Residential Volunteer - Short term - Forsinard

Tuesday 26 June 2018
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering
Forsinard Flows nature reserve

What we're looking for

At Forsinard we manage the largest (and still expanding) RSPB reserve in the UK. We undertake a variety of survey and monitoring programmes all year round, some of which even extend into the neighbouring areas of the Flow country. In order to undertake the work programme and help to implement the reserve management plan on this internationally important reserve, we need enthusiastic volunteers to assist with our busy habitat restoration and monitoring programme and practical management works.

The skills you need

You will need to be at least 18 yrs old, preferably with a clean driving licence and have a keen interest in birds and conservation. You will feel equally comfortable whether you are roaming around the reserve on your own all day or working in a small busy office on data entry and management. You 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 on your own in a remote area and as part of a small, flexible team is essential as you may occasionally be asked to work extra hours. Some map and compass navigation skills are desirable.

Your time

2 - 4 weeks
January and February 2019
January and February 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 an insight into the management of a nature reserve on a landscape scale. We manage nearly 20,000 ha of ground at Forsinard, where we undertake large scale habitat restoration. Unlike many other reserve volunteering positions, you will mainly do survey work. During your short stay you could be involved in a variety of activities, or one big project depending on the time of year. These activities and projects include, habitat restoration monitoring, pre-felling forestry survey work, conifer re-generation monitoring, drain blocking survey and monitoring and more. You could be involved in practical estate management, such as drain blocking and tree re-generation control.

How to apply


Jane Shah, UKHQ Volunteering Development Department
Tel: 01767 680551


Appropriate training will be provided and pre-arranged expenses will be re-imbursed 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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