Be properly prepared for a day of conservation volunteering
We usually meet at 10am and work through until 3pm or later in the summer, with breaks for drinks and lunch. Please e-mail or ring the main contact for a project a few days beforehand to let them know that you are thinking of coming so that we can inform you if there are last minute changes to plans.
You don’t need any previous experience, just to be reasonably fit and willing to have a go. A good sense of humour helps too, especially when tangling with gorse.
Where you will be working
Depending on the site, you can be working at anywhere up to 1,500ft above sea level out on the open moor. The climate is changeable and can be noticeably colder than down in neighbouring towns. It can be a lot windier too.
What do I need to bring?
For a day out with us you need to come prepared for any weather – waterproofs, hats and gloves, and plenty of warm layers. Ideally wear walking or work boots, but wellies will do. We can supply work gloves so no need to bring your own. In the summer you may want a sun hat as there can be little or no shade where you are working.
You need to bring food – lunch and snacks – and plenty to drink.
It is highly unlikely that there will be a toilet near the work site so be prepared to make do with a convenient gorse bush!
What will the DPA provide
We provide all the tools that you will need as well as instruction on how to use them safely. There is a designated Project Leader at each site who will know what needs doing and show you what to do. There is always a qualified First Aider on site as well.
Is there any paperwork?
We keep things as informal as possible. The first time you come out with us we will ask you to fill in a short form with emergency contact and medical details for use in the unlikely event of an accident.