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Would you like to become more involved in your local nature reserve? There are a variety of ways in which to get involved, and you can give as much or little time as you like.

We have various opportunities to get involved, volunteers are a crucial part of managing our nature reserves. Our Ranger service team are keen to work alongside residents, businesses, community groups and schools who are keen to help enhance their local nature reserves through community volunteering projects.

Volunteering is a great way to share your enthusiasm, gain confidence, meet like minded people, being part of a community while learning new skills and making a  difference to the nature reserves across the district. If you would like to get involved or would like more information on any of the Ranger Service volunteer opportunities please fill out our online form and we'll be in touch.

Practical Conservation

Our most flexible way of volunteering, join in with our conservation work parties when you are free. Activities can involve habitat restoration, creation and maintenance of nature reserve infrastructure. This is a great way to meet other people in the local area who are also interested in preserving our local nature reserves. Refreshment will be provided by the rangers depending on length of activity.

Nature reserve community volunteer

For people who regularly visit their local Nature Reserves and are keen to  become the volunteer reserve ranger. As part of your walk around the site, you could check for clear paths, any rubbish or fly tipping issues, repairs needed and dangerous trees. Lead other like minded community spirited people on conservation tasks alongside the Countryside sites officers.

Livestock watcher

If you regularly walk around one of our grazed nature reserves, or would like to, you can help us by checking on the cows while you are there. This can involve filling their water if needed and counting them to make sure they are all present. Then sending us quick email or text to let us know once you have visited them.

This is invaluable to our Grazing Animals Project. While we check all of our animals on a daily basis, it is reassuring to know we have others doing the same.

Wildlife Data Recorder

If you have a good knowledge of flora or fauna, you may be interested in helping us compile biological records of our sites. Take part in repeatable surveys or just record the species that you have seen on your site visits.

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