Practical Volunteer - Natural Flood Management (Ottery St Mary)

Location: Ottery St. Mary, Ottery St. Mary, Devon
We are looking for volunteers to get involved with some practical work, assisting with the installation of physical natural flood management interventions near Ottery St. Mary.

Position details

Duration

-

Commitment

Weekdays

Contact details

Contact Laura Fairs (lfairs@devonwildlifetrust.org) for a chat about the role or ring 07538 682415 or 01392 260838. Please leave a message on this phone if no answer and Laura will call you back.

Purpose:

Devon Wildlife Trust is leading a Natural Flood Management project in Ottery St. Mary to reduce the risk of flooding to properties in Ottery St. Mary and benefit wildlife in the catchment.

The project is working through the small catchment of the Furzebrook, just outside Ottery St Mary, starting at the East Hill Strips woodland and working with landowners down through the land towards the town. The project will put in a series of natural flood management measures to help reduce surface water movement and increase biodiversity.

The purpose of this role is to assist with the installation of physical natural flood management interventions such as woody dams in small, ditch like watercourses in the area.  As these interventions slow the flow of the water and raise the bed level, they will also have the added benefit of improving water quality and benefitting wildlife as well.

What the task involves:

Volunteers are needed to help build woody dams in watercourses. The work will involve some of the following tasks:

  • Clearing back vegetation on the banks of ditches
  • Drilling, hammering and working with basic hand tools
  • Planting living willow stems
  • Making and attaching bundles of brushwood (faggots)
  • Planting trees
  • Digging logs into banks of watercourse
  • Lowering logs into position

As much of this work will take place next to, or in, shallow watercourses, volunteers may need to stand in shallow water or cross ditches and banks during the work.

Skills and abilities

  • Most of the skills required can be learned on the task. However, a willingness to work in all weather and in conditions that have the potentially for you to get wet and muddy is essential.
  • An ability to lift and handle heavy loads in a team with others would also be useful but not essential.
  • Willingness to use light hand tools – training will be provided, and no prior experience is necessary
  • Physically able to work on sloping and uneven ground.

Where:

Ottery St Mary – on farmland just outside the town.

When and how often:

From Sept 2019- March 2021.

Individual dates will vary, but flexible to the availability of volunteers. Usually a weekday.

What’s in it for the volunteer?

  • By being a part of the Ottery St Mary NFM project, you will be helping to use natural process to reduce the risk of flooding in the town.
  • This project is part of a wider community of NFM projects which are all contributing evidence to the national knowledge on NFM. You will gain experience of practical natural flood management work and help contribute to solutions and data of what works.
  • Being outdoors and socially connecting with others.
  • Supporting your local Wildlife Trust and improving biodiversity in your local area.
  • Satisfaction of a tangible construction project.
  • Learn new skills, or share existing skills.

How to apply

Contact Laura Fairs (lfairs@devonwildlifetrust.org) for a chat about the role or ring 07538 682415 or 01392 260838. Please leave a message on this phone if no answer and Laura will call you back.

Further information can be found in the task description below.

 

Download the task description