Corporate Team Challenge - RSPB Old Moor

Wednesday 20 July 2016
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Corporate and employee volunteering
Old Moor

What to expect

Old Moor near Barnsley in South Yorkshire, is a 250 acre site in the Dearne Valley that was developed out of Europe's largest former railway sidings serving the local coal industry. Now fully restored to its natural beauty, it is an important wetland site for wildlife including the elusive Bittern. The reserve is important for waterfowl and waders, farmland birds and other wildlife. It is also an important resource for the local community with over 100,000 visitors a year and a strong educational link with local primary schools. There is a visitor centre with a well-stocked shop selling birdcare products, and a restaurant selling a range of hot and cold food including vegetarian options, all sourced locally wherever possible to reduce transport miles and support the local economy. The Farmhouse Meeting Rooms offer high quality conference and meeting facilities which can be hired at competitive rates. Combining meetings/training with a team challenge activity delivers a really special event.

Your group

The main volunteer period described above can support larger volunteer groups of up to 20+ individuals. Outside these periods, smaller groups of between 8 and 12 individuals are preferred. We will provide all necessary tools, materials and protective items (PPE). Please bring appropriate clothing for the time of year – sun hats and sun cream plus lots of water to drink if hot and extra layers and waterproofs during the colder months. Please also wear stout boots or shoes. You are covered by our comprehensive public liability insurance and we provide risk assessments and a safety briefing prior to the start of your day. A warden will be with you at all times and there will always be at least one first aider close-at-hand throughout the day.

Support us

1 day
10am - 4pm (flexible)
October - March

The skills and time provided by corporate teams are incredibly valuable to the RSPB. Corporate work parties help us tackle jobs that would otherwise take our wardens days or even weeks to complete. Employee volunteering also helps us to build community links and valuable business support, and many of our business volunteers return to our reserves with family and friends after their volunteer experience. Some even join as members and become life-long supporters.

How you will help us

The reserve can offer a wide variety of tasks throughout the year but particularly welcomes support during the period from October through to March when scrub control is necessary to prevent its encroachment on key habitats.

How to apply


Mike Harris, Northern England Regional Office, Newcastle
Tel: 0191 233 4300


All money received from team challenges covers both staff time and equipment costs. Cost: £70 + VAT per person

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