Volunteering with the AONB Unit
Sammy Fraser is the new Volunteer Coordinator for the Quantock Hills, Mendip 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.
Sammy will coordinate the volunteers who regularly give up their time to conserve and enhance the areas they love through practical tasks at nature reserves or at public events that inspire others to get involved. She will be helping to organise all the tasks and finding new opportunities and training for the volunteers so they can develop personally. There are also unique groups like the young rangers on the Mendip Hills that Sammy will be looking after.
Sammy Fraser said, ‘I was amazed to discover that the volunteers with the Mendip Hills AONB did 2380 hours of effort last year. Volunteering is such a great thing for people to do and especially in such beautiful areas of Somerset. We know that providing opportunities for people to volunteer can improve their mental and physical health alongside improving wildlife habitats and making better access for visitors.’
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 Quantock and Mendip Hills and then one day a week in the Blackdown Hills.
Ways to Help the Mendip Hills AONB
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 March – April 2017 (PDF Download 100KB)
Booking is essential so we have the right amount of equipment and can contact volunteers with latest information. If you would like further details or to book onto an activity, please email to: Mendip Volunteers or phone Sammy Fraser 01761 462338
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.
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 a 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.
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.
AONB Young Ranger Assistants
Our Young Ranger scheme has been running since 2005 and we have just started our 6th 2-year programme 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!
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