Conservation Volunteers

Conservation Volunteers surveying their turf, Trois Vaux (southern cliffs)Conservation Volunteers surveying their turf, Trois Vaux (southern cliffs)

Alderney's Conservation Volunteers help protect Alderney's wildlife, restore habitats and keeping our Reserves open. If you've been walking on Alderney then why not offer a moment's thanks to the Conservation Volunteers.

The Alderney Conservation Volunteers (CVs) first formed as a group in 1999 and predate the AWT.  They are the backbone of most of the organisation's practical conservation and public access work and a vital resource not only for the AWT but for Alderney as a whole.

You can get involved in a number of ways:

  • Group sessions - the CVs meet twice a week, on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, for group working sessions.  Volunteers select attendance levels that suit them and they can develop areas of specialty such as footpath maintenance, habitat management and invasive species control.  The CVs group is a fun and social activity and often suits those looking to expand their knowledge of the island.
  • Adopting a site - certain volunteers may decide that they would rather fit volunteering to suit their own timetable and therefore have opted to adopt a site.  This might be something as simple as an area of footpath or it could be a major site such as one of the AWT's bird hides.  By adopting a site the volunteer has a degree of ownership over his/her work and takes an active part in its long-term management.
  • Equipment management - since its formation the AWT has had a number of volunteers who have taken on a role, alongside its staff, in working with the larger equipment used to maintain sites.  Once they have received training, these volunteers often opt to provide a certain amount of time on a weekly or fortnightly basis working with equipment such as the tractor or even the boat, helping to maintain the equipment as well as taking an active part in the conservation work programme.

It is not necessary to be a member of the AWT to volunteer, but being a Conservation Volunteer is a commitment, and one we hope is not out of proportion to the benefit it provides both to the AWT and the volunteers themselves.

 

All work and no play?

There is a large social element to all of the AWT's volunteering and this is perhaps best expressed through the Conservation Volunteers.   Leave a group of motivated staff and volunteers, with access to heavy machinery and plenty of fruit, alone for 5 minutes and this is what you get.

Cider making, a great way to refresh both staff and volunteers alike

 

 

How can I get involved?

Getting involved is simple! You can contact us directly by calling the office on +44(0)1481 822935 or drop in and have a chat.  Alternatively you can fill in the volunteering webform and we'll be in touch.