Highland Conservation Volunteer Group

Join your local group and help us with outdoor conservation work across Scotland.

How to join a project

If you would like to participate in any of the following projects, please email the Conservation Volunteer co-ordinator at conservationvolunteers@nts.org.uk. Places will generally be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. You can book places on projects from the first day of the preceding month.

The minibus pick-up point will be outside the VUE Cinema, Inverness Retail Park, Eastfield Way, Inverness IV2 7GD. If you choose to make your own way to the project, make sure that you let the project leader know.

If you find that you are unable to attend, please let the project leader know as soon as possible – ‘no shows’ can have financial implications for the Trust and prevent others from attending.

Sturdy footwear is essential, unless otherwise stated.



Dates: Friday 16 – Sunday 18 March 2018

Work grading: Low level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 16

Fancy spending the weekend in Glencoe? Sadly, this magnificent stretch of land isn’t always given the respect it deserves. Trust staff and members of the local community need your help to clear litter alongside the A82. On Saturday evening your efforts will be rewarded with a barbecue

Accommodation is provided for this project at the Alpine Bunkhouse next to the Glencoe Independent Hostel. It is heated and has hot water, showers and beds.

Corrieshalloch Gorge

Date: Saturday 14 April 2018

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

This plunging box canyon bizarrely takes its name from the Gaelic for ‘ugly hollow’ but that’s as far from the truth as can be. During this one-day project you will be helping to remove invasive non-native species such as western hemlock trees and gaultheria bushes.

Hugh Miller’s Birthplace

Date: Sunday 15 April 2018

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 8

Fossil hunter, folklorist, stonemason, geologist, newspaper editor and social justice campaigner - Hugh Miller was one of the great Scots of the 19th century. Come along and spend some time at this fascinating place where you’ll be helping with general garden maintenance.


Dates: Friday 4 – Sunday 6 May 2018

Work grading: Demanding physical tasks

Number of spaces: 9

As part of ongoing habitat conservation work for butterflies, the main objective during this weekend project will be to clear bracken at Loch Kernsary. Another task will be to continue with the shelterbelt project, helping to create a resilient woodland to protect the garden from the elements. Work may change depending on the weather and work priorities at the time.

Accommodation is provided for this project at Poolewe Village Hall, where there are no beds but there are shower facilities.

Balmacara Estate

Date: Saturday 19 May 2018

Work grading: Demanding physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

Come along and help our rangers with some footpath maintenance and vegetation management at different sites across the estate. You could experience a variety of habitats including crofting land, coastline, woodlands and the open moorland. Steel toe-capped boots may be required; please check with the project leader beforehand.