Volunteers have been an essential part of the Dynamic Dunescapes project
We are thrilled to have been the beneficiaries of the equivalent hours to 4,800 days of volunteer activity for our sand dunes. The opportunities that we have provided across our dune project sites have included helping to remove invasive plant species and restoring dune slack ponds, to identifying plants and conducting species surveys.
The project partners have created 655 new volunteering opportunities involving 4,416 volunteers. Our teams have run 93 training events online and in person for 703 volunteers. We estimate that this adds up to approximately £282,000 in-kind contribution across all volunteer activity - thank you to everyone involved!
Volunteers have played an important role in the conservation work of all of the project’s partner organisations; we have even found some old black and white photos of Natural England volunteers working on the dunes at Saltfleetby in Lincolnshire from the 1970s.
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Residential Volunteer Opportunity
Hands-on nature conservation experience on a variety of coastal and woodland reserves, including helping to manage one of the UK's largest grey seal colonies at Donna Nook in pupping season.
Based at Lincolnshire Coronation Coast NNR, near Louth
Minimum 4 days a week, starting October (date TBC), 6 month placement
An exciting opportunity to support the Outer Humber and Coast reserves team in managing the grey seal colony at Donna Nook NNR during pupping season, as well as assisting with the winter work programme on other reserves.
This varied role includes public engagement along with practical habitat management, and we're looking for enthusiastic and adaptable individuals who are ready to get stuck in!
New purpose-built, self-contained accommodation is provided on site at the regional workbase at Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe Dunes NNR.
Deadline for applications: 14 August 2023
Interviews week commencing 4 September 2023
Register to become a Dynamic Dunescapes Volunteer
As the project draws to a close we have limited capacity for new volunteers, but our partner organisations still have plenty of opportunities. Please contact them directly for more information about volunteering in your area.
Cornwall - Cornwall Wildlife Trust
Cumbria - Cumbria Wildlife Trust
Devon - Plantlife
Dorset - National Trust
Lincolnshire - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Sefton - Natural England
Wales - Plantlife