Practical Conservation Work Volunteer (part of the Green Recovery Challenge Fund (GRCF) Project) - D

Come and join one of our practical work days to help us restore the peat bog and do your bit for climate change! A great opportunity to learn new skills and learn more about nature conservation.

Friday 16 July 2021
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation
Dove Stone

What we're looking for

The Dove Stone Reserve has secured a bid from the Green Recovery Challenge Fund Realising Greater Manchester Environmental Ambition to restore nature using nature-based solutions while connecting people with nature. Our aim is to diversify our volunteer work parties so that it is more representative of the people that visit the reserve daily. Therefore, we are looking for applicants from all backgrounds to come along and work together with our team of nature loving enthusiasts carrying out vital restoration works. Like nature, our survival depends on diversity. Nature has no borders and neither do we. We believe that nature is everybody's right and being an equal, diverse organisation is the right thing to do to find solutions to our common challenges. We recognise the value of difference and want all volunteers to feel welcome, included, and able to be themselves. From August 2021, we will be running regular practical work days where anyone can join in on Wednesdays and Fridays to carry out practical work such as planting moss to help slow the flow of water, build willow dams in gullies to hold back water and create pools, and planting willow stakes along the edges of the upland to stop erosion. This work is vital to the health of the uplands which would not restore quick enough without the support of our volunteers. What does a normal day look like? We meet in the car park at either Dove Stone, Holme Moss, or Crowden at 10:30am and travel as a group on foot, often uphill, to the moorland which takes approximately 30/45 minutes. We then spend around 4 hours carrying out the work before returning to the car park and toilet facilities. We have a 30-minute break for lunch, and we advise that you bring your own food and plenty to drink.

The skills you need

No previous experience is necessary, and tools and training are provided. You will need to be able to walk 1km uphill and across uneven ground and be willing to work in most weathers and ground conditions - e.g Do not mind getting wet and muddy! There will also be some light lifting and carrying tools. You will also need enthusiasm, to be a team player, a willingness to follow reasonable Health & Safety measures (eg PPE, pre task tools talks etc)

Your time

No minimum time commitment, but there is potential to join rest of the team once GRCF finishes.
8 Months
August 2021 to March 2022

What's in it for you?

This is a great opportunity to learn new skills, learn more about nature conservation, meet like-minded people, enjoy fresh air and a chance to improve a place you love for wildlife. Spending time in nature or bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. By improving the peat bog's ability to store carbon, you will be doing your bit for climate change.

How to apply


Toni Bradley, Dove Stone
Tel: 01457 819880
Email: Toni.Bradley@RSPB.ORG.UK


You must bring sturdy boots with a good tread and clothing suitable for all weathers. Wellies and waterproof can be provided on request. Please note there is no visitor centre or catering outlet, so you will need to bring your own lunch. Toilets facilities are available at start and end of day at main car park. Travel expenses are available up to 25 miles both ways at 0.45p per mile. If travelling by bus, the stop is 1.7km walk from the reserve.

Reference number 9444