Parsonage Down National Nature Reserve (NNR) are looking to recruit volunteers for seasonal tasks. Please see the following details.
We are currently looking to recruit some volunteers to help us carry out seasonal tasks at Parsonage Down National Nature Reserve. The reserve sits just of the B3083 between Shrewton and Winterbourne Stoke. Currently there is a small volunteer party that operate on a once monthly basis (usually a Tuesday) and we would like to swell these numbers with some interested locals. In short, a basic outline of what is involved is:
Travel and subsistence
- We currently offer £0.42 pence per mile for travel.
- We will cover the cost (up to £50) for a good pair of work boots.
- Various other PPE will be provided as and when required (e.g. hard hats, coats, gloves).
- Tea/Coffee/Biscuits are supplied every volunteering day.
- We provide a Christmas barbeque at the reserve every winter for volunteers and staff.
- Volunteer days are currently once per month, normally on the first Tuesday of every month.
- However due to staff paternity/holidays, the next day is scheduled for Tuesday 9th October.
- We meet at 9.30am at the Cherry Lodge Farm Office for a 10am start. Tea break is normally taken around 11.30am and lunch break around 1pm. We finish between 3-4pm.
- We are very flexible on commitment and people can turn up on a ‘as they feel like it’ basis. We would only ask that people confirm they will be attending a day or two before the work day so that staff members can plan the day accordingly. There is no need for any long term commitment!
- Training opportunities are available for quad bike, first aid and possibly brushcutter certification should volunteers like to do this.
- Ad hoc training opportunities may also be available from time to time for I.D training e.g. grass identification, hedge laying.
- There are always opportunity to mix it up and volunteer at different NNR’s as well (e.g. at Pewsey and Langley Wood) for a different experience of jobs/site/people.
Some of the jobs are:
- Hedge planting with whips, hedge laying (long term), fencing, scrub management (on block rotations) with fire, restoration of x2 dewponds, strimming, mowing visitor access trail with quad (if trained), putting in gates.
- Species monitoring for those who are keen may include Breeding Bird Surveys, monthly wintering bird count between December – February, larval web counts of certain butterfly species and moth trapping.
- Some minor, hands off livestock work may be included such as bottle feeding calves, bedding up cows in the winter etc.
We supply all tools and maintain them. On rare occasions it might be acceptable for someone to bring their own chainsaw/brushcutter if they wanted.
If anyone is interested in coming along for a taster day or would like some more information then please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 07770827834.
Thanks and best wishes,