Our volunteers play a fundamental role in almost everything we do. Whether it’s planting trees at an old quarry site, mapping an area burned by wildfire, or managing the spread of invasive species, we need your help to continue our work. Whether you’re a seasoned conservationist or a novice, we have a task that will suit you.Volunteer Roles
Our Conservation Volunteers get together every Thursday morning and on the fourth Saturday of every month. There is a huge variety of tasks that we carry out and you can come along as often or as little as you want. Click the title for all information.
This is a seasonal volunteer role where volunteers will help the Belfast Hills Partnership to plant trees and hedging plants on private land and quarry sites. Click the title for all information.
This seasonal volunteer role will increase your survey skills and experience as well as biodiversity identification. Click the title for all information.
For the smaller tasks that are still just as important! Click the title for all information.
The Volunteer Hills Rangers act as extra eyes and ears in the Belfast Hills, sending in monthly reports on a given site in the Hills. This role requires lone volunteering on a set site in the Belfast Hills. Click the title for all information.
Even if you are not a Volunteer Ranger, you too can help us look after the Hills by reporting any issues or points of interest to us. Please see the ‘Anything to Report’ tab and follow the instructions.
The tasks we do are selected to appeal to as large a volunteer group as possible and so all abilities, ages and backgrounds are welcomed. As such, you don’t need any experience at all to get involved, but any that you do have will be put to good use. All we ask is that you come along with a smile, can-do attitude and clothes/sturdy footwear that you don’t mind getting dirty!
Given the physical nature of some of our tasks, as outlined in the role descriptions, if you require some level of support or assistance or have any concerns, please contact our Volunteer Officer and they will be able to give you the best advice on how you can volunteer with us or another local organisation.
We’re a really friendly bunch and love to meet new people from all walks of life. Anyone interested in volunteering for the Belfast Hills Partnership should get in touch with our Volunteer and Outreach Officer, Lisa Critchley: firstname.lastname@example.org / 02890 603466
This handbook provides you with essential information about volunteering with us as well as a broad introduction to the Belfast Hills Partnership.
In order to ensure our volunteers have the best possible experience while undertaking tasks with us, our volunteering procedures are regularly reviewed. There are a few additions to the volunteer handbook which have been outlined in this document.
The Interest Form can be printed and posted, scanned or emailed back to our Volunteer Officer who will contact you upon receipt of the form with additional information. It is also available in hard copy in the Volunteer Information Pack which the Volunteer Officer can give to you.
Feedback is really important and I welcome all. It is a way of developing the volunteer programme to make it the best possible fit for everyone. It gives volunteers the opportunity to request training and tasks and also an opportunity to let me know how they feel about the volunteering opportunities. The Feedback Form can be printed and posted, handed to me at a task, put in the plastic-pocket in the ‘goodie-bag’ at tasks or emailed back to me.
Each season, I write-up what the conservation volunteers have got up to over the months and why we have carried out the tasks. It is a good round up to see what we have been up to, to give you an idea of what to expect and also to remind volunteers of what they have achieved.
Butterfly Monitoring Scheme Workshop
Time: 10:30 – 14:30
Location: BHP Offices, optional walk along Slievenacloy transect
Beginners Bird Identification Training
Time: 10:00 – 13:00
Location: BHP Offices for theory, Colin Glen Forest Park for practical
Ancient Woodland Survey Training
Time: 10:30 – 13:00
Location: BHP Offices for theory, Upper Colin Glen for practical
Ash Dieback Training
Time: 10:30 – 13:00
Location: BHP Offices for theory
Please note, spaces will be offered to BHP volunteers first though there should be other spaces available.
Bookings/more information: email@example.com / 02890 603466
There are certain issues and species which we like to receive reports on. If you are out and about in the Belfast Hills and notice anything worthy of reporting, please feel free to email the firstname.lastname@example.org with your sightings recorded on the report sheet.
What to report:
Site specific species list