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.

 

I’m Lisa, the Volunteer and Outreach Officer. I organise and run the conservation volunteering programme. I lead the tasks every Thursday and the Big Saturday Tasks at the end of each month. I love my job – I get to work in my field (excuse the pun!), outside, protecting and enhancing the environment around me. A big bonus is that I meet and get to know a bunch of similarly enthusiastic and lovely people through the volunteers that come along. I consider myself to be very lucky! I also consider those who live in Belfast to be very lucky – the Hills are on their doorstep and the opportunity to get out and about in the countryside, breathe in the fresh air and take in the spectacular views is like no other city! Don’t be shy, get involved!

lisa.critchley@belfasthills.org

 

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Volunteer Roles

Conservation Volunteers

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.

 

Tree & Hedge Planting Volunteer

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.

 

Habitat & Biodiversity Survey Volunteer

This seasonal volunteer role will increase your survey skills and experience as well as biodiversity identification. Click the title for all information.

 

Conservation Extras!

For the smaller tasks that are still just as important! Click the title for all information.

 

Volunteer Hills Ranger

This volunteer role is currently full. It will be made clear if a space becomes available. Click the title for all information.

 

 

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: lisa.critchley@belfasthills.org / 02890 603466

 

Essential Volunteering Information

Volunteer Handbook

This handbook provides you with essential information about volunteering with us as well as a broad introduction to the Belfast Hills Partnership.

Volunteer Handbook Updates

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.

 

Volunteer Interest Form

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.

Volunteer Feedback Form

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.

 

Seasonal Volunteer Task Reports

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.

Summer Report 2015

Autumn Report 2015

Winter Report 2015/16

Volunteer Policies and Processes Available Training

 

Butterfly Monitoring Scheme Workshop

Date: 23.05.2017

Time: 10:30 – 14:30

Location: BHP Offices, optional walk along Slievenacloy transect

Cost: FREE

 

Beginners Bird Identification Training

Date: 31.05.2017

Time: 10:00 – 13:00

Location: BHP Offices for theory, Colin Glen Forest Park for practical

Cost: FREE

 

Bookings/more information: lisa.critchley@belfasthills.org / 02890 603466

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We were with Belfast Naturalists' Field Club up at Slievenacloy today, who started with a look at the moths trapped by the very able Stephen Craig and others. Excuse the poor photos of True Lover's Knot and Spectacle moths. Bit windy but loads of wildflower species IDed and recorded. ...

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Fossil Hunt! – Colin Glen is an amazing site with history dating well before the age of the T-REX, Join our Park Ranger & Learn about our pre-historic past. Join our experienced Park Ranger as he tells the geological history of Colin Glen and the Belfast Hills. Go on a fossil finding expedition in the park to search for the remains of ancient creatures – who knows what you might discover! Learn about our prehistoric past & you may just be lucky enough to take a piece of history home with you. Our fossil hunt will be a sell out event. DON’T MISS IT! Did you know that Colin Glen was once NI’s equivalent to Jurassic Park? The Forest Park is rich in fossils and is a site of great geological interest. Indeed The fossil of a prehistoric sea monster that lived more than 144 million years ago was found in the Colin river by our Park Ranger – Paul Bennett. It would have belonged to a creature known as a ‘sea dragon’ about 20 metres long, which was here in the Jurassic period, during which, Ireland would have been down where the Sudan is & covered by seas. Dr Michael Simms, a curator of paleontology at the Ulster Museum, examined the fossil and believed it to be 190 million years old. The 7 cm section of vertebrae belonged to The plesiosaur, which had a round short body, four flippers, a short tail, a very long neck & small head. They had sharp teeth and snapping jaws, which set a deadly trap for small aquatic animals. Location: Colin Glen Forest Park, 163 Stewartstown Road, Belfast, BT17 0HW Date: Sunday 23rd July Start Time: 1pm Finish Time: 4pm Maximum: 30ppl Suitable For: Suitable for all ages, under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. What To Bring: Wear wellies and outdoor clothing. Event includes some moderate, uphill walking. Price: £4 Adults, £3 Children Tel 028 9061 4115

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Fossil Hunt

July 23, 2017, 1:00pm

Colin Glen Forest Park & Gruffalo Trail

Fossil Hunt! – Colin Glen is an amazing site with history dating well before the age of the T-REX, Join our Park Ranger & Learn about our pre-historic past. Join our experienced Park Ranger as he tells the geological history of Colin Glen and the Belfast Hills. Go on a fossil finding expedition in the park to search for the remains of ancient creatures – who knows what you might discover! Learn about our prehistoric past & you may just be lucky enough to take a piece of history home with you. Our fossil hunt will be a sell out event. DON’T MISS IT! Did you know that Colin Glen was once NI’s equivalent to Jurassic Park? The Forest Park is rich in fossils and is a site of great geological interest. Indeed The fossil of a prehistoric sea monster that lived more than 144 million years ago was found in the Colin river by our Park Ranger – Paul Bennett. It would have belonged to a creature known as a ‘sea dragon’ about 20 metres long, which was here in the Jurassic period, during which, Ireland would have been down where the Sudan is & covered by seas. Dr Michael Simms, a curator of paleontology at the Ulster Museum, examined the fossil and believed it to be 190 million years old. The 7 cm section of vertebrae belonged to The plesiosaur, which had a round short body, four flippers, a short tail, a very long neck & small head. They had sharp teeth and snapping jaws, which set a deadly trap for small aquatic animals. Location: Colin Glen Forest Park, 163 Stewartstown Road, Belfast, BT17 0HW Date: Sunday 23rd July Start Time: 1pm Finish Time: 4pm Maximum: 30ppl Suitable For: Suitable for all ages, under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. What To Bring: Wear wellies and outdoor clothing. Event includes some moderate, uphill walking. Price: £4 Adults, £3 Children Tel 028 9061 4115

Our heritage and nature conservation are interwoven down the centuries through the activities of farming, the results of which can be seen at Slievenacloy with its rich variety of wildflowers grazed by traditional cattle breeds.
Come and learn about the past, present and future of farming and wildlife at this wonderful site. Meet the beasts and those that look after them along the walk plus all the wildlife that depend on grazing to keep our wildflower meadows just right.
Meeting at the Ballycollin Road entrance of Slievenacloy. Car parking available onsite. Event is free. No booking required
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Our heritage and nature conservation are interwoven down the centuries through the activities of farming, the results of which can be seen at Slievenacloy with its rich variety of wildflowers grazed by traditional cattle breeds. Come and learn about the past, present and future of farming and wildlife at this wonderful site. Meet the beasts and those that look after them along the walk plus all the wildlife that depend on grazing to keep our wildflower meadows just right. Meeting at the Ballycollin Road entrance of Slievenacloy. Car parking available onsite. Event is free. No booking required

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Cattle and Conservation

July 1, 2017, 10:30am

Slievenacloy Nature Reserve

Our heritage and nature conservation are interwoven down the centuries through the activities of farming, the results of which can be seen at Slievenacloy with its rich variety of wildflowers grazed by traditional cattle breeds. Come and learn about the past, present and future of farming and wildlife at this wonderful site. Meet the beasts and those that look after them along the walk plus all the wildlife that depend on grazing to keep our wildflower meadows just right. Meeting at the Ballycollin Road entrance of Slievenacloy. Car parking available onsite. Event is free. No booking required

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