East Lothian Council

Volunteering in the countryside

Help us and help yourself

Photo - Volunteers

If you are interested in doing a little bit to help look after our countryside, look no further! We are always keen to take on volunteers. We have a variety of options and some may suit you more than others.

Path Wardens.
These people have elected to give a bit of love to paths in their locality, by carrying out small-scale clearance work, litter picking etc, to ensure the paths are in good order. There are more paths than path wardens, however and some paths need more than one warden! So if you can get out on a local path once / twice a month please get in touch.

Survey and monitoring projects which could only work with volunteer help. Do you fancy helping check the grazing animals we frequently have on our sites? Would you like to help out in a longer-term project that monitors an eider duck breeding colony? These and other, occasional options are all available.

All volunteers are asked to complete registration form and your details are securely stored. Upon receipt of the form I always find it best to have a chat to make sure everything is agreed and you are getting what you want out of it.

For all volunteer enquiries, please contact the Countryside Officer at landscapeandcountryside@eastlothian.gov.uk

Friends Groups
Friends groups meet up once or twice a month and carry out either some practical conservation task or occasionally some biological recording work. Fresh air and fun is guaranteed for all!

Do you want to do one or more of the following:

  • help with practical conservation work?
  • get a little fitter in the fresh air?
  • help with wildlife surveying?
  • learn about being a countryside ranger?

If you answered yes to any of these, then volunteering for us could be just for you!

We offer a range of programmes and activities, designed to suit all tastes and abilities:

  • fortnightly practical conservation tasks taking place at Aberlady Bay. Contact the reserve warden, using the standard email address at the bottom of this page
  • monthly practical conservation tasks taking place around the county.
  • survey work: from specific species surveys (e.g. red squirrels), to coastal bird surveys or checking up on our flock of sheep
  • countryside ranger volunteers: this is for those interested in a career in rangering/conservation (please note, spaces are extremely limited). You should expect to commit one day a week for between three and six months, during which you'll experience the full range of duties of a countryside ranger
  • team-building volunteer events: several local businesses have worked with us holding one-off team events from constructing boardwalks to clearing vegetation and cleaning beaches. We are always keen to assist in helping groups such as these, and can hopefully design something that will suit your needs as well as ours
  • other projects: several local community groups work alongside the countryside section in helping to improve their local greenspace. Contact us for details of a group near you

Away from council organised volunteer events, there are several groups and organisations who are also involved in conservation work locally. These include:

Block C, Brewery Park, Haddington, EH41 3HA

Telephone: 01620 827279

Fax: 01620 827456

East Lothian Council, John Muir House Brewery Park Haddington East Lothian EH41 3HA.