Wild Skills is a group for young people aged 14-18 with a keen interest in nature conservation and provides a unique opportunity for young people to volunteer, whether it is to build up hours for an award or skills and experience to add to your C.V.
Schemes such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award are about giving young people the chance to develop skills for work and life, and this exactly what our sessions aim to achieve -hence the name Wild Skills. The sessions aim to find a careful balance between the volunteering aspect of your award, and the educational and social side of getting young people into conservation. The team will be undertaking tasks such as coppicing, hedge laying, tree planting, wildlife recording and wildlife monitoring and assisting at events such as our annual Woodland Day and Birdfair as well as many other projects and practical tasks.
We consider the work undertaken by volunteers to be extremely valuable in the maintenance and improvement of the habitat for wildlife and hope that you will enjoy the chance to be part of such an important team.
We meet at 9am at the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre on the first Sunday of the month (excluding January). Please see our website www.rutlandwater.org.uk for directions. You should make sure you wear warm clothes, bring waterproofs and wear sturdy boots or wellies. Please bring a pair of work gloves (a hardy pair of gardening gloves will be ok). It is also advisable to bring a snack and drink. The week before the session Becky, our Volunteer Coordinator, will send out an email containing details of the upcoming session. You will be asked to confirm whether you will be attending, as for some sessions places may be limited depending on the task.
Due to the popularity of these sessions you must apply to become part of the team. First, you must complete an application form. This includes a section which asks questions which should provide us with enough information to judge whether or not we feel these sessions will suit you. Before you can take part in any of the sessions your parent or guardian must complete a consent form.
To download an application form click on the following link:
For more information or for help completing your application form please contact the group’s leader, Becky Corby, via the contact details below.
Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre
Direct Line: 01572 653025