The Donkey Sanctuary is welcoming volunteers to its Woodland Box Volunteer Day near Sidmouth on Wednesday 23 August from 10am to 4pm.
Volunteers are needed to help build and put up nest boxes for dormice, bats and woodland birds on Donkey Sanctuary land at Paccombe Farm in Harcombe, near Sidbury, which is home to almost 400 donkeys and surrounded by 93 acres of amazing woodland.
As well as creating habitat and helping the charity monitor these species, volunteers will get the opportunity to meet the Sanctuary’s donkeys, who benefit from these projects through environmental enrichment and a healthy ecosystem.
Ruth Angell, The Donkey Sanctuary’s wildlife and conservation manager says: ‘Each month I run a wildlife and conservation volunteer day, which can include outdoor practical tasks such as gardening, woodland management, hedge laying and hedge planting, willow weaving and pond restoration. These events are totally reliant on volunteers and are a fantastic opportunity to meet like-minded people, share and learn skills, and have fun.’
The Donkey Sanctuary will also be holding a Himalayan Balsam Clearance Volunteer Day on Wednesday 6 September at East Axnoller Farm in Dorset, and welcomes volunteers on a drop-in basis to its Butterfly Garden Thursdays - a weekly gardening project running all year round.
The Donkey Sanctuary’s Volunteer Days are free events, however, booking is recommended. No experience is necessary, just a reasonable level of fitness and volunteers must be over the age of 16. Gloves, tools and hot drinks will be provided, but please wear sturdy footwear and appropriate outdoor clothing. Volunteers should bring a packed lunch.
For further information and to book a place on The Donkey Sanctuary’s volunteering days, please contact Ruth Angell on 01395 573162 or firstname.lastname@example.org