Sailship TLL is developing its conservation/wildlife area. We have so far built a large wildlife pond, created a bee area, sown wild flowers and begun clearning a large area which also includes a small wooded copse. We intend to create a vibrant space where we can begin a Forrest School (for everyone - not only children). We need people to help clear the area of any detritus we may happen upon, clear away unwanted wild areas - the bits we might call weeds!, help to plant bulbs such as bluebells, snowdrops and aconites, help to create a learning space in the wood area and also to enjoy the journey with us, developing further the space we enjoy. By the way, wildlife already living here include; foxes (they have a den here too!), hedgehogs, frogs, newts and toads, many different birds and wildfowl and the occasional muntjack - I'm sure there's more too that we are yet to discover.
Your role: To work together, as a team, with Sailship staff /other volunteers and our Trainees to develop a vibrant and exciting wildlife/conservation area that can be utilised by our community, other orgainsations and schools, to help them learn about wildlife in our area. Our Trainees will be supported by staff/volunteers who are experienced and qualified in working with learning disabled adults/young people and children. It won't be part of your role to do this.
You will need to be reasonably fit and able to work outside in sometimes inclement weather -bring your gloves and steel toe capped wellies - no wait - we buy those for you :-) ! The role will involve clearing away weeds and moving soil/rubble for the initial stages. Then we shall be involved in the building stage, where we can begin to build suitable den(s) and wildlife watch hideout(s). We also intend to construct a living willow arbour.
Planting bulbs and shade loving plants in the wooded area will be required and also planting a hedgerow, supplied by The Essex Wildlife Trust in spring.
If after all this is complete and you would like to continue to volunteer with us, there's always lots to do here. Essentially you can decide how much you wish to do - a few weeks, a few days or a few hours each week. We can work together to decide what suits you. Sailship wants you to feel your own personal rewards for volunteering with us. We work best as a team, supporting one another as we go. We have to keep in mind the rules of Health and Safety at Work, care about each other and respect our surroundings where wildlife is in abundance already. There's a lot to gain - being outside is good for our mental health/well-being and the satisfaction of seeing a job well done, which means others can also enjoy the outdoors, is well worth the effort.
We are considered COVID-19 safe by ECC and follow a robust risk assessment for our site, so that we can remain as safe as possible in these challenging times.
What skills do I need?
You will need to be reasonably fit for this role and enjoy being outdoors. If you have any skills/qualifications in wildlife/conservation - brilliant! But don't worry if not - this is not a requirement of this role.
- Data Protection policy
- DBS check required
- Equal opportunities policy
- Expenses reimbursed
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
- Suitable for under 18s
- Training provided
- Volunteer induction
- Volunteer policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
Start Date: 18/11/2020
End Date: 18/11/2021
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