Highland Conservation Volunteer Group

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

How to join a project

If you’d like to participate in any of the following projects, please register first and then 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’re 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.

Projects

Brodie Castle

Dates: Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June 2019

Time: Depart at 9am (each day)

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

This 16th-century tower house was the ancestral home of the Brodie clan for over 400 years. During this two-day project you’ll be cutting back vegetation around Rodney’s Stone, an 8th-century Pictish monument, to improve access for visitors.

Balmacara Estate

Date: Saturday 20 July 2019

Time: Depart at 8.30am

Work grading: Medium/Demanding physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

Beautiful Balmacara! 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 croftland, coastline, woodland and open moorland. Steel toe capped boots may be required. Please check with your CV Leader beforehand.

Brodie Castle

Date: Sunday 21 July 2019

Time: Depart at 9am

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks 

Number of spaces: 12

On your second visit to this lovely property you’ll be helping to cut back vegetation along the exit drive.

Inverewe

Date: Friday 9–Sunday 11 August 2019

Time: Depart at 6pm

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

Inverewe is one of the most popular garden attractions in Scotland, thanks to its secluded spot on the shores of Loch Ewe – and it’s a favourite destination for our Highland Group. Work duties will involve removal of non-native species, as well as helping to monitor the dispersal of red squirrels. 

Brodie Castle

Date: Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 September 2019

Time: Depart at 9am (each day)

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

On your last visit you’ll be involved in clearing the invasive Rhododendron ponticum from around the pond area.

Corrieshalloch Gorge 

Date: Saturday 21 September 2019

Time: Depart at 8.30am

Work grading: Medium/Demanding level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

This plunging box canyon, through which the River Droma rushes, bizarrely takes its name from the Gaelic for ‘ugly hollow’ but that’s as far from the truth as can be! Work duties at this spectacular property may include footpath maintenance and the removal of non-native species. Steel toe capped boots may be required. Please check with your CV Leader beforehand.

Balmacara Estate

Date: Sunday 22 September 2019

Time: Depart at 8.30am

Work grading: Medium/Demanding level physical tasks 

Number of spaces: 12

Beautiful Balmacara! 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 croftland, coastline, woodland and open moorland. Steel toe capped boots may be required. Please check with your CV Leader beforehand.

Balmacara Estate

Dates: Friday 25–Sunday 27 October 2019

Time: Depart at 6pm

Work grading: Demanding physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

Be prepared to get muddy! During this weekend project you’ll be helping to improve habitat by removing silt from the pond at Balmacara Square.

Kintail

Dates: Friday 15–Sunday 17 November 2019

Time: Depart at 6pm

Work grading: Demanding physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

During this weekend project you’ll be helping to repair stone dykes dating back to the early 19th century, which are still important for crofting today. If you haven’t done this before, there’ll be plenty of experienced volunteers on hand to guide you. Steel toe capped boots are required.

Conservation Volunteer Christmas Ceilidh

Date: Saturday 30 November 2019

Time: 8pm

Venue: Ballinluig Village Hall, Perthshire 

Number of spaces: the more, the merrier!

This is always a great night! Mulled wine and nibbles will be available on arrival and a two-course meal will be served at 9pm. Tickets are priced at £14 and partygoers will be able to stay overnight in the village hall at no extra cost - a simple breakfast will be provided. Tickets can be purchased from the Conservation Volunteer Co-ordinator, Julie Bond. Do remember to bring along a small raffle prize and your own special beverage! Transport available.

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Find out about projects taking place between June and November 2019.