Habitat Restoration Volunteer

  • VO61987


Wild Things is a local environmental charity in Moray currently undertaking a conservation project removing giant hogweed and Japanese Knotweed from along the banks of the river Findhorn. These are invasive non-native species which cause huge amounts of damage to the local environment and we have been doing well at keeping them at bay the last couple of years. This year however, due to the situation, we have not been able to work with many people and as such, we are in desperate need of more adult volunteers.

We are looking for adult volunteers. We provide full PEE and training. The work is a physically a bit tough and both the chemical used to treat it (glyphosate) and the chemical produced by the plant itself are dangerous (hence the PPE and training). The work can also be quite fun and enjoyable as there is a huge feel-good factor for the positive environmental impacts and a team-spirit working with other volunteers.

We are currently heading out every thursday and individuals can sign up through our website www.wild-things.org.uk
or specifically https://wild-things.org.uk/our-events/habitat-restoration-project/

What does a day out on our Habitat Restoration Project involve?

Conservation volunteering could be:
Digging up giant hogweed
Pulling up Himalayan balsam
Spraying giant hogweed with herbicides
Spraying Japanese knotweed with herbicides
Clearing paths
Surveying for invasive non native plants
Fresh air and exercise
Good company
An opportunity to explore local habitats and the plants and animals that live there

These invasive non-native species (INNS) overwhelm the native flora and fauna, limiting biodiversity and threatening the unique but vulnerable habitats around the river which are host to a wide variety of enigmatic species such as Atlantic salmon, otter and osprey. In addition, giant hogweed is a highly toxic plant and is a human health concern, limiting the public’s access to and enjoyment of the river. Your work and energy will help Wild Things! support the return of native species along the banks of the River Findhorn.

Organisation aims and objectives

Environmental education for children P3-P7 and young people and adult groups.










Sessions are usually 5 hours. When volunteers sign up for a day, they would be expected to stay for the full session. No, although in order to be considered for pesticide training, volunteers would need to show a commitment to the programme.


Minimum age of 16 will apply for people working with pesticides and parental consent is required for under 18s.
Experience required: Basic level of fitness is required, ability to walk on uneven and slippery surfaces, ability to carry weights of around 10kg.
Travel details: There is no minimum time commitment, although we hope that you will enjoy your time with us and want to come back week after week! What do Wild things! provide (unless otherwise stated)? All necessary protective clothing All necessary tools and equipment Tea and coffee What do you need to bring? Warm clothes and layers Lunch A drink Any other useful information? Wild things! can offer a local pick up if you do not have your own transport. We currently pick up from: Findhorn, Kinloss Spar, Forres Tesco but other pick up points could possibly be added.
Minimum age: 18


Taster available: Yes
Taster details: We will organise this on a case by case basis.
Training details: Initially, full training will be given in plant identification, tool use and health and safety. For committed volunteers we could potentially pay for them to gain their City and Guilds training in Safe Use of Pesticides and Operating Hand Held Applicators. There will also be opportunities to learn traditional skills like firelighting, animals tracks and signs and making cordage.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

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