Bird and mammal box volunteer

Location: Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum, Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0PY
We're looking for volunteers to help to build a range of bird and mammal boxes for use on Herefordshire Wildlife Trust Reserves – and to sell to other groups and individuals to raise funds for Herefordshire Wildlife Trust.

Position details

Commitment

Any Day

Contact details

Annderley Hill

a.hill@herefordshirewt.co.uk / 07341736185

  • Title of role: Bird and mammal box volunteer
  • Responsible to: Landscapes Team
  • Status: Voluntary
  • Hours: ½ or 1 full day per week or as suits

General Information:

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust is a member of The Wildlife Trusts, a nationwide network of local trusts that work to protect wildlife in town and country. Through their care of a network of nature reserves and a range of other conservation and education activities, The Wildlife Trusts are striving for a UK richer in wildlife.  Volunteers are vital not only to practical conservation tasks but also the administrative work that is required to support and promote membership, management of reserves, project work and events. 

Main tasks:

  1. Build a range of bird and mammal boxes for use on Herefordshire Wildlife Trust Reserves – and to sell to other groups and individuals to raise funds for Herefordshire Wildlife Trust.
  2. There may also be opportunities to share skills with others including other volunteers or young people in the workshop or at events.

Skills/Qualities Needed

  • Experience of practical tasks including DIY/Maintenance tasks and carpentry.
  • Knowledge of safe working practices such as using ladders and tools.
  • Organised and efficient.
  • Ability to work as part of a team or individually and organise their own work programme.

Overview

A great opportunity to support the direct conservation work of the Trust! Many of our existing boxes on our reserves are badly in need of replacement and there are sites which could benefit from more boxes. We are also keen to install a number of pine marten boxes. Pine martens have recently moved into the county following a reintroduction programme in Gloucestershire and sightings in Shropshire and we want to encourage them to stay!

Resources

The Trust has a range of basic tools as well as workspace for any work required on maintaining or replacing existing boxes. There is a small budget for raw materials.

Training

The bird and mammal box volunteer will receive an initial induction to the Trust. Designs for the boxes needed will be provided and advice given by members of the Landscapes Team as to specific requirements. Any further training needs will be met by members of the Landscapes team where necessary.

Expenses

The Volunteer may claim their travel expenses incurred travelling to and from their volunteering duties and any training sessions, (considering the shortest distance) with authorisation from their volunteer Manager.