There are lots of ways that you can get involved on Exmoor.
From one off taster sessions with no on going commitment, to regular weekly volunteering and a whole host to training opportunities. We also have specialist volunteers who help lead activities, monitor wildlife and assist with some of the more technical aspects of our work.
If you have a specialist skill you can offer get in touch with Patrick Watts-Mabbott our Volunteer and Outreach Officer on 07973727469.
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Opportunities to get involved on exmoor are delivered by a whole range of partners including Exmoor National Park Authority, The Crown Estate at Dunster, the National Trust at Holnicote, the South West Lakes at Wimbleball Lake, the Somerset Wildlife Trust and others. The one thing we all have in common is a will to look after Exmoor and help get people involved.
To make it easier for you to find the right opportunity for you there are a variety of ways to view them.
Taster sessions come along just for this event, no long term commitment. These are all about raising peoples awareness of just how special Exmoor is. Great for existing long term volunteers who want to increase their knowledge of Exmoor, for locals, and holiday makers.
Training sessions, come and get trained to carry out a task, at the end of the session we are likely to ask you to help out with you new skills, this may be keeping an eye out for a particular animal or plant when you are out walking, or taking part in a more formal survey, see individual opportunities for exact details of what you will be asked.
Citizen Science, These are not events to attend as such; all you need to know is online. They often in involve keeping an eye out for a particular species of plant or animal when you are out on a walk or even in you're own garden. If you see it you register your sighting with a simple online form.
Role descriptions, these are not events as such., but roles that we or our partners need people to help us with. Some my be short term projects and ideal for work placement students. It may be a daily project for a week or two, or more occasional but for a longer time. If you are interested in any of these roles register your interest and a member of staff will contact you to arrange an informal interview.
Regular Work Parties, these groups meet on a regular basis, some weekly, some monthly and carry out practical conservation and access related work such as building steps, clearing ponds, hedge laying or coppicing. Like the role descriptions we ask people to register an interest in these tasks and a staff member will contact you to arrange an informal interview.
Group Projects, these are designed for organised groups to come and get involved. Ideal for the scouting movement, youth clubs, schools, or work place team building. There is sometimes a charge to cover the staff time to supervise these tasks. If this charge is an issue for you, please contact us. There are often grants that we can access to help with your trip, particularly if you have not been to Exmoor before. Some tasks are dependent of the time of year, so when registering your interest please put as many possible dates you can make as possible. This maximises the chance of staff members being available to support you.
Latest volunteering News
Bonfire, baked potatoes and butterflies
It took more than a bit of mud to deter the more than 100 keen volunteers from joining in the recent Bonfire, Baked Potatoes and Butterflies day at Hopcott above Minehea
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Hundreds had fun at the Big Adventure Day
A great day was had by all at the last Big Adventure Day of 2013 at Webber’s Post in Exmoor National Park and organised by Exmoor National Park Authority and Heart of Exmoor.
Hunt for the Pavilion's Past
Tucked away upstairs in the new Lynmouth Pavilion is the HLF-funded Lynmouth Pavilion Project and its two dedicated officers Louise Reynolds and Jess Twydall.
New group explores historic buildings
The Historic Buildings group of Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society (SANHS) is launching a new initiative, supported by the Exmoor National Park Partnership Fund, to involve the people of West Somerset and Exmoor in making their wealth of unrecorded traditional and historic buildings more widely appreciated.