Will Jones, Wild East Devon Events & Volunteer Officer:

The Bird Hides at our award-winning Seaton Wetlands Nature Reserves need constant TLC and care. By becoming a Hide Caretaker, you "adopt" a hide and take on the responsibility of keeping it looking tidy, fresh and cared-for. This role is great for someone looking for a project and to give some time to a lovely space with a unique responsibility.

Our five hides need regular monitoring to check for cleanliness, up to date information, signs of vandalism and spotting sheets. Hide carers work with the Wild East Devon staff team to spruce up their allocated hide on a regular basis, usually one morning once a week.

Volunteers have the opportunity to develop new practical skills and an understanding of habitat management techniques. No previous experience is necessary, all volunteers are offered first aid training and there are plenty of social events throughout the year. Booking is via the online volunteer portal.

All of the volunteers are offered training including first aid and there are plenty of social events throughout the year.

Please contact the Wild East Devon team for more information, email wild@eastdevon.gov.uk or phone 01395 517557


Please note:

Upon the corona virus outbreak in March we suspended all volunteering activity including practical sessions and volunteer-led events. In mid-July we welcomed back our first two roles of volunteers on a small group session-basis of up to five people per group booked via our online volunteering portal. We plan to increase numbers and bring back our other nine volunteer roles when safe to do so and in line with government and NVCO advice.

Before we have brought back all of our volunteer roles and especially while we are leading limited-number volunteer sessions we’ve made the decision not to induct any new volunteers into our team. This is partly to give our existing team of over 150 volunteers a chance at (currently only 10) limited volunteering spaces per week as well as a desire to give new volunteers as good as a welcome into the team as possible which is only achievable with a fully-functioning team of staff and volunteers.