If so, why not volunteer?
There are numerous environmental organisations and community groups in the Chilterns that need volunteers, and the range of opportunities is wider than you might think. If you’re practical and like to get your hands dirty, there are lots of regular volunteer work parties across the area with tasks ranging from scrub and path clearance to tree planting and stream management. If you like identifying and monitoring wildlife, there are groups looking for wildlife recorders. Perhaps, you enjoy walking? Then maybe you could combine a walk with inspecting the state of a footpath or the signage of a promoted route, or checking on the sheep grazing a nature reserve? Even if you prefer not to work outdoors, many organisations have office-based volunteering opportunities. The Chiltern Society offers many of these types of volunteer activity, but for the full range of opportunities available in the Chilterns, look at the Directory below.
Wherever you live, in or near the Chilterns, there’s an organisation or group near you with a range of volunteering options. Download our directory to find out what’s on offer.
Here at the Chilterns Conservation Board, we have a number of vacancies for volunteers:
This is a partnership initiative between the Chilterns Conservation Board and Hobbs of Henley Boatyard. It encourages passengers on Thames cruisers to observe, enjoy and learn about the wildlife and countryside of the Chilterns. On-board volunteer guides help to identify and interpret the wildlife and natural / historic surroundings.
The Board also needs help with more office-based activities including dealing with planning issues, fundraising, putting information into a GIS system and general admin and website-updating. If you are interested in any of these and would like to find out more please contact firstname.lastname@example.org