First of all – thank-you for volunteering for the North Pennines AONB Partnertship.
- On this page you will find some resources to help keep you safe whilst you are volunteering with us, and to log your time and claim travel expenses. At the bottom of the page you will find information on joining like-minded volunteers in work and social gatherings.
If you are undertaking any outdoor work, including survey, for the North Pennines AONB Partnership you should use the checklist below and read the information provided on the following specific risks – leptospirosis, adders and phytophotodermatitis:
Survey volunteer checklist
Adder safety advice note
Phytophotodermatitis safety advice note
Leptospirosis safety advice note from HSE
Logging your time
It would be really helpful to us (and essential if you want to claim travel expenses – see below) if you could fill in a timesheet for the time you spend volunteering for us (on scheduled tasks, organised surveys, or just gathering wildlife records in your own time for the WildWatch project). You can complete these forms at any time and return by post when they are signed. We can also send you pre-paid envelopes for this purpose if that would be useful. Please ask.
You are also welcome to claim travel expenses for mileage within the AONB for the purposes of specific survey work such as that for the water vole long term monitoring scheme or the Local Sites survey scheme. The process involves some work on your part to provide the necessary information from your insurers (annually), but all the forms and information you will need are here:
How to make a volunteer mileage claim
Bank payment details form
Insurance form for stamp
Volunteer mileage claim form
Local groups and activities
If you fancy joining with other like-minded volunteers then you might like to look at our volunteer task/survey programme or get in touch with existing volunteer groups working with us in the North Pennines.
Three new wildlife groups were set up in 2012 in Allendale, Weardale and Alston as part of the WildWatch project. Other existing wildlife groups you might be interested in joining are listed below:
- The Teesdale Botany Group – Middleton-in-Teesdale.The Upper Eden Cumbria Wildlife Trust Support Group – Kirkby Stephen.
Please contact Sam Finn or Fiona Knox (AONB staff) for more details