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Volunteering

Conservation volunteering is a great way to meet new people, get fit and help to care for the Blackdown Hills. The following organisations offer practical volunteering activities throughout the year in the local area:

Neroche Conservation Volunteers meet on the second Wednesday of each month and carry out practical activities in the forest. There are a variety of other opportunities to become a Neroche volunteer. For more information contact the Neroche office on 01823 680846 or email info@nerochescheme.org 

Axe Vale & District Conservation Society is dedicated to the protection of wildlife and the environment in the area. They run a variety of events, walks and practical activities during the year. For more information, go to www.axevaleconservation.co.uk or call 01297 445084.

Devon Wildlife Trust looks after three nature reserves in the Blackdown Hills AONB. Help keep Lickham Common, Ashculm Turbary and The Rough in good condition. Volunteers need to enjoy working outside in all weathers. Contact Ed Hopkinson on 01392 811661 or email ehopkinson@devonwildlifetrust.org
See http://www.blackdownhillsaonb.org.uk/www.devonwildlifetrust.org for more.

Somerset Wildlife Trust offers a range of volunteering opportunities. Please contact Toria Hare, Volunteering Facilitator on 01823 652440 or email toria.hare@somersetwildlife.org. For more information see http://www.somersetwildlife.org/

Stockland Turbaries are lowland heathland sites, unique to the Blackdown Hills. Volunteers are sometimes needed to help conserve these highly important habitats. For more information, email David Allen at quantocknature@yahoo.co.uk

Butterfly Conservation invites new volunteers to join in with  management tasks that are making better habitats for threatened butterflies and moths on a series of sites in the Blackdown Forest. Contact Diane Garland  or John Davis at Butterfly Conservation on 01929 400209 or email Diane. For more information, go to http://www.butterfly-conservation.org/

Blackdown Hills Walking Group offers walks throughout the year in and around the Blackdowns. The group is keen to welcome new walk leaders. If you know any good walks which you would like to share with others, please contact Tim Pitcher on 01404 881512 or email pitcherofhealth@btinternet.com

CPRE Somerset is recruiting volunteers to identify contentious planning applications. They are also looking for specialist advisors in agriculture, housing, energy or planning. For further deatils, email Becky Collier.

Volunteer Centres


If you would more support to volunteer, or to find further opportunities in the area, contact your local Vounteer Centre.

Volunteer Centres Devon (including Tiverton & Cullompton and East Devon Volunteer Centres)

Taunton Voluntary Action

South Somerset Volunteer Centre

 

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