Conservation Volunteering around the Forth
The Inner Forth is a fantastic area for wildlife and we are looking for a group of enthusiastic volunteers to help us manage some wonderful sites. We have a wide range of tasks to carry out so we need your help to keep this area special for wildlife.
What’s in it for you?
This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to get more involved with conservation in the Inner Forth Area. You will get the chance to work on some very special sites learning a huge range of new practical and identification skills, gaining invaluable experience for anyone who wants to pursue a career in conservation and we will also be offering our volunteers the opportunity for more formal training resulting in valuable qualifications (e.g. brushcutter tickets, first aid qualificitation, etc). There will be opportunities to help at public engagement events too.
In addition to all of this you will of course get the chance to work with some fantastic people and maybe meet some new friends, all the while knowing you are contributing to nature conservation and really making a difference to your local area.
The skills you need
You don't need any previous experience or any specific skills (although an aptitude for practical work would be useful) but you do need to be enthusiastic about conservation and nature. You will be carrying out practical work in all weather conditions so will need to be prepared for that, a reasonable level of fitness and an up to date tetanus would also be good.
What you'll be up to
The activites that the volunteer parties take part in is very varied. Recently groups have been maintaining a wildflower garden at RSPB Skinflats Reserve, clearing fly-tipped material and litter-picking at Kinneil Lagoons, and even headed out to another RSPB Reserve at Inversnaid to remove bracken from Pollochro Woods SSSI. Groups also regularly take part in vegetation management and the removal of invasive species from protected areas. There's always a variety of work available, and something to suit everyone's skillset.
A volunteer work party pulling bracken at Inversnaid. Photo: Allison Leonard RSPB.
Minimum commitment: 2 days per month (days TBC)
Period: All year round
All volunteering days are listed on the events calendar.
- 16 Dec 17 Following their dig at Higgins Neuk in October the SCAPE Trust are reconvening for a finds and feedback workshop at Callendar House...
- 10 Jan 18 The wildlife site at Bridgeness Ship Breakers in Bo'ness is well used by the local community, as well as people following the r...
- 14 Jan 18 Join RSPB staff on a Wetland Wander. Enjoy a guided walk of RSPB Black Devon Wetlands to hear about some of the wildlife, habit...
- 31 Jan 18 Winter Wader Workshop Join Ben Darvill of BTO Scotland for a day of identifying waders on the Forth. Have you ever opened a...
- 02 Feb 18 Join IFLI's Cultural Heritage Officer Kirsty McAlister for an informative walk around the historic town of Culross. The tow...