Residential Volunteers - Friends and Family at Forsinard

Friday 8 March 2019
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering
Forsinard Flows nature reserve

What we're looking for

Have you ever wanted to volunteer for us but would like to share the fun with a group of friends or members of your family? Perhaps your Uni Conservation Society for a project week, or your workmates for a team building exercise? Perhaps your family for a new experience in the great outdoors? We have an exciting new opportunity at Forsinard, where we manage the largest (and still expanding) RSPB reserve in the UK. We are looking for small groups of enthusiastic residential volunteers for two specific weeks in the Autumn to assist with our busy habitat restoration and monitoring programme, wildlife surveys and practical management works.

The skills you need

The dates for 2019 are as follows: 17-24 August, 24-31 August, 7-14 September, 14-21 September, 12-19 October and 19-26 October Book as a group or individually and see who you meet! Please specify Friends and Family on your application form. All of you will need to be at least 18 yrs old, and have a keen interest in birds and conservation. You will need to have plenty of enthusiasm and flexibility and be able to walk long distances over bogs and moorland, working outdoors in all weathers. The ability to work in a remote area and as part of a small, flexible team is essential. Some map and compass navigation skills are desirable.

Your time

One week
Various weeks Summer/Autumn 2019
Various weeks Summer/Autumn 2019



Application form (PDF)
To be completed and returned to us before a booking can be made

Brochure about residential volunteering (PDF)
Find out more about residential volunteering on this, and our other reserves within this scheme. Also included are answers to the most frequently asked questions

What's in it for you?

This is a top opportunity to get experience in managing a nature reserve on a landscape scale. We manage nearly 20,000 ha of ground at Forsinard, where we undertake large scale habitat restoration. We can offer some survey work, which includes habitat restoration monitoring, pre-felling forestry survey work, conifer re-generation monitoring, drain blocking surveys as well as more general estate management tasks. This is a good opportunity to learn about all aspects of reserve management as we are only a small team. We will provide relevant informal training in different ecological survey and monitoring techniques, navigation and hill skills. You will stay in our brand new Field Centre (bunkrooms) right on the reserve, surrounded by fantastic wildlife, five minutes walk from Forsinard train station which is also the visitor centre.

How to apply


Jane Shah, UKHQ Volunteering Development Department
Tel: 01767 680551


For more information, email Claire Foot at Forsinard reserve ( or contact Jane Shah at RSPB HQ ( Appropriate training will be provided and pre-arranged expenses will be reimbursed where necessary. The RSPB speaks out for birds and wildlife, tackling the problems that threaten our environment. Nature is amazing - help us keep it that way. Click here to join today The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is a registered charity: England and Wales no. 207076, Scotland no. SC037654

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