Monthly Archives: January 2018

Volunteering and learning new skills

David Murray has been volunteering with The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) in Glasgow for approximately three years.   “I was paid off from my job and did nothing for a couple of months, so I went online looking for something to … Continue reading

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Building a career through volunteering

Jack Ward, our Deer Stalker and Reserve Officer at Beinn Eighe NNR, tells us how he got into deer management through volunteering. I have volunteered for different organisations since the age of 15. Initially for a charity called the Deer … Continue reading

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Practical People Power

It’s said that when elk walked on the Slamannan plateau peatland they could stroll all the way to Denmark.  The elk may now have gone, though you’re likely to spot a relatively new species on the Central Belt’s bogs today … Continue reading

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A regular volunteer

Michelle Munro from Parkhead, Glasgow, is a ‘regular’ with the mid-week volunteer group run by The Conservation Volunteers (TCV). This is her story of being a volunteer. “I was first told about volunteering with TCV by a friend – a … Continue reading

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Mossgiel farm – the land once worked by Robert Burns

Arriving at Mossgiel farm on a bright January morning to speak to farmer Bryce Cunningham I am met first by the face of another famous Ayrshire dairy farmer: that of poet Robert Burns which adorns the Mossgiel farm advertising.  It’s … Continue reading

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‘Coileach’ air Aghaidh na Tìre / ‘Rooster’ in the Landscape

Tha Bliadhna a’ Choilich aig na Sìonaich an impis thighinn gu ceann – deagh àm airson sùil a thoirt air an fhacal ‘coileach’ ann an ainmean-àite / The Chinese Year of the Rooster is about to come to an end … Continue reading

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Volunteering – let’s get physical

Alan first became an environmental volunteer over thirty years ago. He is currently a member of the Glasgow midweek group run by The Conservation Volunteers (TCV). His story stretches back to 1984. “I started volunteering way back, quite a long … Continue reading

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Shaping a career

“As you volunteer, not only do you learn key skills but you learn about the site you are maintaining; it’s a true sense of custodianship.” Kirsten Brewster writes about her diverse experience of volunteering, and how it has shaped her … Continue reading

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Reconciling renewable energy sources with their environmental impact

Nina Turner, one of our planning advisors, writes about her experience attending a seminar run by the Greek Ministry for Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Good practices for reconciling wind energy development and biodiversity conservation. The Greek Ministry for Environment, … Continue reading

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Growing up at St Cyrus NNR

Simon Ritchie began volunteering at St Cyrus NNR when he was just 16 years old. He shares his experience of growing up on the reserve, and how it has shaped him as an individual. Tell us about your volunteering experience … Continue reading

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