Exmoor National Park Authority - Get Involved


Getting Involved on Exmoor is important

We rely on volunteers to get involved and undertake valuable work from practical countryside management, wildlife surveying and controlling invasive species to inputting data and helping in a public facing roles in our National Park Centers and at public events delivering family activities.

Volunteers compliment our staff effort and help to increase the amount we can achieve together.

Take a look at our volunteer opportunities below, if you are interested in anything then fill out the application or contact the person listed against that activity.  For more general enquirers contact getinvolved@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk.

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Volunteer Roles

1. Basic training for volunteers

Basic training is available to all volunteers.

People who are not regularly volunteering on Exmoor may be asked to make a donation to Caremoor for Exmoor.

 

See course details below for more information.

Activity Shifts Start End
Exmoor Tree Condition (Phenology) Survey training 1 3/12/2020 3/12/2020
Otter Survey Training 1 3/29/2020 3/29/2020

2. Education / Outreach / Event Support Volunteers

Every year  Staff and volunteers help hundreds of school children and families to visit and learn about Exmoor.  We need volunteers to help in different capacities, from:-

  • Delivering educational activities
  • Acting as marshals, ensuring safety on site (particularly with large public events)
  • Helping with environmental play

What Next-

If you are interested in undertaking this role please sign up for the activities below or fill in the application form and a member of staff will be in contact to talk through the role in more detail.  Once fully signed up you'll be able to pick which events you are able to help with.

If you would like to have an informal chat first please contact as below.

Further info/contact- Name: Patrick Watts-Mabbott  Position: Volunteer and Outreach Officer    Tel: 07973727469      email: pwatts-mabbott@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk  or see contacts in the individual activities. 

Activity Shifts Start End
Dunkery under the Supermoon Wed 8 April 2020 0 4/8/2020 4/8/2020
Family Astro Party Wimbleball Lake Sat 18 April 2020 1 4/18/2020 4/18/2020
FUN Project volunteer helpers 2020 18 4/6/2020 9/1/2020
Outdoor Events Support Assistants 1

2. Education / Outreach / Event Support Volunteers - Exmoor Wildlife Weekender 4th June - 7th June

Help deliver this weekend long wildlife festival at Horner farm on Exmoor.

People will be invited to camp at this family friendly event for the Friday and Saturday night.  With a public open day on the Sunday.

There will also be some setting up in the days before

more details about the event and public booking here

Activity Shifts Start End
Bio Blitz recorder 5 6/6/2020 6/7/2020
Camping - Happy to help with the whole event - assign me where I'm needed 1 6/5/2020 6/7/2020
Car parking and traffic control and welcoming to the site. 3 6/5/2020 6/7/2020
Farm Yard Marshals 3 6/7/2020 6/7/2020
Fire Marshal 3 6/5/2020 6/6/2020
Set up wildlife recording stations 2 6/4/2020 6/5/2020
Tent Assistant 1 6/5/2020 6/5/2020

3. Practical Tasks

Activity Shifts Start End
Ashcombe Gardens, General Garden Volunteer 13 3/2/2020 3/1/2021
Cleaning and Maintaining Dormouse boxes, Tarr Steps 1 2/22/2020 2/22/2020
Dulverton Weir Clearance Work - Sunday 8th March 1 3/8/2020 3/8/2020
Simonsbath Mire Volunteers 10 3/9/2020 12/14/2020
Tree planting at Holnicote. Near Porlock 1 2/26/2020 2/26/2020

4. Surveying

Activity Shifts Start End
Dormouse box checking - Luxborough 4 5/13/2020 10/14/2020
Dormouse box checking - Mansleycombe 4 5/26/2020 10/15/2020
Dormouse box checking - Tarr Steps 4 5/24/2020 10/17/2020
Exmoor Tree Condition (Phenology) Survey 1 4/1/2020 5/31/2020
Otter Survey 2 day 2020 2 4/18/2020 4/19/2020

6. Site Monitor Volunteer

Make regular trips to ensure your site is good order.  remove any litter, and make appropriate check as detailed for each site.

Activity Shifts Start End
Archaeological and Historic Site Monitor 1
Barlynch Priory Volunteer Guide 1

7. ENNIS

Exmoor Non Native Invasive Species  (ENNIS)

 

Main Activity           

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.
Activity Shifts Start End
Crayfish Control Volunteers, Tuesdays 27 4/21/2020 10/20/2020
Crayfish Survey training 2 4/29/2020 5/7/2020
Crayfish Surveying 1 5/1/2020 10/31/2020
Himalayan Balsam pulling work parties 8 7/8/2020 10/25/2020
Invasive Plant survey training 2 3/31/2020 3/31/2020
Invasive plant surveying 1 3/26/2020 10/31/2020

8. Historic Signpost Project

To keep a watching brief of Exmoor's Cast Iron road side signposts carrying out work as necessary.

Volunteers will need to attend one of our training sessions before being able to carry out this role.

Activity Shifts Start End
Historic Signpost restoration training day 1 4/30/2020 4/30/2020
Historic Signposts Volunteer 2020-2023 1

9. Specialist or one off roles

Activity Shifts Start End
CareMoor for Exmoor Fundraiser 1