Volunteering

Ways to Help the Mendip Hills AONB

Sammy Fraser is the Volunteer Coordinator for the Mendip Hills, Quantock Hills and Blackdown Hills, all nationally protected as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. She will be working with each AONB team to help people get involved in these special areas

This is a great example of the three AONBs in Somerset working together for the environment and for the community. Sammy will work two days a week in the Mendip and Quantock Hills and then one day a week in the Blackdown Hills.

Current volunteering opportunities are outlined below.  If there is nothing suitable for you at the moment why not sign up to our newsletter to hear about new volunteering opportunities and get other news about the AONB.

AONB Practical Task Volunteers

Our practical task volunteers carry out conservation tasks throughout the Mendip Hills AONB. No experience necessary, all instruction and tools supplied. Tasks are scheduled fortnightly on Wednesdays, 10.00am – 3.00pm. New volunteers are always welcome with a smile and tea & biscuits!

Programme Aug-Dec 2017 (PDF Download 151KB)

Booking is essential so we have the right amount of equipment and can contact volunteers with the latest information. If you would like further details please email to Mendip Volunteers or phone Sammy Fraser 01761 462338

AONB Events and Publicity Volunteers

Events and Publicity Volunteers represent the Mendip Hills AONB at shows and events, to provide information and advice to visitors. Volunteers will also be involved in distributing visitor leaflets and providing face to face contact with local partners and businesses. Volunteers are encouraged to put forward suggestions of events and in the development of the AONB Events Programme.

Events and Publicity Volunteer Role Outline

AONB Walk Leaders

Volunteer Walks Leaders assist the AONB Unit in promoting greater understanding of the landscapes, wildlife and heritage of the AONB through guided walks. Walks will be promoted through the AONB Events Programme and Walks Leaders are also involved in planning and developing new guided walks.

Volunteer Walks Leader Role Outline

 

AONB Volunteer Rangers

Our Volunteer Rangers provide a visible presence in the Mendip Hills AONB, to assist the AONB Unit in conserving, enhancing and promoting the appropriate use and enjoyment of the area. They provide a point of contact for visitors out on the ground and report back any issues to the AONB Unit.

Volunteer Ranger Role Outline

 

AONB Young Ranger Assistants

Our Young Ranger scheme has been running since 2005 and we have just started our 6th 2-year program with 15 new young people. The Young Rangers meet monthly on Saturdays and sessions include conservation tasks, site visits, learning about the local area and fun activities too. Assistants help in the planning and running of the scheme, therefore enthusiasm for the area and a willingness to work with teenagers is required!

Young Ranger Assistant Role Outline

Hours Contributed

2016-17

Volunteer Rangers –  1,309
Practical Tasks Volunteers – 861
Volunteer Young Ranger Assistant – 91
Other groups/Individuals – 118

2015-16 
Volunteer Rangers – 1,121
Practical Tasks Volunteers – 829
Volunteer Young Ranger Assistant – 86
Other groups/Individuals – 100

If you are aged 18 or over and think you might be interested in one of the above volunteering roles simply email us Mendip Hills AONB, Contact Us or fill out an Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

To find out more about volunteering in the Quantock Hills AONB or Blackdown Hills AONB you can visit Quantock Hills AONB or Blackdown Hills AONB Volunteering

Young Rangers

Young-Ranger-Programme-2017-18-programme (PDF Download 199KB)

Young Rangers Abroad!

Our Young Rangers, Rebecca and Liam, went with Sammy our Volunteer Coordinator for the trip of a lifetime in July 2017 to Switzerland as part of Europarc Junior Ranger Camp and spent 5 days and nights learning about Junior Ranger programmes from 14 different countries and the work they are doing to protect their special landscapes and wildlife.

They met Junior Rangers from across Europe, took part in conservation work and learnt about how the Swiss Rangers manage their National Parks. It was a trip not to forgot and one we hope has given them the confidence to work in nature conservation in the future. A big thank you to all of the Swiss Rangers and everyone who took part.