Volunteer to help nature in the Flow Country

21/01/2016 11:47am by Claire Foot

The Flow Country is an amazing place, with awe inspiring landscapes, plants and animals, from the insectivorous sundew – so tiny and yet abundant when you crouch down to look - to the mesmerising hen harriers – silently skimming the ground as they hunt for prey. 

The great news is that you can get involved in conserving this fantastic habitat too, in a variety of ways, whether by pulling on your wellies and helping with practical tasks or by enthusing people about nature in our visitor centre or by assisting at events. 

The RSPB has several long term and short term opportunities available, both residential and non-residential.  These include tasks such as surveying and monitoring wildlife and habitats, practical habitat management, research and people engagement. 

For people looking to help out with community events, environmental education activities , or project tasks such as PR and social media, the HLF funded Flows to the Future project has several roles on offer.

Dan Snowdon, now assistant warden elsewhere, comments on his experiences as follows.

“Forsinard was one of my first residential volunteeringDanSnowdon volunteer small experiences with the RSPB, and definitely one of the most memorable. I spent three weeks helping with the restoration of the peatland, trekking over the peat bog and through forestry plantations, installing dipwells to measure the depth of the water table and extent of the peat. The scenery and wildlife were incredible, and it was a really fantastic team to be part of! I learned a lot about upland and bog habitat management, as well as getting brilliant experience of working outdoors with RSPB staff and volunteers. Being at Forsinard gave me the confidence to pursue my change of career, and thanks to that I’m lucky enough to now be an assistant warden.”

You can find more information on volunteering opportunities on the volunteering page. Available positions will also be advertised through the RSPBCaithness Voluntary Group (CVS North) and Voluntary Groups East Sutherland.