This is your chance to get involved in targeted surveys, ongoing monitoring work, educational activities and practical wildlife conservation work in the North Pennines AONB. The page is updated as new opportunities arise.
Please help us to secure our funding by completing and returning a volunteer timesheet for any time you spend doing voluntary work, including wildlife survey, in the North Pennines. Thank you.
Here are some of the activities you can help us with:
Allen Valleys Volunteers
Many opportunities to volunteer will arise over the next four years (2015-2018) in the Allen Valleys as the Landscape Partnership Scheme gets underway. Please see our dedicated page for training and volunteering opportunities.
EM3 Bats Project
The WildWatch EM3 Bat Project aims to conduct bat surveys across the North Pennines AONB and needs volunteers to help. By utilising advances in technology in recording and analysing bat calls anyone can take part, no prior experience of bat surveying required. We have set up three lending centres across the North Pennines AONB where you can borrow a data logging bat detector. The memory card from your detector will be posted off for analysis and within a couple of weeks you’ll receive a map showing where you recorded bats and what species. For more information and your nearest lending centre, click here EM3 Bat Project.
‘Bumblebees in Gardens’ Survey Volunteers
Gardens can play a vital role in providing pollen and nectar for bumblebees, especially in early spring or late summer when little is available in the surrounding countryside. As part of the AONB Partnership’s Nectarworks Project, we wish to inform and motivate local residents as to how they can make a real difference for bumblebees in their own gardens. The purpose of this volunteer opportunity is to undertake bumblebee and garden plant surveys in the gardens of interested residents in the North Pennines. For full details of the role and who to contact please download the Bumblebees in Gardens Survey Volunteer Role Description.
Over the coming three years we will be working closely with a number of primary schools across the North Pennines. One specific focus for our work will be the relationship between wild flowers, bumblebees and our own food. The purpose of this volunteer opportunity is to assist with the development and delivery of primary school educational activities as part of the AONB Partnership’s Nectarworks Project. For full details of the role and who to contact please download the Education volunteer role description.
Botanical Survey Volunteers
Some of the most flower-rich grasslands remaining in the North Pennines are found on steep banks and marginal areas. These places are small but taken together make up an important network of flower- and nectar-rich habitats. The purpose of this volunteer opportunity is to undertake botanical surveys of steep, flower-rich banks and edges within hay meadows and/or flower-rich banks elsewhere in the North Pennines landscape (eg. edges of pastures, riverbanks, roadside verges) as part of the AONB Partnership’s Nectarworks Project. For full details of the role and who to contact please download the Volunteer role description volunteer botanist.
Roadside Verge Botanical Survey Volunteers
There are many flower-rich roadside verges in the North Pennines AONB. However, it is not clear whether the botanical quality of these verges is stable or whether it is declining owing to inappropriate management. We are seeking volunteers who would like to survey and monitor their local flower-rich verge as part of the AONB Partnership’s Nectarworks Project. The purpose of this volunteer opportunity is for residents to undertake botanical surveys of local roadside verges, and/or to keep a management diary of local verges. For full details of the role and who to contact please download the Volunteer role description – roadside verge survey.
Bowlees Visitor Centre Volunteers
We’re looking for people who can not only provide a warm welcome for our visitors but can also help us staff our gift shop and information point or help with with educational visits and family events. You don’t have to have any experience; enthusiam and a willingness to learn are enough. For full details of the roles and who to contact please download the BowleesVolunteerRoleDescription.pdf