Wild Workout - Volunteering

Tuesday 25th September 2018

Roving volunteers at The Devil's Spittleful (c) Wendy CarterRoving volunteers at The Devil's Spittleful (c) Wendy Carter

A local charity is challenging people to a wild workout as autumn approaches.

Roving volunteers (c) Carl GraefStaff at Worcestershire Wildlife Trust are looking for new recruits to join the ranks of their army of volunteers. The wildlife conservation charity, who look after more than 75 nature reserves right across the county, relies on more than 400 individuals to help with their work.

As autumn approaches and the practical work season really takes off, the Trust is launching a new weekly volunteering group and is also looking forward to resuming their volunteer groups across the nature reserves.

Helen Dorey, volunteer co-ordinator for the Trust, explained “Our current roving volunteer group is so popular that we’re having to add an extra day in order to accommodate more people.

“The group already meets twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, we’re launching a third day for people to get involved with the Trust.

“Volunteers can choose which session or sessions to join – whether it’s once a week or once a fortnight, we’re grateful for any help that people are willing to offer.

“It’s a great way to see the county – our roving volunteers meet at Lower Smite Farm and we head out to whatever nature reserve needs us most. We could be at The Devil’s Spittleful near Bewdley one day or Windmill Hill near Evesham the next.”

Volunteer groups on nature reserves

Volunteers harvesting seed at Boynes CoppiceIn addition to the roving volunteer group, many of the Trust’s nature reserves have volunteer groups associated with them. These often stop during spring and summer to allow nesting birds to breed and wildflowers to bloom.

A full list of opportunities on nature reserves can be found on the Trust’s website but volunteers are particularly needed at:

The Devil’s Spittleful near Bewdley (3rd Saturday of the month)
Wilden Marsh near Stourport (2nd Tuesday & last Sunday of the month)
Feckenham Wylde Moor in Feckenham (1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month)
Ipsley Alders Marsh in Redditch (1st Sunday of the month)
• Southern group - nature reserves near Upton upon Severn (2nd Wednesday of the month)
• Windmill Hill near Evesham (2nd Tuesday of the month)
Blackhouse Wood near Malvern (3rd Sunday of the month)
Monkwood near Worcester (1st Sunday & 3rd Thursday of the month)

Volunteers joining either the roving volunteer or a reserve-based group can expect to be involved in brash removal, coppicing trees, mowing and control of invasive species.

Log lobbers needed

Log sales volunteers at Tiddesley Wood (c) Wendy CarterThe log sales team at Tiddesley Wood, Pershore, are also in need of new volunteers and are holding a taster session for people to find out what’s involved on Sunday 14th October. Places are free but should be booked in advance.

Helen added “Our volunteers come from all walks of life and all play a key role in our organisation. Volunteering offers individuals the chance to get fit, keep healthy, take in plenty of fresh air as well as meet like-minded people.

“You don’t need any prior knowledge or skills – just enthusiasm. So whether you’re looking to gain skills for your CV or are a retiree looking to keep busy, give us a call and have a chat about what opportunities are right for you.”

Anyone interested in volunteering in these or other areas should email Helen or call her on 01905 754919.

Follow the links for more information about volunteering and volunteering opportunities with the Trust. 

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