(Above) Volunteers on the Urban Weekender volunteering scheme © Nicky Hoar
This New Year burn off some calories on a volunteering activity with Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT).
Volunteering tasks range from getting dirty and up-close with practical conservation work on reserves, to providing administrative support in the office, or helping run events at visitor centres.
Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Volunteering Manager, Steve Davis said, “Volunteers are vital to the organisation and help us carry out our important conservation work. Volunteering can bring personal satisfaction too whether it’s learning a new skill, making new friends and keeping fit or simply being closer to nature, there’s something for everyone, no matter where you live in Dorset.”
Pat Jefferies has been volunteering at Lorton Meadows conservation centre since May 2013. He said, “I was offered the chance to do butterfly transects at Lorton Meadows, and after a few weeks I started helping to look after the office or shop during events. Now I also help out with social media for the Trust. It has given me a massive sense of satisfaction, achievement and the motivation to learn more. I can be as involved as much or as little as I want to be.”
Volunteering tasks near you
East Dorset: The Urban Weekenders is a monthly practical conservation task at Upton Heath on Sunday mornings. The next meeting is Sunday 26th January 2014 from 10am. For more information, contact Nicky Hoar on 01202 692033.
East Dorset: Practical work volunteers are needed at Sovell Down. The next work party is on the 11th January, 10am-4pm. Contact Steve Claxton on 07967032626 for more information.
Marine volunteering: If you have an interest in the marine world, there are positions available for a volunteer marine warden at Kimmeridge. To find out more, an open session will be held on Saturday 25th January. You can contact the marine team for more information on 01929 481044.
West Dorset: Lorton Meadows conservation centre are running practical outdoor tasks on the following dates, from 10am-3pm. 15th and 29th January, 12th and 26th February and 12th and 26th March 2014. For more information, phone 01305 816546.
West Dorset: West Dorset volunteer party held on various dates throughout the year. First events held on Tuesday 7th Thursday 9th January. For more information, phone Steve Masters on 07557561624.
Mid Dorset: North Dorset volunteer work party takes place on Sunday 19th January. For more information, contact Steve Oliver on 07824874273.
South Dorset: Isle of Purbeck Mid-week volunteers. Phone warden James Hitchen on 07436157328 for more information.
For more information about volunteering, visit our Volunteering HQ web page or contact us on 01202 642788, and to get a full rundown of all our volunteering (and other) events, have a look at our Events web page which is regularly updated.
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
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