Volunteer opportunities with the National Trust

Volunteer opportunities with the National Trust
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The latest volunteer opportunities for this summer from the National Trust

Beach Cleans 

Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall
Roseland community beach cleans at Porthcurnick and Pendower,
6 June, 4 July & 1 August, 10am – 11.30am at Porthcurnick, 2pm – 3pm at Pendower
The National Trust is about looking after special places so that everyone can enjoy them. If you’d like to help with this vital work and enjoy fantastic views and fresh air at the same time, then why not come along to one of the monthly beach cleans? They’re a great opportunity to meet new people and help take care of beautiful beaches.
Gloves, bags and litter-pickers are provided, just bring your enthusiasm.
Price: Free
For more information, please call 01872 580553

Ranger Days 

Tintagel, Cornwall
Half term ranger day, 1 June, 10am – 2pm
Roll up your sleeves and join the National Trust rangers for a few hours in a hidden valley north of Tintagel. You’ll be helping to take care of the beautiful Cornish landscape by tackling the invasive Himalayan balsam and stopping its spread downstream. This task is really hands on but great for families wanting some time out in the fresh air. There will also be plenty of opportunity to chat to the rangers and find out more about what they do in North Cornwall.
Price: Free
For more information, please call 01208 863821
 
Boscastle, Cornwall
Ranger taster day - Valency Valley meadow management, 2 August, 10am – 4pm
Want to meet new people and help with the National Trust’s vital conservation work? Spend a day out in the fresh air collecting yellow rattle seed to spread in the Valency Valley meadows. You’ll also be hunting for the elusive plant weasel's snout, and removing invasive ragwort from the maritime grassland.
Price: Free
For more information, please call 01288 331372
 
Maer Cliff near Bude, Cornwall
Stone walling workshop, 21 August, 10am - 4pm
Join the Northcott Mouth ranger team in repairing a large section of collapsed stone faced hedge on a popular stretch of the coast path. Learn a traditional craft and help protect an important landscape feature. Everyone welcome; no experience necessary.
Price: Free
For more information, please call 01288 331372
 
East Soar, nr Salcome, Devon
Countryside Ranger day, 5 July, 10am – 3pm
Spend a day working in the beautiful Devon countryside as a Volunteer Ranger at East Soar Farm. In July you can help protect the landscape by lending a hand ‘bracken bashing’; an important task that stops the bracken taking over. There will also be plenty of opportunities to ask the National Trust rangers about the conservation work they do.
Price: Free
For more information, please call 01752 346585
 
Longshaw, Burbage and the Eastern Moors, Derbyshire
Get a Taste of Volunteering, 2 June, 10am – 4pm
In celebration of National Volunteering Week, everyone is invited to join the Eastern Moors National Trust team for a volunteering taster day. Have a go at the ancient art of dry stone walling and help out with a variety of other tasks that are vital to the care of this beautiful landscape.
Price: Free
For more information, please call 0114 2891543
 
Murlough National Nature Reserve, County Down
Get Stuck in at Murlough, 4 June, 2pm – 4.30pm
The rangers at Murlough work hard to look after this precious and delicate habitat, so the wildlife that lives there can continue to thrive. Come along to discover what it takes to manage the nature reserve, and help out with a day's worth of jobs that are essential to the management of the reserve. Depending on the weather, tasks will vary from boardwalk maintenance to litter picking on the beach and dunes, fencing works and bracken management.
Price: Free
For more information, please call (028) 4375 1467

BioBlitz Surveys 

Lundy Bay near Port Quin, Cornwall
Lundy Bay BioBlitz, 2 - 3 July, 1pm – 1pm
Become a wildlife detective and help to find and record as many different plants and animals as possible in the area around Lundy Bay, all in the space of 24 hours. Look for bugs, butterflies, wildflowers, small mammals, reptiles, birds and marine life. You are welcome to join in for an hour or all day, with a range of specialists and experts on hand to help identify everything you find. The results of the survey will help the National Trust to care for the environment in the best way for the species that live there.
Price: Free
For more information, please call 01208 863821
 
Newtown National Nature Reserve, Isle of Wight
BioBlitz, 2 June, 10am – 4pm
To celebrate Newtown's 21st birthday as a National Nature Reserve, the National Trust is holding an exciting BioBlitz event to record the wildlife in the reserve. Wildlife experts will be on hand to help you in a race against time to discover and record as many animals and plants as possible.  All discoveries will be recorded and then submitted to the local wildlife record centre to help understand how wildlife is changing and how best to protect it.
Price: Free
For more information, please call (01983) 741020
 
Sheffield Park and Garden, East Sussex
BioBlitz, 2 July, 10am – 5pm
Join wildlife specialists on a BioBlitz to locate and identify as many species as possible on the floodplain at Sheffield Park. You’ll help survey the wide variety of creatures that make the floodplain their home as part of a wider project to restore the River Ouse.  Drop in to basecamp and take part in a nature walk or one of the family-friendly wildlife themed activities for a bit of fun whilst learning about this fascinating environment and how you can help look after it.
For more information, please call 01825 790231
 
Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, Tyne & Wear
Souter BioBlitz, 18 - 19 June, 8pm – 6pm
Drop in and lend a hand with this 22 hour-long wildlife survey. You can spend as much or as little time here as you like, and there will be a variety of tasks to get involved with. Take part in a seashore safari or try your hand at ringing birds, bat detection, or surveying wildflowers, bees and butterflies. No experience necessary as there will be experts on hand to help identify your finds. If you’re interested in learning more about the natural world, this is the perfect place to start.
Price: Free
For more information, please call 0191 5290903
 
Durham Coast, County Durham
Bioblitz Day, 22 May, 9am – 4pm
Nature lovers can help National Trust rangers with a series of wildlife surveys including rock pools, woodland, grassland, birds and fresh water streams. No need to be an expert. Just drop in, bring your packed lunch or join the team for a well-earned barbecue (vegetarian option available). Please dress for the weather. Meet at Hawthorn Hive meadow, off the coastal footpath about 1 mile south of Noses Point car park, Seaham.
Price: Free
For more information, please call 07483 117657 for details.

Working Holidays  

South West
 
West Exmoor, Devon
Butterfly habitat maintenance, 19 June – 26 June
Price: £155
If you’re looking for unspoilt coastline, steep wooded valleys and breathtaking views out to sea, then North Devon is the place for you. Join butterfly experts to learn more about how the National Trust manages this very important habitat to benefit the High Brown Fritillary, among other species. You will spend some of the time surveying the sites and there will be a guided walk on one of the days. The sites are steep and the work is demanding, but there should be plenty of butterflies so don't forget your binoculars.
 
Holnicote Estate, Somerset
Bridleway maintenance & coastal activities, 4 July – 8 July & 25 July – 29 July
Price: £165
This fantastic short-break experience will give you the chance to explore the stunning and diverse landscape of Exmoor National Park and the Holnicote Estate. The first day will be spent working alongside the National Trust rangers to carry out out conservation work on Holnicote's 250km network of paths & bridleways. The next two days will be filled with fun coastal activities, such as a walk to Minehead to picturesque Porlock Weir for ice-cream, crab-fishing, bushcraft in the beautiful Heddon Valley and the high adrenaline activity of coasteering. Participants will need to be competent swimmers.
 
Croyde, Woolacombe and Mortehoe, North Devon
Dry stone walling & coastal activities, 10 July – 17 July
Price: £255
With its spectacular coastline of cliffs and coves, sandy beaches, dunes and headland, the North Devon Coast is a spectacular place for a holiday. Many of the dry-stone walls and stone faced hedge banks that criss-cross the landscape are over 200 years old and in need of restoration. Over this week you will the art of stone-faced hedge banking, and help to provide vital habitats for wildflowers, voles, reptiles, insects and birds. You’ll also have time off to experience some adrenaline-fuelled activities including wild swimming, sea kayaking and coasteering. Participants will need to be competent swimmers.
 
Arlington Court, Devon
Estate conservation & bushcraft, 17 July – 22 July
Price: £175
On this working holiday you’ll be able to pitch in with Arlington’s team of rangers, helping out with various conservation projects around the estate. You’ll also be able to indulge your wild side with two days and a night of bush craft. An expert will be on hand to show you how to build a brush wood shelter to sleep in, and teach you camp crafts such as fire making, spoon carving, tracking and cooking on an open fire.
 
South East
 
Devil's Dyke, Sussex
Landscape conservation, 11 June – 18 June
Price: £155
If you’re interested in landscape management and conservation, join the National Trust ranger team at Devil's Dyke for a week to learn how they look after the archaeology and wildlife of this stunning chalk downland area. You’ll help to erect essential stock fencing, maintain walking paths and burn scrub cleared from sensitive areas of grassland. You’ll also have the opportunity to go on a guided walk round the site to discover how your work will directly contribute towards its conservation.
 
Ludshott and Selborne, Hampshire
Wildlife surveys, 25 June – 2 July
Price: £155
The first survey of Ludshott and Selborne was conducted in the thirteenth century, and you can help to carry on this tradition. On this holiday you’ll be monitoring and recording changes to the flora and fauna over a series of diverse habitats, from chalk and acid grasslands to meadows and heaths. The botanical survey will be the main focus of the week with some veteran tree recording. This is a great chance for beginners to pick up new skills, as you’ll be given all the information you need to carry out the surveys. Your contributions will help the National Trust to restore habitats for nationally declining species such as the Dartford Warbler, Wood Lark and Nightjar.
 
Slindon Estate, West Sussex
Bat surveys, 6 August- 13 August
Price: £245
This holiday has a largely nocturnal schedule: the working day will start in late afternoon with classroom sessions on recording and monitoring, and then you'll work past midnight to get up close and personal with the local bat population. During the day you can catch up on sleep, or exploring the Slindon Estate and beautiful local countryside rising up to the South Downs with magnificent views across the estate to Chichester and the sea. A good level of fitness is required and some bat detector experience is desirable, but not essential.
 
Winkworth Aboretum , Surrey
Estate management, 27 August – 3 September
Price: £155
Help the Winkworth gardeners carry out estate management work to maintain and develop the National Trust's only arboretum. There will be a range of tasks to carry out from bulb planting to pruning shrubs, coppicing, fencing, repairing paths, hedge-laying and carrying out essential care and maintenance of trees. There will be an opportunity for guided walks around the arboretum’s 110 acres, as well as a chance to work on the wider estate at Oakhurst Cottage in Hambledon village.
 
Midlands
 
West Lakes, Duddon and Eskdale, Cumbria
Bridleway maintenance & mountain biking, 18 June – 25 June
Price: £155
Come and experience this wonderful part of the Lake District from two perspectives. Part of your holiday will be learning and carrying out traditional techniques of bridleway repair with the National Trust ranger team, and to reward your hard work you will get the opportunity to explore the local hills and valleys on your mountain bike.
A good level of fitness and cycling ability is required. Please bring your own mountain bike and helmet.
For further information, please contact Martin Clayton martin.clayton@nationaltrust.org.uk
 
Calke Abbey, Derbyshire
Estate maintenance, 2 July – 9 July
Price: £155
This holiday will begin with the annual flower count of the orchid meadow, followed by a week carrying out a variety of tasks around the estate. You’ll be able to lend a hand with preparation for the outdoor play facilities Calke offers each summer, including footpath creation and repair work. You’ll also have plenty of opportunity to explore the 800 hectare estate which contains many veteran trees and a variety of wildlife.
 
Dark Peak Estate, Derbyshire
Historic building restoration, 6 August – 13 August
Price: £155
Dalehead is a converted late 17th century farmhouse situated at the western end of the Edale Valley. Come and join the National Trust rangers and building team and learn the skills of lime mortar pointing to restore this historic building. This is a sensitive site as the walls provide homes for nesting birds, insects and bats. You’ll also have the chance to explore the beautiful surroundings of the Peak District National Park, from the heather-clad moors of Kinder to the gritstone tors of Derwent Edge and the peat bogs of Bleaklow to the limestone crags of Winnats Pass.
 
North West
 
Ullswater, Cumbria
Landscape conservation, 2 July – 9 July
Price: £155
The literary home of red squirrels, lonely wandering clouds and hosts of golden daffodils. Join the National Trust Ranger team in and around Ullswater to help conserve this beautiful area for the enjoyment of all those who visit. Gain an insight into the Trust’s valuable conservation work by carrying out a variety of tasks such as improving public access, pulling up invasive Himalayan Balsam, scrub management and boundary maintenance.
 
South Lakeland Countryside, Cumbria
Fix the Fells 2 July – 9 July & 16 July – 23 July
Price: £155
The South Lakes area stretches from Coniston Water to the High Fells. Over the years these magnificent mountains and beautiful lakes have inspired many famous writers and artists like William Wordsworth, John Ruskin and Beatrix Potter. As part of the Fix the Fells partnership, you’ll have the opportunity to work in the high fells to help combat erosion on a well-trodden path. The work is very strenuous, extremely rewarding and you'll learn skills that only a select few people know. There will be plenty of 'wow' moments, the mist clearing from the view, the satisfaction of a huge rock settling into position or the realisation of how much has been achieved. Please come prepared to walk in the fells for up to an hour at the start and end of each day and pack for all types of weather.
 
North East
 
Gibside, Tyne and Wear
30 July – 6 August & 27 August- 3 September
Price: £155
Join a team of energetic, fun-loving volunteers to help deliver a programme of exciting summer holiday events for Gibside’s visitors. You’ll be able to help out with a wide range of events including bushcraft, den building, sports and lots more. Volunteers will be hands on, preparing activities, working with family visitors to ensure that all visitors have fantastic days out. This is a beautiful place to volunteer, with lovely walks along the river and through ancient woodland. Much of the estate has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and it’s real haven for wildlife spotters.
 
Wales
 
Southwood Farm, Pembrokeshire
Dry stone walling and coastal activities, 11 June – 18 June
Price: £195
Spend a week out in the fresh air, helping to rebuild missing sections of traditional stone faced hedge bank and wonderful stone gateways at Southwood Farm in Pembrokeshire. This is a spectacular and beautiful part of Wales, with rugged coast and golden beaches that stretch from Marloe Sands up to the tiny historic city of St. Davids. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to explore the beautiful surroundings, including a guided walk along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and the option of a day’s sea-kayaking or surfing with local outdoor activity provider Preseli Venture. You'll need to be physically fit for the 8-10 mile guided walk, and the work will involve heavy lifting and working on rough terrain.
 
Stackpole, Pembrokeshire
Cycling trail maintenance, 16 July – 23 July
Price: £195
Barafundle Bay, Broadhaven beach and the fresh water lakes of Bosherton form the core of the 800 hectare Stackpole Estate, which is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The estate is also a great place for cyclists, with a network of trails throughout the woodlands. You’ll be able to help the National Trust rangers improve the current trails and create new ones through the stunning locations of Castle Dock and Cheriton Bottom woods. Bring your bike to test the improvements as you go, or borrow one of the estate’s fleet instead. On your day off you can head out to explore other local mountain bike trails, or just relax on one of Stackpole’s stunning beaches.
 
Snowdonia and Llyn
Habitat conservation, 17 July – 23 July & 24 July – 30 July
Price: £145
Snowdonia's biodiversity is under threat from a variety of different invasive species. Join the local National Trust team for an exciting week of various tasks and locations as you help to restore the native habitats of the stunning Nant Gwynant valley. You will also have the chance to explore the area on a guided walk with one of our rangers and take in the stunning scenery.
 
Brecon Beacons and Monmouthshire
Landscape maintenance, 13 August – 20 August
Price: £155
Come and help maintain the Brecon Beacons. You'll learn the ancient technique of stone pitching footpaths and landscaping through eroded scars, plus there’ll be the opportunity to get involved in a variety of other tasks such as building stone drains and walls. You’ll be able to enjoy the stunning views by walking the Beacons, clearing out water breaks as you go. Discover the ice-sculpted slopes, rare arctic plants, peat bogs and the Sugar Loaf's ancient oak woods. The work can be physically demanding, so you will need to have a reasonable level of fitness for this holiday.
 
Northern Ireland
 
Castle Ward, County Down
Estate management, 29 July – 05 July
Price: £255
Working predominantly at Castle Ward, you’ll have the chance to learn how the National Trust cares for landscapes and get stuck in helping out on the estate. There will be a range of tasks available, from repairing walls and paths to removing invasive plant species, erecting fencing and much more.
Once you’re done for the day you’ll be free to explore the estate’s winding woodland, lakeside and parkland walks which afford amazing and unexpected views.
 
Murlough National Nature Reserve, County Down
Estate management, 1 July – 8 July & 19 August – 26 August
Price: £255
Murlough National Nature Reserve is a fragile 6000 year old sand dune system owned by the National Trust and managed as Ireland's first Nature Reserve since 1967. It is an excellent area for walking and bird watching due to its spectacular location at the edge of Dundrum Bay and the Mourne Mountains. On this holiday you’ll be able to get stuck in with everything from footpath repairs to erecting fencing and a host of other tasks that are vital to the preservation of this special National Nature Reserve.