Corporate Team Challenge - Lochwinnoch

Tuesday 7 October 2008
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Corporate and employee volunteering

What to expect

watch whooper swan, wigeon and a wide variety of ducks during the winter months. In spring, you won't want to miss the elaborate displays of the great-crested grebes. The reserve includes two shallow lochs – the Barr Loch and Aird Meadow Loch. Together with their surrounding water meadows, marshes and woods, the reserve is an area rich in wetland biodiversity. Plants found there include uncommon species such as tufted loosestrife, creeping yellow cress and butterfly orchids. We have also managed the surrounding woodlands for conservation and visitor interest. These new improvements have brought a number of species to the reserve, including wood warbler, whitethroat, osprey and yellow wagtail. Lochwinnoch is easily accessible from central Glasgow by road and train. Lochwinnoch railway station is situated 400 metres south-east of the visitor centre. We have a Visitor Centre on site where hot drinks are available.

Your group

Loch Leven can support volunteer groups of between 10 to 15 individuals. 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)
All Year Round

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 March through to November when vegetation management and is necessary to prevent its encroachment on key habitats. There are opportunities available to help make sure our paths and buildings are always in the best condition for the thousands of visitors that the reserve hosts every year.

How to apply


Kirsty Potter, SHQ, Fundraising & Communications
Tel: 0131 317 4100


Team challenge income provides a vital contribution towards staff time, materials and equipment (including personal protective equipment), as well as helping support the important work of the reserve. Cost: £70 + VAT per person

Reference number 3812