If you would like to do your bit to help our local countryside we can offer a number of opportunities to take part in some practical conservation work to maintain and improve habitats for wildlife and for people.
Moors Valley Countryside Volunteer Group
Meeting once a month, usually on a Wednesday, the group works with Rangers on a variety of tasks across the park.
To take part in volunteer activities you must first register to become a volunteer. New volunteers can be enroled annually in September. To express interest in joining the group please fill in and return the interest form and you will be contacted during August. The group is open to enthusiastic people 16 years and over.
Tasks include: removal of invasive pine and birch trees on the many areas of heathland through the Forest, woodland management to thin out wooded areas, to coppice trees or cutting trees and shrubs to maintain glades and meadows, and pond management to control vegetation.
Tools are provided and full instruction given for each task. Volunteers need to be dressed to be outside in all weathers and be aware that clothes are likely to get dirty or damaged. Hot drinks will be provided but volunteers need to bring all other refreshments they require. Parking is free for the tasks. Details of all the sessions are shown in the ‘Whats On’ section and all sessions should be booked in advance as there are limited spaces on all tasks.
Volunteering for young people
The East Dorset Countryside Rangers have a limited number of work experience placements available for young people each year.
For more information on any of the volunteering opportunities at Moors Valley, please contact the Rangers on 01425 470721.
In the New Forest, the Forestry Commission currently runs two volunteering schemes – the Volunteer Rangers and the Two Trees Conservation Team.
Volunteer Rangers play an integral role in helping to conserve wildlife and habitats while enhancing visitor enjoyment. The duties undertaken by volunteer rangers include leading and helping with public events, assisting visitors in the New Forest and providing valuable support to our ranger and keeper teams. Volunteer rangers are recruited about every two years and are expected to be able to commit to at least two duty days a month.
Two Trees Conservation Team
The Two Trees Conservation Team (TTCT) provides an excellent way to meet new people whilst helping conserve the New Forest. Conservation tasks involve lots of fresh air and exercise plus the opportunity to socialise with others who have a similar love of the area. Work may involve getting rid of scrub in ponds to help toads and newts or clearing small trees from ride edges for butterflies and insects. TTCT conservation tasks take place during the winter months across weekdays and weekends.
If you would like to volunteer in the New Forest please download and complete the TTCT / Data protection application form from the Forestry Commission website. Please tick the relevant box(s) to say if you are interested in joining the TTCT and if you wish to be added to our mailing list to receive a copy of the Volunteer Ranger application from when we are next recruiting.