Mink and Vole Surveys

  • VO85776
  • Suitable for groups, One-off volunteering


The American mink is an invasive species that lives in both freshwater and saltwater habitats. Being a voracious predator mink have had a devastating effect on wildlife, most notably ground nesting birds and water voles.
Our aim is to control mink and this is done using mink rafts to establish if mink are present in an area (if they are, they are trapped and humanely dispatched).
Volunteers adopt a mink raft, and monitor for the presence of mink. The raft floats on the edge of a river or burn, and mink will investigate and go through the wooden tunnel. Inside the tunnel is a clay pad, on which the mink (or any other creature) will leave its paw prints. You just need to visit the raft every 1-2 weeks and check for tell-tale signs of mink footprints.
No experience necessary, the raft is provided by us, and we’ll help you install it and answer all your questions. Watch a ‘how to’ video here: https://youtu.be/uPoRLZcmLHk
This opportunity will be in the following postcode areas
AB55, AB54,AB53, AB41, AB42, AB43, AB44

Organisation aims and objectives

The Scottish Invasive Species Initiative aims to establish and support a network of local organisations and volunteers to engage with their local river environment and implement community-based, strategic invasive non-native species management over approximately 29,500 sq km of northern Scotland. The Trust is the Aberdeenshire partner organisation delivering awareness and engagement activities about the freshwater environment and the management of INNS (Invasive Non-Native Species). The Trust undertakes practical management of INNS, biological surveys, education and outreach activities and provides training and support to encourage others to contribute to INNS management.










15 minutes every two weeks


Under 18s can take part but must be supported by a responsible adult over the age of 18
Travel details: We will try to locate the mink raft at a location near to the volunteer’s house/work/school so that it can be checked easily on foot or as part of a regular commute.
Minimum age: 18


Expenses details: Volunteers usually won’t need to incur travel expenses.
Taster available: Yes
Taster details: If a volunteer is interested we can meet up individually (socially distanced) and the role will be fully explained/demonstrated.

Last updated 2 months ago

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