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Volunteering

Volunteers play a crucial role in looking after the landscapes and wildlife of the Norfolk Coast. Their support and commitment is hugely valued by the Partnership, while volunteers themselves also benefit from taking part.

If you have some spare time and would like to help look after the Norfolk Coast, there are plenty of ways to be involved. Find out more on this page.

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Volunteer with us

The Norfolk Coast Partnership as an organisation itself has a limited capacity for volunteering because we do not own and manage land, like many of our partners organisations, and have very limited office space to accommodate desk-based volunteers.

Volunteer with our partners

Broads Authority

The Broads Authority offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities. See the Broads Authority website for more information.

Deepdale Farm

Deepdale Farm have taken 60% of land out of production to manage it for wildlife, and are farming alongside nature, growing organic crops while providing food and habitat for birds, invertebrates, and other wildlife.

There are volunteering opportunities on Wednesdays this winter to do a range of work around the farm, from planting trees to restoring hedgerows, managing the woodland and more. For details and to book a place visit the Deepdale Farm website.

Dersingham Bog National Nature Reserve

Natural England has a wide range of volunteer opportunities at Dersingham from scrub clearance to fence maintenance and cattle welfare. Tel: 01485 543044 for more information.

Holkham Estate Nature Reserve

The Holkham Estate hold volunteer events regularly. They also have volunteers who help with monitoring and survey work across the reserve and to help with practical work during the week, and garden volunteers are helping to restore the Walled Garden back to its former glory.

Education volunteers help deliver activities for school visits and at their programme of family fun events.

Go to their website for more information.

National Trust

The National Trust offers the chance to work outdoors, in their houses or with the public.

Norfolk Beach Cleans

For those who wish to help keep our beaches clean and safe, and to contribute to research on marine litter – our Norfolk Beach Cleans project page lists regular beach cleans taking place along the Norfolk Coast.

Norfolk Wildlife Trust

The Norfolk Wildlife Trust has many ways in which you can get involved in practical conservation and volunteering. You can take part in their events throughout the year, join a local group or apply for a short or long term volunteer posts.

Go to the Norfolk Wildlife Trust website for information on current roles available.

Norfolk Rivers Trust

Keep up to date with ways to support the Trust by going to the Norfolk River Trust website.

Norfolk Trails

You may wish to volunteer to help monitor or maintain these trails. There are varied routes to choose from all needing volunteers ranging from the Coast Path or the ancient Peddars Way, to numerous circular walks promoting the best of our county’s countryside. See the Norfolk Trails website for further details and for how to get in touch.

RSPB

The RSPB offers numerous ways for you to be involved and they look for all sorts of people with a wide range of skills to offer. Simply search their database of opportunities which is updated daily on their website.

Sheringham YHA

This youth hostel offers volunteers a minimum of one week, extending to a month or longer in winter. There are opportunities to work as part of a team serving customers, preparing meals, housekeeping and maintenance, gardening and deep cleaning. In return for 30 hours/week work they can provide free accommodation and a 50% discount for meals. More information at YHA Volunteering website for more information.

Countryside jobs further afield

For the wider Countryside work opportunities then check out Countryside-jobs.com where information ranging from volunteering to paid employment and training to equipment supplies from around the United Kingdom can be found.

Other volunteer roles available

Norfolk Coast RDA

Norfolk Coast Riding for the Disabled Association, which is run entirely by volunteers, is a riding group for school age children & adults. They meet at North Norfolk Riding Centre, NR22 6EH, where there are dedicated facilities. To look after riders and horses for riding sessions, attendance at events and for group administration, their volunteers need many different skills. All are given in-house RDA training and encouraged to enhance their volunteering experience by attending regional, national and external training. For information on riding or volunteering see https://norfolkcoastrda.org/

National Plant monitoring scheme

Plantlife are looking for volunteers nationally to record plants in square kilometre plots all over the country. No botanical skills or qualifications are needed. To discover more about the project and find out which plots still need recorders click on the flyer opposite and go to the National Plant Monitoring Scheme website.

Norfolk Bat Survey

The Norfolk Bat Survey are aiming to conduct bat surveys across the whole of Norfolk and provide an opportunity for anyone to take advantage of recent advances in technology. You can take part in the survey by borrowing equipment for a few days to capture acoustic data for bats.

Further information at Norfolk Bat Survey.

National Coastwatch Institution

NCI Watchkeepers provide the eyes and ears along the coast, monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch in poor visibility.  Watchkeepers provide a vital link with all the emergency services and can provide an emergency contact point on land for both sea and shore users. Go to their website www.nci.org.uk to find out how you can get involved.

Norfolk Biodiversity Information Service

NBIS are looking for volunteers to take part in volunteer species surveillance network across Norfolk. Further information at NBIS.

Natural England: Practical site management

Natural England are seeking individuals to help manage their nature reserves within the Norfolk Broads area. No previous experience necessary, training and protective gear provided. An ideal way to stay active and get to experience work on some of Norfolks finest wildlife sites. Tuesdays or Thursdays, typically meet at Woodbastwick.

For further information please contact John White, Reserves Warden, Broadland National Nature Reserves, Natural England, Tel: 01603 721645 Mob: 07899 901566

Friends of Horsey Seals – Seal Wardens

The Friends of Horsey Seals are looking for volunteer seal wardens to help reduce disturbance to a breeding Grey seal colony in the Horsey, Winterton area. Full training is provided. Click on the document below to find out more or go to https://www.friendsofhorseyseals.co.uk/

Corporate volunteering

The following organisations are able to offer corporate volunteering opportunities. Follow the links for more information and contact details.

RSPB

For more information, visit the RSPB Corporate Volunteering pages.

Holkham Estate

The Holkham Estate can offer a range of activities for your company or organisation, depending on the time of year. Contact Estate Enquiries on 01328 710227 or [email protected] for more information.

Natural England – Dersingham Bog NNR

The team here can offer corporate activities and have the resources and experience to accommodate large groups. Many of the activities involve scrub management and bracken raking to improve the Bog’s habitats as well as some repair work. To find out more please contact Tom Bolderstone at [email protected]

Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Norfolk Wildlife Trust has a calendar of activities suitable throughout the year that your company or organisation could be involved with. For more details visit the Norfolk Wildlife Trust website.

National Trust

National Trust offer team volunteering at a number of beautiful places. If you’re looking for time out of the office with your colleagues whilst making a difference, visit:

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/corporate-volunteering

 

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