Become a Bransdale volunteer

A volunteer uses a long handled tool to clear bracken

We’d love your help to make Bransdale better for nature.

Bransdale’s 2,000 acres are a mixture of woodland, grassland and moorland, with Hodge Beck running through the dale and farms sprinkled along its sides. In spring the valley is alive with the sound of curlew, lapwing and, of course, sheep.

Sunshine brings spring colour to Bransdale
A view northwards up the green valley of Bransdale on a sunny spring day with sheep in the foreground
Sunshine brings spring colour to Bransdale

Ambitious plans to make Bransdale’s fields and woods richer for nature mean there’s a lot of work to do. Amongst other things, there are hundreds of metres of dry stone walling and fencing to maintain; Bracken is constantly trying to encroach on more wildlife-rich habitats, so needs cutting back. Our small team can’t do all this alone, so we’re looking to establish a volunteer group to help.

Spring and summer bring opportunities to get involved in carrying out biological surveys. These are essential to gather baseline information as the transformation of the dale’s habitats begins. You don’t need to be an expert naturalist to lend a hand.

Habitat surveys tell us whether nature is thriving under sensitive management
A man kneels in a grassy field amongst wildflowers with a clipboard and net as he carries out a survey
Habitat surveys tell us whether nature is thriving under sensitive management

If you’re looking to keep active and want to work in a tranquil, inspiring place, volunteering in Bransdale could be for you. As well as helping wildlife, it’s a chance to meet interesting new people in a relaxed and supportive environment. You don’t need experience, we’ll give you any training required.

Our base is in the heart of the dale, so you will need your own transport to get here, although we may be able to make arrangements to collect you from Kirkbymoorside.

You can be sure of a warm welcome and plenty of encouragement to get the most you can out of your time with us.
For more details please contact Bransdale ranger David via email at: or call the office on 01751 431 693. If nobody is available to take your call, please leave a message and we’ll get back to you.