Wild Things!

Charity registered in Scotland SC034873

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

Current opportunity

Wild-things! is delighted to say that we can they take a small number of volunteers on their Habitat Restoration days! These teams of volunteers assist with their Habitat Restoration Project along the banks of the river Findhorn. You would be helping to remove invasive non-native species such as Giant Hogweed and Japanese Knotweed to allow our native plants and flowers to regenerate. Due to the potentially hazardous nature of Giant Hogweed you need to be over 18 and physically fit. Please get in touch for exact timings of sessions 01309 690450, email eleanor@wild-things.org.uk or visit https://wild-things.org.uk/our-events/blue-gym/ for more information or to register. 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.