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Volunteering at Murlough NNR

Murlough volunteers dune thatching © National Trust/Murlough

Murlough volunteers dune thatching

Murlough is a hugely valuable nature reserve which we manage in South Down. It is Ireland's first ever nature reserve and encompasses an incredible 16 percent of the UK’s dune heathland. We currently have three full-time rangers at Murlough and Mourne. If you add the additional 1,400 acres which we manage on Slieve Donard and Slieve Commedagh, it’s a huge area to look after. We depend on and value our volunteers, which are a must for Murlough.

What you can expect

Volunteers mending a bridge

  • Butterfly surveys
  • Habitat management
  • Wild flower surveys
  • Beach cleans
  • Tree surveys
  • Site patrols
  • Fencing repairs
  • Boardwalk maintenance
  • Events
  • Fixed point photography
  • Mapping of invasive species

The benefits

Murlough National Nature Reserve beach clean © National Trust/Murlough

Murlough National Nature Reserve beach clean

At Murlough we see volunteering as a mutually beneficial partnership – a win for both the National Trust and the volunteer. Volunteers get to meet new people and learn new skills in a spectacular setting. We gain from getting vital help with the valuable work we do tackling invasive species and conserving our fragile habitats.

Volunteering opportunities at Murlough

Murlough Nature Reserve Volunteers © National Trust/Murlough

Murlough Nature Reserve Volunteers

We are currently looking for Volunteer Rangers at Murlough. People who volunteer at Murlough include students, graduates, retired professionals, community groups and school groups - we also offer accommodation for long-term overseas volunteers. Volunteering can be flexible around you. Some of our volunteers are full time and some can only offer a few hours per month, but we are always grateful for any assistance we receive.

See the link below for a volunteer registration form, fill it in and email it to us.

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Hello, my name is Rebekah Stevenson and I am studying BSc Hons Countryside and Environmental Management at Harper Adams University. I am currently on my placement year and have been a volunteer assistant ranger at Murlough NNR for nearly five months.

Keep up to date with the experience of our volunteers.