Volunteer and get involved in peatland restoration

Volunteer at Cors Caron

Fresh air, incredible scenery, and making a vital contribution to the protection of the Welsh environment – just a snapshot of the benefits to be reaped when volunteering at Natural Resources Wales’ (NRW).

NRW’s LIFE Welsh Raised Bog Project is looking for volunteers to help protect some of Wales’ rarest raised bog habitats and help fight climate change.

There are several volunteering opportunities available with the project at Cors Caron National Nature Reserve (NNR) near Tregaron in Ceredigion.

Jake White, NRW’s LIFE for Welsh Raised Bogs Project and Monitoring Officer at Cors Caron, said: “We are looking for people over the age of 16 who can volunteer anything from an hour a week to a few days a month.
He adds: “All you need is an interest in the environment, conservation and some enthusiasm, and a desire and willingness to work outside in all weathers.”

Volunteers will be able to learn new skills and gain experience on peatland restoration.

Chris currently volunteers at Cors Fochno raised bog near Borth, he said: “I’ve gained so much as a volunteer, I have become more content in myself and it’s helped me put certain things into better perspective. I’m a whole lot fitter and a little thinner too!”

The project is the first peatland restoration project of its kind in Wales and aims to restore seven raised bog sites.

Raised bogs are important due to the sphagnum (bog mosses) that call it home.

This can hold more than eight times its own weight in water and helps to keep the bog wet and spongy.

This keeps the peat wet which means it can store more carbon and help to fight climate change.

Jake adds: “This is an excellent chance to be part of a dedicated team and pioneering project and make a genuine contribution to environmental conservation.

Go to the website to find out more about the volunteer roles and download the application form. Deadline for applications is Monday 12 October 2020.