Will Jones, Wild East Devon Events & Volunteer Officer:
The Tuesday Task Force help us to maintain and grow the best nature reserve in England as voted in 2019. The volunteer team show an unwavering commitment to the reserve and can see the fruits of their labour throughout the year leading to a connection to last a lifetime.
Under the guidance of our Wild East Devon Ranger Dave and Seaton Wetlands Assistant Warden Izzi, the Tuesday Task Force group helps with practical site management at the award-winning Seaton Wetlands Nature Reserve across all aspects of its management.
This group meets every Tuesday from 9.30am until around lunchtime.
Tasks could involve construction work such as fencing, boardwalk building and bridge repairs as well as the maintenance of the hides, platforms and hedgerows. The group also helps to develop and maintain natural habitats to encourage wildlife at the site.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01395 517557
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.