There are three main areas of work to choose from in this role.
- Invasive plant surveying, using digital devices to record the locations of easily identifiable invasive plants namely: Japanese Knotweed, Himalayan Balsam, Skunk Cabbage and Montbretia / Crocosmia. This can be done on an adhoc basis by reporting a sighting online to report a single location you have found, or sign up to take part in more structured surveys.
- Crayfish control project, meeting every Tuesday in Withypool. We ask for a minimum commitment of 6 half days over the year (more is welcome), checking traps in the river tagging and monitoring movement of crayfish around the river system.
- Crayfish presence survey, placing and checking crayfish traps in predetermined locations along the little Exe, Haddeo and Lyn river systems. Minimum 1 day a week commitment for at least a month.
Once signed up we’ll contact you to discuss which part/s suit you best.
Throughout the National park but with a particular focus on the river systems, but also away from them for invasive plants.
The project is funded for two years but there will hopefully be a carry on effect with some volunteers continuing after the end of the project.
Ability to walk along paths and traverse rough ground. Sometimes working in or near shallow rivers.
What you need to bring
A mobile phone or tablet is useful for vegetation monitoring, but not essential. Sturdy boots, warm clothes, lunch.
What’s in it for you
To explore some of the most beautiful areas of Exmoor many of which are not routinely in public access. On the job training and access to a free wildlife training days.
Exmoor National Park Authority
Exmoor House, Dulverton, Somerset TA22 9HL