaher,  Steven J. Dalton,  Torsten Thomas, Peter D. Steinberg and  Ezequiel M. Marzinelli Future climate change is predicted to affect the microbiome and condition of habitat-forming kelp (open access) Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2018.1887

 

Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Lindley, P.J., Johnstone, I.G. et al. Site-based adaptation reduces the negative effects of weather upon a southern range margin Welsh black grouse Tetrao tetrix population that is vulnerable to climate change. Climatic Change (2019). doi.org/10.1007/s10584-019-02372-2

 

And finally:

Everyone 'enjoyed' a snow day at the beginning of the month so here are some happy Asian short-clawed otters at London Zoo revelling in the white stuff! 

Join in the snowy fun with ZSL London Zoo 18,000 residents, by booking tickets now at www.zsl.org

 

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Training.

Browse the Training Directory online here for short courses (up to 10 days long), or here for longer courses, distance learning and centres and providers

The Directory includes a wide range of courses providing certification in practical skills such as chainsaw use, need to learn how to identify dragonflies, or want to find out the best way to get the community involved in your project then this is the section to read.    We include details of many professional courses in the online short courses pages. There are also sections for longer courses, training centres and other events (eg conferences).

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Calendar of short courses and professional events happening in: April 2019

 

Events

08/04/2019   Unifying Tropical Ecology: Strengthening collaborative science   5 Day

Appleton Tower, Edinburgh, BES/gtö. Contact: https://c-js.info/2whBO2v

In 2019, gtö & BES will come together for a joint symposium with support from the Association for Tropical Biology & Conservation. This collaborative venture will bring together ecologists from the UK & Europe, together with their research partners from across the entire tropics. Submissions for Thematic Sessions, which will feature at this exciting joint Symposium, are now open.

09/04/2019   Ocean Business 2019   3 Day

National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, Diversified Communications UK. Contact: https://c-js.info/2LnQVkh

09/04/2019   Indigenous knowledge and conservation management: challenges and opportunities    1 Day

Huxley Lecture Theatre, Main Meeting Rooms, ZSL London Zoo, ZSL. Contact: https://c-js.info/2OSrIkq

09/04/2019   XI Charter Network Meeting   2 Day

Tzoumerka, Acheloos Valley, Agrafa and Meteora National Park, EUROPARC Federation. Contact: https://c-js.info/2VH1RvN

09/04/2019   4th Natura 2000 Monitoring workshop   1 Day

Doñana, Spain, Eurosite. Contact: https://c-js.info/2QBlPnQ

10/04/2019   EUGIC 2019   2 Day

Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, EUGIC 2019 London. Contact: info@eugic.events https://c-js.info/2R1Nsqn

24/04/2019   Mitigating single pathogen and co-infections that threaten amphibian biodiversity    2 Day

Huxley Lecture Theatre, Main Meeting Rooms, ZSL London Zoo, ZSL. Contact: https://c-js.info/2OO65Sq

 

Administrative and Office Skills

06/04/2019   Conservation Career Starter Training Workshop   4 Day

FSC Juniper Hall, Dorking RH5 6DA, WildTeam UK. Contact: beth@wildteam.org.uk http://www.conservation-careers.com/workshop

Start your career in conservation and gain vital skills to boost your CV.

07/04/2019   Introduction to wildlife rescue and rehabilitation   1 Day

Highbridge, Secret World Wildlife Rescue. Contact: 01278 783250 info@secretworld.org https://www.secretworld.org/

Please visit our website for more information

09/04/2019   BatExplorer Software Course   1 Day

Linlithgow, BatAbility Courses & Tuition. Contact: 07877570590 neil.middleton@batability.co.uk https://www.batability.co.uk:/events/

In-house tutorial, Creating Projects, Analysis of Individual Calls, Species Labeling, Species Batching, Creating Filters, AutoID, Exporting Data, Call structure as influenced by habitat

23/04/2019   Effective Communication for Women   1 Day

South West England, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net http://events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/23042019000000EffectiveCommunicationSkillsforWomen.aspx

This training is designed to help women achieve confidence, credibility and composure in any workplace situation and will explore a range of skills and techniques to help you get your ideas across, resolve long-standing conflicts, shine in meetings and persuade and influence others.

24/04/2019   Demystifying Map Projections   1 Day

Southampton, GeoData, University of Southampton. Contact: 023 8059 2719 training@geodata.soton.ac.uk http://www.geodata.soton.ac.uk/training/

The course is designed to provide GIS professionals with practical training in handling coordinate systems (map projections and datums) within industry standard GIS packages (MapInfo and ArcGIS). It is focussed on practicalities such as knowing when a dataset is correctly projected or which projection to choose in a given situation.

25/04/2019   Habitats Regulations Appraisal Projects (England & Wales)   1 Day

South West England, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net http://events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/25042019000000HabitatsRegulationsAssessmentHRAofProjectsEnglandWales.aspx

This training has been designed to give delegates a thorough understanding of the overall purpose, process and methodology of the HRA of projects. As well as covering relevant policy and legislation, the course also explores the key stages of the HRA process, with professional tips and hints on compliance and best practice.

25/04/2019   QGIS for Ecologists and Conservation Practitioners   1 Day

South East England, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net http://events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/25042019000000QGISforEcologistsandConservationPr 

The course is designed to enable you to become a competent GIS operator with a practical focus on producing survey maps and analysing data derived from your surveys.

28/04/2019   Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release for Veterinary Professionals - CPD Training   1 Day

Highbridge, Secret World Wildlife Rescue. Contact: 01278 783250 info@secretworld.org https://www.secretworld.org/

Please visit our website for more information

30/04/2019   Management Training - London   1 Day

St. Luke's Community Centre, 90 Central St, EC1V 8AJ, London, Talk Action. Contact: 0207 324 4775 training@talkaction.org http://www.talkaction.org/training/introductiontomanagement/

A leadership and management training programme that offers new and soon-to-be managers the opportunity to build confidence, learn key skills, and explore a variety of management techniques.

30/04/2019   ArcGIS: Introduction to Coastal and Marine GIS   3 Day

Southampton, GeoData, University of Southampton. Contact: 023 8059 2719 training@geodata.soton.ac.uk http://www.geodata.soton.ac.uk/training/

This course introduces GIS concepts and techniques using ArcGIS 10 and provides you with the background and skills necessary to utilise powerful GIS tools tailored to the coastal and marine environment. You will learn about available coastal and marine GIS datasets, which also form the basis for the course exercises.

 

Community Engagement and Environmental Education

02/04/2019   Facilitation Training - London   1 Day

St. Lukes' Community Centre, Talk Action. Contact: 02073244775 training@talkaction.org http://www.talkaction.org/training/facilitation-training/

Gain the practical tools and techniques to make your facilitation skills engaging and productive.

03/04/2019   Integrating drama & performance with nature   1 Day

Stirling, TCV Scotland. Contact: 01787 479697 Scotland-training@tcv.org.uk http://tcvscotland.eventbrite.com

This workshop is designed to give you the tools to plan outdoor sessions with groups with knowledge of how to integrate local wildlife into lesson plans.

06/04/2019   Woodland Activity Leader Training   7 Day

Findhorn, Wild things. Contact: 01309 690450 enquiries@wild-things.org.uk http://www.wild-things.org.uk

If you are interested in enhancing your skills to lead groups in a woodland environment, training to become a Woodland Activity Leader will provide you with the learning and knowledge you require. Woodland Activity Leader Training is an accredited outdoor learning course and an alternative to forest school training.

10/04/2019   Train the Trainer for Ecologists (Ireland)   2 Day

Ireland, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net http://events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/10042019000000TraintheTrainerforEcologistsIreland.aspx

This unique two-day course is specially designed for ecologists and environmental professionals and covers field as well as classroom tuition. The aim is for participants to develop their training skills towards designing and delivering courses to a professional standard of tuition.

11/04/2019   Citizen Science in your Community    1 Day

Five Sisters Zoo, West Calder, The Conservation Volunteers. Contact: kirsty.grant@tcv.org.uk https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/citizen-science-in-the-community-tickets-55567066592

Learn how to use simple Citizen Science activities and surveys and include these into wildlife recording events in your community. All equipment provided, morning session learning about various uses for Citizen Science and hands on practical activities will take place in the afternoon around the zoo site.

30/04/2019   Engaging the public with Atlantic woodlands   1 Day

Borrowdale, Lake District, Plantlife . Contact: 07588 017341 April.Windle@plantlife.org.uk http://

This event is for people who work with woodlands in Cumbria, focusing on event delivery and providing you with an opportunity to design your own events using the LOST Events Toolkit resource and follow up support from the Project Officer. Please contact April Windle for further information and registration details.

 

Countryside Management Techniques

06/04/2019   Introduction to Small Woodland management   2 Day

Greenwood Centre, Ironbridge, Smallwoods Association . Contact: 01952 432769 judithadams@smallwoods.org.uk http://www.smallwoods.org.uk

In line with Forestry Commission guidelines the course will give you the background knowledge to manage a woodland sustainably. Including: Assessing the resource, Protecting the resource, Managing the resource, Producing timber, Keeping it legal, Thinking about the future. The course is classroom based with visits to different local woodlands.

15/04/2019   Woodland Management   2 Day

Cotehele, Lynher Training Ltd. Contact: 01822 832902 admin@lynher.com http://www.lynher.com

Classroom and outdoor session looking at tree identification, type & growth characteristics with a view to planning & managing a woodland..

24/04/2019   Ancient Woodland Indicators   1 Day

South West England, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net http://events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/24042019000000AncientWoodlandIndicators.aspx

This one-day course focuses on ancient woodland indicators. This includes indicator plant species and a range of other features that can be used to establish whether a woodland is ancient or secondary. It will also outline threats to and the management of ancient woodlands.

 

First Aid, Risk Assessment and other Health & Safety Related Courses

02/04/2019   ROLO Health, Safety & Environmental Awareness   1 Day

Settle BD24 9DN, Lowe Maintenance Training . Contact: 01729 825132 info@lowe-maintenance.co.uk http://www.lowe-maintenance.co.uk

This one day course is a pre requisite for anyone within the land based industries who require a CSCS card to work on sites

09/04/2019   IOSH Managing Safety   3 Day

Kensington, London, APIS Solutions. Contact: 01522 753568 info@apissolutions.co.uk http://www.apissolutions.co.uk

11/04/2019   REC Outdoor First Aid Course Level 2   2 Day

Nower Wood, Mill Way, leatherhead KT22 8QA, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk https://www.surreywildlifetrust.org/events/2019-04-11-outdoor-1st-aid-rec-level-2

Become a certified First Aider by experiencing a broad range of real-life indoor and outdoor scenarios.

20/04/2019   Outdoor First Aid 2 Days   2 Day at EICA at RATHO, Edinburgh

Outdoor First Aid (16 hours) is designed rangers, ecologists, surveyors or foresters those who work in remote locations to deal with incidents in places the emergency services wont arrive in 15 minutes! Also covers NGB awards for outdoor instructors.

25/04/2019   Outdoor First Aid 2 Days   2 Day at Transition Extreme, Aberdeen

Outdoor First Aid (16 hours) is designed rangers, ecologists, surveyors or foresters those who work in remote locations to deal with incidents in places the emergency services wont arrive in 15 minutes! Also covers NGB awards for outdoor instructors. Above two First Aid Training Co-operative courses contact: 03334330731 courses@firstaidtrainingcooperative.co.uk http://www.firstaidtrainingcooperative.co.uk

30/04/2019   NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety   10 Day

Lincoln, APIS Solutions. Contact: 01522753568 info@apissolutions.co.uk http://www.apissolutions.co.uk

This is a two week course: Week 1: w/c 30th April 2019 Week 2: w/c 20th May 2019 Revision Day: 4th June2019 Exam Day: 5th June 2019 Price: £990+vat per person

30/04/2019   Emergency First Aid at Work (Qualsafe)   1 Day

Albaston, Lynher Training Ltd. Contact: 01822 832902 admin@lynher.com http://www.lynher.com

First aiders in a workplace, where the first aid needs assessment has shown that first aiders trained in EFAW are required. EFAW training enables a first aider to give emergency first aid to someone who is injured or becomes ill while at work.

 

Identification and Field Survey Skills - Herpetology, Fish and Invertebrates

03/04/2019   Great Crested Newts and Licensing for Surveys   1 Day

Head Office, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852100 reception@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course has been designed for ecologists, rangers or land managers who are looking to undertake professional great crested newt surveys. Please note this course is not based at an FSC Centre but will be held at Rixton Claypits Local Nature Reserve, Warrington, Cheshire WA3 6EB.

03/04/2019   eDNA and Traditional Techniques for Effective Great Crested Newt Surveys    1 Day

South East England, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net http://events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/03042019000000eDNAandTraditionalTechniquesforEffectiveGreatCrestedNewtSurveys.aspx

Come on the CIEEM training course for 2019 covering eDNA, district licences and favourable conservation status for Great Crested Newts.

05/04/2019   Reptile ecology, survey, mitigation and handling (including adder)   1 Day

9C Mill Park Ind Est, White Cross Rd, Woodbury Salterton, Exeter EX5 1EL, Richard Green Ecology Ltd. Contact: 01395 239234 office@richardgreenecology.co.uk https://www.richardgreenecology.co.uk/training/

This introductory course will enable you to identify UK reptile species, suitable reptile habitat and undertake reptile survey and reporting. The course is part classroom and part field based to provide practical survey and handling experience.

05/04/2019   Identifying and Recording Water Bugs   2 Day

Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01729 830331 enquiries.mt@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This is an introductory course for anyone wanting to know how to identify water bugs. Participants will be shown how to collect, and handle, water bugs, both in the field and in the laboratory, and will be introduced to using identification keys. Participants will also be shown how to submit records.

08/04/2019   Highland Special Spring Moths   5 Day

Kindrogan, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01250 870 150 enquiries.kd@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

The Scottish Highlands provide an exciting start to the moth season where nationally scarce species Rannoch Sprawler, Rannoch Brindled Beauty and Sword-grass are to be found during March and April.

09/04/2019   Beekeeping for Beginners 1 Day Workshop   1 Day

Langtoft, near Peterborough, Bees for Business. Contact: 01778 487924 pa@beesforbusiness.com https://c-js.co.uk/2DEnYfS

Our 5-star rated workshop teaches anyone interested in keeping bees how to do so confidently and safely - you'll learn everything you need to know including how to spot for disease, handle the bees and harvest honey!

10/04/2019   Great Crested Newt Survey: Working Towards a Licence   2 Day

Falkirk, Scotland, Froglife. Contact: 01733 602102 laurence.jarvis@froglife.org http://www.fles.org.uk

The course is aimed at those just starting out with GCN surveys, or having completed a season, and working towards a GCN survey licence. Course includes – identification, distribution & ecology, legislation, disease control, survey techniques, submitting data and a practical session.   Level – Beginner / Intermediate.   Please contact for more details.

12/04/2019   An Introduction to Beekeeping   3 Day

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01300 320684 hradice@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk http://www.kingcombe.org

Learn the rudiments of this all-absorbing craft and how to nurture an insect that is crucial to us and our planet.

13/04/2019   Beekeeping 'Next Steps' 1 Day Workshop   1 Day

Langtoft, near Peterborough, Bees for Business. Contact: 01778 487924 pa@beesforbusiness.com https://c-js.co.uk/2DEnYfS

This workshop is for beginner beekeepers - ideally you will have your own bees, may have attended our Beekeeping for Beginners workshop or be helping to look after bees with someone else.

16/04/2019   Using Bioacoustics for Field Survey   1 Day

East Midlands, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net http://events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/16042019000000UsingBioacousticsforFieldSurvey.aspx

This one day, beginner to intermediate level course will cover the use of acoustic recording for birds, amphibians, invertebrates and mixed animal communities.

18/04/2019   ARC Working with Natterjacks   1 Day

Head Office, Field Studies Council and ARC. Contact: 01743 852100 reception@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course is specifically aimed at Environmental Consultants, Planners and FEP agents but everyone with an interest in natterjack toads is welcome to attend. Please note this course is not based at an FSC Centre but will be held at Millom Network Centre, Salthouse Road, Millom, Cumbria LA18 5AB.

23/04/2019   Ground Water Dependent Terrestrial Ecosystems   2 Day

Scotland, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net http://events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/23042019000000GroundWaterDependentTerrestrialEcosystems.aspx

GWDTE are a range of habitats influenced by ground water. GWDTE are wetlands which critically depend on groundwater flows and/or chemistries. As part of the assessment of groundwater status, we are required to assess if a GWDTE has been significantly damaged and if the pressure causing this damage has been transmitted via a groundwater body.

24/04/2019   Great Crested Newts with Froglife   1 Day

Epping Forest, Field Studies Council. Contact: 020 8502 8500 enquiries.ef@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

An introduction to identification, surveying and conservation of great crested newts. The day will consist of a combination of outside and indoor workshop sessions aimed at improving participants' knowledge and understanding of this species. The course will be a useful foundation for those wishing to carry out surveys.

25/04/2019   Great crested newt ecology & survey   2.5 Day

9C Mill Park Ind Est, White Cross Rd, Woodbury Salterton, Exeter EX5 1EL, Richard Green Ecology Ltd. Contact: 01395 239234 office@richardgreenecology.co.uk https://www.richardgreenecology.co.uk/training/

This introductory course will provide the skills and knowledge to undertake GCN survey, including habitat suitability assessment, identification of different life stages, torch, net, vegetation, pitfall trap, fingertip and bottle/other trap surveys . This course is spread over two days and is part classroom and part field based.

26/04/2019   Amphibian Ecology & Survey   2 Day

Nower Wood, Mill Way, leatherhead KT22 8QA, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk https://www.surreywildlifetrust.org/events/2019-04-26-amphibian-ecology-survey

Learn about amphibians and survey techniques before setting traps. Examine your finds the next morning.

26/04/2019   ARC British Reptiles and Amphibians: Identification and Survey Techniques   2 Day

Margam, Field Studies Council and ARC. Contact: 01639 895636 enquiries.mp@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

An introduction to the ecology and identification of British reptiles and amphibians, as well as non-native species that occur. The course is run by professional ecological consultants and includes sessions on survey methodology and mitigation, with a number of case studies being discussed.

26/04/2019   Identifying Hoverflies   3 Day

The course will appeal to anyone with an interest in the natural world. You won't need any prior knowledge just a willingness to immerse yourself in the life of hoverflies for a day. There will be a mix of presentations, fieldwork and identification using various guides.

26/04/2019   Soil Mesofauna   3 Day

This course, unique in the UK, has developed a reputation for excellence over the last few years. It introduces the fascinating and complex world of soil biodiversity and identification of soil mesofauna, in particular the identification of springtails and soil mites.

Above two courses with Field Studies Council at Preston Montford. Contact: 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

27/04/2019   Spring Moths for Beginners   1 Day

Epping Forest, Field Studies Council. Contact: 020 8502 8500 enquiries.ef@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

An introduction to moths; their identification, natural history and conservation. This course is aimed at anyone with an interest in moths whether you are a beginner or are already moth-watching and want a little more 'methodology' and knowledge of the main moth groups.

29/04/2019   Reptile Surveying and Handling   1 Day at Nr Exeter

Introductory level course, especially relevant to consultancy as a huge proportion of consultancy work during summer involves reptile surveying and translocation projects. Course includes identification of UK reptiles, reptile handling (slow worms and non-native snakes), field visit to survey a 'development site', and a presentation about mitigation strategies.

30/04/2019   Great Crested Newt Ecology and Surveying   1 Day at Langton Matravers, Nr Swanage

Introductory level course suitable for those working in consultancy or conservation, covering the following topics:  Ecology and habitat requirements of GCN's; Identification; and Survey techniques. There will also be a practical session making bottle traps, as well as evening and early morning field visits to undertake basic survey techniques.

Above two courses with Acorn Ecology Ltd. Contact: 01392 366512 training@acornecology.co.uk https://c-js.co.uk/2xSEjfq

30/04/2019   Working Towards a Great Crested Newt Licence   2 Day

Preston Montford, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

The course provides a balance of classroom and field-based sessions for those interested in acquiring a great crested newt licence. Coursework covers: species identification, the legislative framework and the ecology of great crested newts. Practical sessions will give participants hands-on experience of the relevant survey methods and practice in habitat assessment.

 

Identification and Field Survey Skills - Mammals

01/04/2019   Badger Ecology and Survey   1 Day in North West England http://events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/01042019000000BadgerEcologyandSurvey.aspx

A one-day introductory course on badgers, including a field visit and classroom sessions.

02/04/2019   Badger Mitigation   1 Day in North West England http://events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/02042019000000BadgerMitigation.aspx

Penny and Dave Lewns lead this one-day course covering the impacts of different types of development on badgers and the options for mitigation.

04/04/2019   Introduction to Bat Ecology and Bat Surveys   1 Day in  South West England, http://events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/04042019000000IntroductiontoBatEcologyandBatSurveys.aspx

The course provides an introduction to key skills, experience and knowledge necessary for undertaking professional bat work in the UK.

05/04/2019   Bats: Impact Assessment and Mitigation   1 Day in South West England http://events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/05042019000000BatsImpactAssessmentofDevelopmentMitigationandEnhancements.aspx

This course covers impacts on bats of different types of development and various mitigation and enhancement requirements for planning. The course is appropriate for all those undertaking professional bat work in the UK

Above courses contact: CIEEM, 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net

05/04/2019   Deer Ecology   3 Day

Kindrogan, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01250 870 150 enquiries.kd@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Explore the Scottish Highlands in search of British deer species. Learn to identify them from visual clues and indirect signs such as tracks and droppings. Discover more about their ecology and history - including the British pastime of stocking deer at stately homes and parks.

06/04/2019   CyberTracker Track & Sign Evaluation   2 Day

Midhurst, John Rhyder. Contact: 07795313424 info@woodcraftschool.co.uk http://www.woodcraftschool.co.uk/courses/bushcraft-nature-courses/cybertracking.html

This is a two-day practical field test that emphasise open, honest dialogue and real learning. The tracks and sign of any and all species encountered in the field may be asked, Tracker Certifications emphasise practical tracking and the development of reliable field skills, no prior training is required to participate.

06/04/2019   Introduction to Mammals   1 Day

Amersham, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01494 721054 enquiries.am@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

The aim of the course is to give an introduction to the identification, ecology and behaviour of our native small mammals both by physical characteristics and the signs they leave in the environment. It will include opportunities to observe some of our small mammals and learn about their adaptations.

15/04/2019   Badger Ecology and Surveys   1 Day in South West England http://events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/15042019000000BadgerEcologyandSurvey.aspx

A one-day introductory course on badgers, including a field visit and classroom sessions.

16/04/2019   Badger Mitigation   1 Day in South West England http://events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/16042019000000BadgerMitigation.aspx

Penny and Dave Lewns lead this one-day course covering the impacts of different types of development on badgers and the options for mitigation.

16/04/2019   Badger Survey, Impacts and Mitigation    1 Day in Scotland http://events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/16042019000000BadgerSurveyImpactsandMitigation.aspx

This workshop will provide an overview of badger legislation, ecology and survey in the morning. In the afternoon impacts to badgers and mitigation options will be discussed, to include sett exclusion, destruction and artificial sett construction. A field visit to a site local to the classroom will look at badger field signs.

17/04/2019   Water Vole Live Trapping, Handling, Practical Care and Re-establishment   2 Day in South West England http://events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/17042019000000WaterVoleLiveTrappingHandlingPracticalCareandReestablishment.aspx

This advanced course aims to familiarise experienced practitioners with the practical elements of water vole trapping and considerations for maintaining water voles in captivity. Delegates will have opportunities to handle water voles of different ages and sexes, consider the requirements pertinent to the effective re-establishment of water vole populations and techniques to assist with successful restoration.

Above courses contact: CIEEM, 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net

23/04/2019   Otter Ecology and Surveying   1 Day

Nr Exeter, Acorn Ecology Ltd. Contact: 01392 366512 training@acornecology.co.uk https://c-js.co.uk/2xSEjfq

Introductory level course covering: otter biology and ecology; identifying otters and their field signs; legal status of otters; and otter conservation. The course will include a field trip to look for signs of otters.

24/04/2019   Bat Survey Methods for Ecologists   3 Day

Linlithgow, BatAbility Courses & Tuition. Contact: 07877570590 neil.middleton@batability.co.uk https://www.batability.co.uk/events/

Intro to Bats, Survey Guidelines, Bats & Built Environment, Bats & Trees, Bat Detector Tutorial, Dusk Emergence/Re-entry Survey Methods, Transect Methods, Equipment Overview, Practical Sessions, Hints & Tips

25/04/2019   Introduction to Bats - Knowledge of Bats   1 Day

Overton, CA Ecology. Contact: 07933941470 claire@caecology.co.uk http://www.caecology.co.uk

This course is for people wanting to start training towards a bat licence and/or gain knowledge and skills necessary to independently and competently undertake professional surveys involving bats. Topics covered include: evolutionary history, diversity and ecological values; identification; basic biology and physiology; and legal and planning policy issues.

25/04/2019   Surveying for Bats   1 Day

East Midlands, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net http://events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/25042019000000SurveyingforBats.aspx

This course is designed to provide delegates with the required information to understand why, when and how to survey for bats professionally. The course will give a comprehensive overview of all the different bat survey methods that can be employed, as well as sessions on the law and licensing, basic species ecology and identification, and site visits (weather permitting) to known bat roosts in the beautiful surrounds of Clumber Park.

26/04/2019   Surveying for Bats – Assessing Habitats and Buildings    1 Day

Overton, CA Ecology. Contact: 07933941470 claire@caecology.co.uk http://www.caecology.co.uk

This course is for people wanting to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to independently and competently undertake professional surveys involving bats. Topics covered include: assessing habitat; how to conduct a survey; what to look for; building terminology; typical and atypical roosts; assigning potential; and a practical session.

26/04/2019   An Introduction to Bats   0.5 Day

Attenborough Nature Reserve, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Contact: 0115 972 1777 enquiries@attenboroughnaturecentre.co.uk https://c-js.co.uk/2KAo6wR

Attenborough Nature Reserve is one of the best places in the county to see bats. This evening starts with a fascinating talk, followed by a walk around the reserve using bat detectors. 7.30-10.30pm.

27/04/2019   Discovering Bats in Epping Forest   1 Day

Epping Forest, Field Studies Council. Contact: 020 8502 8500 enquiries.ef@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This extensive day and evening course assumes no previous knowledge of bats. Topics include identification, biology and echolocation with the chance to have a closer look at bats both in the laboratory and the field. Participants will learn about the behaviour of UK bat species as well as nomenclature and classification.

27/04/2019   An Introduction to Bats   0.5 Day

Idle Valley Nature Reserve, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Contact: 0115 972 1777 enquiries@attenboroughnaturecentre.co.uk https://c-js.co.uk/2KAo6wR

Idle Valley Nature Reserve is a great place to see bats. Join bat experts for an evening talk and walk around the reserve using bat detectors. 7.30-10.30pm.

29/04/2019   Bat Surveys: an introduction to bats, buildings and activity surveys   1 Day in Sheffield

https://www.wildsheffield.com/event/bat-surveys-an-introduction-to-bats-buildings-and-activity-surveys-2/

Introduction to biology, ecology and identification of British bats, bat legislation, planning and conducting preliminary roost assessments of buildings, nocturnal activity surveys, use of bat detectors. Discounts available for students and members of SRWT.

30/04/2019   Bat Surveys: an introduction to bats and tree surveys   1 Day in Sheffield

https://www.wildsheffield.com/event/bat-surveys-an-introduction-to-bats-and-tree-surveys-2/

Introduction to biology, ecology and identification of British bats, bat legislation, planning and conducting ground based tree assessments, demonstration of aerial survey and endoscope use, nocturnal activity surveys, use of bat detectors. Discounts available for students and members of SRWT. 10% discount if booked with the Bats and Buildings course.

Above two courses with Wildscapes (Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust). Contact: 0114 279 2667 info@wildscapes.co.uk

30/04/2019   Bat Ecology   1 Day

Nower Wood, Mill Way, Leatherhead KT22 8QA, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk https://www.surreywildlifetrust.org/events/2019-04-30-bat-ecology

Learn about the unique biology and ecology of bats. You will meet live bats before walking in the woods to detect them.

30/04/2019   Bat Mitigation: Principles and Designs   2 Day

Chipping, Ecology Services UK Ltd. Contact: 019956142 info@ecologyservice.co.uk http://www.ecologyservice.co.uk

A comprehensive course for all ecologists involved in bat mitigation. You will learn how to characterise bat roosts in order to design effective mitigation for all bat species

30/04/2019   Dormouse Ecology and Surveying   1 Day

Nr Exeter, Acorn Ecology Ltd. Contact: 01392 366512 training@acornecology.co.uk https://c-js.co.uk/2xSEjfq

This course is a first step towards gaining your dormouse licence, and the trainer will usually be prepared to act as one of your referees for this purpose. Course includes dormouse ecology and conservation, survey techniques, best practice in handling dormice (demonstrated) and a dormouse nest box check.

 

Identification and Field Survey Skills - Ornithology

05/04/2019   Introduction to Birds   1 Day

Amersham, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01494 721054 enquiries.am@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

An introduction to identifying common (and occasionally less common) birds using sight and sound. No prior experience is necessary, just an enthusiasm to get out and have a go.

05/04/2019   Birdwatching for Absolute Beginners   2 Day

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course is designed for absolute beginners to birdwatching and will teach the basics of bird identification. This will include birds commonly seen in gardens and also the ducks and waders on the local estuary. Basic fieldcraft skills will be used to help identify birds from their behaviour, location, song and calls.

05/04/2019   Peregrine Falcon: Ecology, Survey and Mitigation    1 Day

West Midlands, CIEEM. Contact: enquiries@cieem.net http://events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/05042019000000PeregrineFalconEcologySurveyandMitigation.aspx

This course aims to provide an up-to-date understanding of peregrine ecology, current conservation status and threats. In particular the course aims to provide examples of effective survey, timings and precautions in respect of development and mitigation examples.

06/04/2019   Woodland Birds of Epping Forest   1 Day

Epping Forest, Field Studies Council. Contact: 020 8502 8500 enquiries.ef@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Get to grips with woodland bird identification on a relaxed spring walk around the ancient woodland that is Epping Forest. Our day will incorporate bird identification, bird vocalisations and bird behaviour as we explore this beautiful location. Fee includes FSC foldout chart Top 50 Garden Birds.

12/04/2019   An Introduction to Bird Watching   3 Day

Rhyd-y-creuau, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01690 710494 enquiries.rc@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

The aim of this course is to identify many of the more common breeding birds of North Wales by sight and sound. This will be a relaxing course, suitable for beginners. We will walk in some of the lovely places in the beautiful Conwy Valley. There will be a short introduction to the course in the classroom on the first evening and an opportunity to get out early in the morning to sample the dawn chorus in nearby woodland habitat.

13/04/2019   Birdwatching in Bushy Park   1 Day

Bushy Park, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Bushy Park is a great location to spot resident and migrant birds in spring. The course is designed to help you observe and identify birds. Spend the day visiting the open parkland, the ponds, the gardens with their wooded areas and the wetland being developed in the Brewhouse fields not usually accessible to the public.

13/04/2019   Birds of Cattawade Marshes   1 Day

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Visiting a variety of habitats around Flatford Mill, participants will explore marshland, grassland and the River Stour itself as the group make best use of local weather conditions to watch and discover more about the local avifauna. The emphasis will be on helping everyone feel more confident about identifying birds.

30/04/2019   Identifying Birds by Sight and Sound   2 Day

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01300 320684 hradice@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk http://www.kingcombe.org

Whether you're new to birding or have some previous experience, join DWT’s Hamish Murray on a birding exploration around Powerstock Common and Kingcombe Meadows nature reserves.

 

Identification and Field Survey Skills - Plants and Habitats

04/04/2019   Tree Biology & Identification   1 Day

Nower Wood, Mill Way, leatherhead KT22 8QA, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk https://www.surreywildlifetrust.org/events/2019-04-04-tree-biology-identification

Discover the evolution and biology of trees, develop your ID skills using a variety of methods on an expert led walk.

06/04/2019   BLS Introducing Lichens   1 Day

Greenwich Park, Field Studies Council and BLS. Contact: 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Discover the world of lichens through this one-day course which requires no previous knowledge. The day will offer both classroom and site fieldwork to introduce what lichen are and recognise some of the more common species.

07/04/2019   Ancient Woodlands of Britain   5 Day

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

The course will look at woodland management and how native woods are managed and perpetuated. It will include studies of: shade, the reproduction of trees, soils, coppicing and other management practices as well as tree diseases.

08/04/2019   Connecting Wildlife   1 Day

Nower Wood, Mill Way, leatherhead KT22 8QA, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk https://www.surreywildlifetrust.org/events/2019-04-08-connecting-wildlife

Through a series of practical workshops we will demonstrate your role in enhancing wildlife corridors.

09/04/2019   An Introduction to the NVC   2 Day

Scotland, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net http://events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/09042019000000AnIntroductiontotheNVC.aspx

This course is designed as an introduction to vegetation identification at the broad community level, as described by Rodwell et al. This will involve excursions to a range of habitats within the NVC manuals on Woodlands, Mires and Heaths and Grasslands, where the most common habitats are found. Methods for NVC will be shown and undertaken by practical exercises in a host of vegetation communities and some botanical identification is desirable but not essential.

12/04/2019   Lichens of Pembrokeshire   4 Day

Orielton, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01646 623920 enquiries.or@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Explore lichens along the oak-clad Cleddau estuary, following the CENNAD Lawrenny lichen trail designed by Plantlife Pembrokeshire lichen apprentices. Uncover some of the Pembrokeshire saxicolous specialities decorating St David's Cathedral, its gravestones and walls. Search for specialist niche lichens on Stackpole's sandy cliffs and Broad Haven's rocky shore.

12/04/2019   Tree Health - pests & diseases   1 Day

Hockeridge & Pancake Woods and The Old School, Ashley Green, Bucks, Royal Forestry Society. Contact: http://www.rfs.org.uk/events/2019/april/tree-health-pests-diseases-rfs-one-day-training-course/

This course is designed to provide delegates with the skills and understanding to identify the common tree pests and diseases in the UK and to provide options and discussion on ways we can mitigate damage against them.  

13/04/2019   Introduction to Plant Morphology   1 Day

Regents Park, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course aims to guide you through the basic elements of flowering plant anatomy and explain what some of the apparently tortuous language refers to. Participants will use hand lenses to examine 'simple' flowers such as buttercups right through to the 'dreaded' grasses.

25/04/2019   Introduction to Phase 1 Habitat Surveys   1 Day

Sheffield, Wildscapes (Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust). Contact: 0114 2792667 info@wildscapes.co.uk https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-phase-1-habitat-surveys-tickets-53906738506

Covering how to plan, conduct and write up a Phase 1 Habitat Survey. Morning classroom session followed by practical session in the afternoon. Discounts available for students and members of SRWT.

26/04/2019   Fieldwork Skills Weekend   3 Day

Preston Montford Field Centre, Growing Confidence Project, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743852040 gc@field-studies-council.org http://www.field-studies-council.org/gc

Learn about how to carry out surveys of wildlife and plants and find out about field techniques. During this weekend we’ll explore Preston Montford and other sites in Shropshire, learning from experts and getting involved in doing fieldwork! Age 16 - 25

27/04/2019   The Mountain Environment of Snowdonia   1 Day

Moel Siabod Café, Snowdonia, Wales, Natures Work. Contact: 07816 727414 info@natureswork.co.uk http://www.natureswork.co.uk/training-courses/course-calendar-2019/

This workshop aims to develop your understanding & knowledge of the nature of the mountain environment. The workshop focuses on the environment of Snowdonia & identification of flowers but also providing an overview of the mountain environment in general. The course is designed to help you to identify the special features & characteristics of the natural world with attention to the relationship between rock type, water & plantlife.

27/04/2019   How to Use Plant Identification Keys   1 Day

Regents Park, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course will take the fear out of 'keying out'. Participants will be introduced to a range of different keys and their strengths and weaknesses will be explored. The group will also practise on plant material in the classroom and around the park.

27/04/2019   Wonderful World of Trees   2 Day

Greenwood Centre, Ironbridge, Smallwoods Association . Contact: 01952 432769 judithadams@smallwoods.org.uk http://www.smallwoods.org.uk

Investigate the structure of trees and how they interact within the woodland environment. Germination, Growth and Development. Tree Function, Flower Structure, Roots, Leaves and autumn colour, Tree Maturity, Crown Recession and Death. Features of ancient trees. How trees Communicate, their Close Associations and their Strategies for Survival and Longevity.

28/04/2019   Glaciation in the Upland Environment   1 Day

Moel Siabod Café, Snowdonia, Wales, Natures Work. Contact: 07816 727414 info@natureswork.co.uk http://www.natureswork.co.uk/training-courses/course-calendar-2019/

This workshop is designed to develop your understanding of glaciation at a global scale & at local, regional level. North Wales has a classical glaciated landscape with spectacular examples of glacial features & landforms. We will identify & explain the formation of these features both large & small scale including features of erosion, transportation & deposition. Bring a notebook, pencil & camera.

29/04/2019   Plant Identification for Wild Food & Medicine Customised NCFE L4   5 Day

Midhurst, Woodcraft School ltd. Contact: 01730 816299 info@woodcraftschool.co.uk http://www.woodcraftschool.co.uk/courses/bushcraft-nature-courses/plant-identification-for-wild-food-medicine.html

Plant and tree identification, effects of plant constituents, wild foods and nutrition, alternatives to pharmaceutical medicines, uses of individual plants, simple treatment approaches to common and minor illnesses herbs for basic first aid, harvesting plants, how to make herbal medications, folklore experimentation with wild foods and recipes.

 

Photography

05/04/2019   Spring Digital Photography   4 Day

Dale Fort, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01646 636205 enquiries.df@field-studies-council.org https://c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

Planning to get the most out of Pembrokeshire's spectacular landscape and natural history, we will visit a number of different locations shooting not only fantastic landscapes, but also plant and animal life. Prior photographic knowledge is useful to get the most out of the course, but advice and guidance are on hand.

13/04/2019   Springtime Photography in Epping Forest   1 Day

Epping Forest, Field Studies Council. Contact: 020 8502 8500 enquiries.ef@field-studies-council.org https://c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

Modern cameras, abundant with features, end up permanently set on the Auto function; so bewildering are the options! Come and learn how to use your camera to achieve interesting photographs of the spring flora and fauna in Epping Forest.

15/04/2019   Landscape Photography Workshop   3 Day

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01300 320684 kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk http://www.kingcombe.org

Develop your skills in technique, composition and image-processing on this photographic workshop covering the land and coast of west Dorset, with Mark Bauer.

15/04/2019   Photography Especially for Beginners   3 Day

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org https://c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

This course is ideal for photographers looking to release the potential of their cameras and their own creativity. To be able to reach your potential as a photographer you first need to master the camera. The first part of this course is designed to help you achieve this.

 

Practical Countryside Skills

06/04/2019   Dry Stone Walling    1 Day

Settle BD24 9DN, Lowe Maintenance Training . Contact: 01729 825132 info@lowe-maintenance.co.uk http://www.lowe-maintenance.co.uk

Have a go at dry stone walling, the day involves repairing a gap in a dry stone wall, subject to site location and will vary from one location to another.

20/04/2019   Taster day in dry stone walling   1 Day

Pensychnant Conwy, Wales Branch of Dry Stone Walling Association. Contact: 01766 513213 pasmyth@btinternet.com http://www.drystonewallingwales

A basic introduction to dry stone walling

 

Practical Countryside Skills - Machinery

01/04/2019   NPTC Assessments - Chainsaw   1 Day in Tamar Valley

Assessment only through NPTC

01/04/2019   Chainsaw - Aerial Tree Pruning Unit 307 & Aerial Tree Rigging Unit 309 (previously CS40/41) (NPTC)    5 Day in Wadebridge

This is an advanced course for tree surgeons who already hold units 201,202,203,206,306 &308 (were CS30,31,38 & 39) as well as reasonable tree climbing experience and their own equipment. First Aid training is strongly recommended.

01/04/2019   Chainsaw - Maintenance, Crosscutting & Felling to 380 mm (Units 201,202, 203) (was NPTC units CS30 & 31)    5 Day in Milton Abbott/Roadford

Anyone who is required to maintain and operate chainsaws where an NPTC certificate is required, or those wishing to fell trees over 380mm, or to go on to use a chainsaw in a tree. Suitable for those with little or no experience or previous certification. 5 days of training in preparation for the NPTC assessments.

Above courses with Lynher Training Ltd. Contact: 01822 832902 admin@lynher.com http://www.lynher.com

01/04/2019   Chainsaw Maintenance, Cross Cutting and Felling and Processing of Trees up to 380mm (formally CS30 and CS31) NPTC / City and Guilds    4 Day

Four days training plus a fifth day for the assessment. Covering the maintenance of a chainsaw, cross cutting and felling and processing trees upto 380mm in diameter Ideal for those new to chainsaws or those needing certificates of competence evidence.

03/04/2019   Safe Use of Leaf Blowers NPTC / City and Guilds    0.5 Day

Half a day integrated training and assessment covering pre use checks, maintenance and safe use. Ideal for those in industries such as horticultural, landscaping, grounds maintenance sectors.

Above two courses contact Lowe Maintenance Training, Settle BD24 9DN. Contact: 01729 825132 info@lowe-maintenance.co.uk http://www.lowe-maintenance.co.uk

03/04/2019   Abrasive Wheels (Lanra)   1 Day

Plymouth, Lynher Training Ltd. Contact: 01822 832902 admin@lynher.com http://www.lynher.com

1 day for all users - practical assessment with short questions at end of course. Refresher training is recommended every 3 to 5 years. The course covers bothHand Held & Bench Mounted.

04/04/2019   RSPH Level 2 Award in the safe use of Rodenticides   1 Day

Bury St Edmunds, Pest Solution. Contact: 01284 766362 info@pestsolution.co.uk http://www.pestcontroltraining.co

The RSPH Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Rodenticides provides learners with an understanding of why the purchase and use of rodenticides is controlled and why other rodent control methods should be considered before rodenticides are used.

08/04/2019   Tree Climbing & Aerial Rescue Unit 206, 306 (was CS38) (NPTC)    5 Day at Saltram House/Plymouth

Anyone climbing trees 'professionally'. This course involves NO chainsaw use and can be completed prior to units CS30 or CS31 for people who want to use a chainsaw in a tree, or as a stand-alone unit for tree inspectors, bat workers, etc.

08/04/2019   Tree Pests and Diseases (City and Guilds/Lynher) DAY1   2 Day at Cotehele

This course is designed to introduce arboriculture to those who have limited knowledge oftree pests & diseases, leading to a fuller understanding of the signs and symptoms that a tree presents so that a competent inspection may be carried out. It will introduce the topics below and will enable the candidates to develop an initial knowledge base that will form the basis of further reading, understanding and if wanted, formal qualifications. 2 days.

Above courses with Lynher Training Ltd. Contact: 01822 832902 admin@lynher.com http://www.lynher.com

08/04/2019   Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue (formally CS38) NPTC / City and Guilds    5 Day

A five day course plus one day assessment. Covering accessing a tree safely, positioning techniques within the crown and aerial rescue methods. Equipment can be provided please contact us for more details

09/04/2019   ATV Sit Astride (Quad bikes) NPTC / City and Guilds    1 Day

One day training plus one day assessment covering maintenance, pre use checks and safe operation of quad bikes (sit astride). Ideal for those working in agriculture, game keeping, landscaping, forestry etc.

Above two courses contact Lowe Maintenance Training, Settle BD24 9DN. Contact: 01729 825132 info@lowe-maintenance.co.uk http://www.lowe-maintenance.co.uk

09/04/2019   Pesticides - Knapsack Sprayer PA1 and PA6a (NPTC)   2 Day at Tamar Valley

Anyone using, or purchasing, pesticides, herbicides or fungicides, and applying them with a knapsack sprayer. 2 days for training -(Foundation module + one other) separate assessments (usually within 4 weeks of the training). The course covers: Foundation Module (PA1 COMPULSORY): - 1 Day. Knapsack Sprayer Module (PA6a OPTION): -1 Day

09/04/2019   4x4 Off Road Driving (Lantra)   1 Day at Winkleigh

This course is designed to give candidates the practical skills and knowledge required to safely derive 4x4 vehicles in an off road environment. There is an assessment of these skills at the end of the day to qualify candidates for the Lantra certificate of competence.

10/04/2019   Professional Tree Inspection (Lantra)   3 Day at Cotehele

This is a course for experienced arboriculturalists with an in depth knowledge of tree science, tree health and tree ID and at least 5 years forestry experience. 3 days to include written and practical exam. Classroom based + site visit.

Above courses with Lynher Training Ltd. Contact: 01822 832902 admin@lynher.com http://www.lynher.com

10/04/2019   Safe Use of Brush Cutters and Trimmers NPTC / City and Guilds    1 Day

This course is being part funded through the Stories in Stone project, One day integrated training and assessment covering pre use checks, maintenance and safe use. Ideal for those in industries such as horticultural, landscaping, grounds maintenance sectors.

11/04/2019   Safe Use of Rat and Mice Poison NPTC / City and Guilds    1 Day

Any one who uses rat/mice poison as a professional (farmer/gamekeeper/pest controller etc) will need a certificate of competence from Spring 2016. This one day course plus one day assessment upon achievement will enable you to purchase the rodenticides you require for pest control, this is also available online (learn at home then attend the face to face practical assessment)

Above two courses contact Lowe Maintenance Training, Settle BD24 9DN. Contact: 01729 825132 info@lowe-maintenance.co.uk http://www.lowe-maintenance.co.uk

11/04/2019   Woodchipper (NPTC)   1 Day at Morval

1 day for all users - practical assessment with short questions at end of course. Refresher training is recommended every 3 to 5 years

11/04/2019   NPTC Assessments - Chainsaw   1 Day at Tamar Valley

Assessment only through NPTC

11/04/2019   NPTC Assessments - Pesticides   1 Day at Tamar Valley

Assessment only through NPTC

15/04/2019   Chainsaw - Maintenance, Crosscutting & Felling to 200 mm (Lantra)   4 Day at Saltram/Roadford

Anyone using a chainsaw to fell small trees for work or domestic purposes. Operators who wish to continue to felling trees over 200mm, or to use a chainsaw in trees should attend the five day maintenance cross cutting and felling small trees training course in preparation for the NPTC assessment.

Above courses with Lynher Training Ltd. Contact: 01822 832902 admin@lynher.com http://www.lynher.com

15/04/2019   Safe Use of Powered Pole Pruner NPTC / City and Guilds   1 Day

One day integrated training and assessment covering pre use checks, maintenance and safe use. Ideal for those in industries such as horticultural, landscaping, grounds maintenance sectors.

15/04/2019   PA1 - Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Pesticides NPTC / City and Guilds   1 Day

This is a pre requisite for other pesticide application units, assessment is through on online multiple choice exam. Grandfather Rights unit 1 can be run along side this course

16/04/2019   PA6a - Safe Application of Pesticides Using Pedestrian Hand Held Equipment (knapsacks/lance from a tank) NPTC / City and Guilds    1 Day

This course is for people who use knapsacks or hand lances from a tank, the pre-requisite is PA1. Training is one day plus one day for the assessment.

17/04/2019   PA2a - Safe Application of Pesticides Using Self-propelled, Mounted & Trailed Boom Sprayers NPTC / City and Guilds    1 Day

This course is for people who use mounted, trailed boom sprayers, the pre-requisite is PA1. Training is one day plus one day for the assessment. Grandfather Rights Unit 3 can be run along side this course.

19/04/2019   Safe Use of Manually Fed Woodchippers NPTC / City and Guilds    1 Day

One day integrated training and assessment covering pre use checks, maintenance and safe use. Ideal for those in industries such as horticultural, landscaping, grounds maintenance sectors.

20/04/2019   Refresher in Tree climbing and rescue (CS38)   1 Day

This course is for those who require a refresher in tree climbing and rescue, a Lowe Maintenance Certificate of Competence will be provided

22/04/2019   Chainsaw Maintenance, Cross Cutting and Felling and Processing of Trees up to 380mm (formally CS30 and CS31) NPTC / City and Guilds    4 Day

Four days training plus a fifth day for the assessment. Covering the maintenance of a chainsaw, cross cutting and felling and processing trees upto 380mm in diameter Ideal for those new to chainsaws or those needing certificates of competence evidence.

Above courses contact Lowe Maintenance Training, Settle BD24 9DN. Contact: 01729 825132 info@lowe-maintenance.co.uk http://www.lowe-maintenance.co.uk

25/04/2019   Practical Wasp Control   1 Day

Bury St Edmunds, Pest Solution. Contact: 01284 766362 info@pestsolution.co.uk http://www.pestcontroltraining.co

The course is divided into a theory session and a practical session. The aim of the course is to allow candidates to confidently be able to treat wasp and hornet nests with professional grade products as they will have received training as required by the Control of Pesticide Regulations 1986.

26/04/2019   Lantra Sit in ATV - Conventional Steer    1 Day

Skipton, North Yorkshire , Land Rover Experience North Yorkshire . Contact: 01756 611060 sophie@lre3.co.uk http://www.yorkshire.landroverexperience.co.uk

Our course covers the key fundamentals of driving, loading and health and safety. Once you have successfully carried out this course you will receive a certificate of training for Sit-in ATV (Conventional Steered). Valid 5 years. Various dates available - call for info. From £166 pp + VAT

29/04/2019   Chainsaw - Award Aerial Cutting using Free-fall Techniques Unit 308 (was CS39) (NPTC)    2 Day at Plymouth

Anyone using a chainsaw in a tree. You must already have NPTC Maintenance and Cross Cutting, Felling Small Trees (CS30 and 31), and NPTC Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue. (CS38) qualifications. First Aid training strongly recommended.

29/04/2019   Tractor Driving with Front End Loader   2 Day at Bodmin

Basic Tractor Driving with the additional Front End Loader. Lantra Awards certification

Above two courses with Lynher Training Ltd. Contact: 01822 832902 admin@lynher.com http://www.lynher.com

 

Updates and Additions to other sections of Training Directory this month

Longer courses

Land and Countryside Management

Annual Darwin Scholarship Programme 2019 with Field Studies Council

Cairngorms Wildlife Identification course with Speyside Wildlife

 

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Down 2 Earth Training

 

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