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 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 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.

Projects

Culloden

Dates: Saturday 9 June and Saturday 22 September 2018

Time: 9.00

Work grading: Medium/Demanding level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

Come along and help regenerate one of Scotland’s most famous battlefields by cutting and clearing trees and shrubs such as birch, gorse, goat willow & broom.

Inverewe

Dates: Friday 6 – Sunday 8 July 2018

Work grading: Medium/Demanding physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

Inverewe is one of the most popular garden attractions in Scotland, with its secluded spot on the shores of Loch Ewe.  

During this weekend project you’ll be making charcoal, as well as carrying out tree and bat surveys 

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

Killiecrankie

Dates: Saturday 4 August 2018

Time: 8.00

Work grading: Medium/Demanding physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

A chance to venture further afield!  It’s an early start but well worth it, as you’ll be spending the day in Killiecrankie - a magnificent wooded gorge in North Perthshire.  Tasks will be confirmed nearer the time, but are likely to include woodland work, footpath maintenance or getting involved in the charcoal making project.  

Steel toe capped boots may be required.  Please check with your CV Leader beforehand.

Balmacara Estate

Date: 

Friday 31 - Sunday 2 September 2018

Saturday 3 November 2018

Time: Depart at 18.00 in September and 8.30 in November

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 crofting land and coastline, the local woodlands and the open moorland.  

Steel toe capped boots may be required.  Please check with your CV Leader beforehand.

In September accommodation is provided for this project at the Kintail Outdoor Centre, which is heated and has hot water, showers and beds.

Corrieshalloch Gorge

Date: Sunday 23 September 2018

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 will be confirmed nearer the time, but tasks may include footpath maintenance and the removal of non-native trees.  

Steel toe capped boots may be required.  Please check with your CV Leader beforehand.

Kintail

Date: Friday 12 - Sunday 14 October 2018

Time: 18.00

Work grading: Demanding level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

During this weekend project you will 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 will be plenty of experienced volunteers on hand to guide you.

Steel toe capped boots required.

Accommodation is provided for this project at the Kintail Outdoor Centre, which is heated and has hot water, showers and beds.

Brodie

Date: Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November 2018

Time: 9.00

Work grading: Medium physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

This 16th century tower house was the ancestral home of the Brodie clan for over 400 years.  Work duties are yet to be confirmed, but it is likely you’ll be spending the weekend removing vegetation on the wider estate.

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Find out about projects taking place between June and November 2018