There are over 70 dedicated volunteers at Marsden Moor who are involved in all aspects of conserving the moorland. From habitat conservation to updating our social media, growing and selling plants to leading guided walks across the moors; volunteers play a huge part in supporting the small National Trust team at Marsden Moor. Here, we take a look at a small selection of tasks our volunteers give up their time for.
Our expert gardeners grow and sell plants at our popular plants sales to help Marsden Moor raise money towards the conservation of the moorland. The volunteers look after garden plants all year round to ensure that a great selection of healthy plants is available to buy. Keep an eye on our social media for the latest plant sales events.
Our survey group volunteers meet regularly to survey and monitor the moorland. The research they carry out helps us to identify some of the most important ecological issues affecting Marsden Moor.
Let’s take a look at a few of the tasks they undertake…
Monitoring plants and animals
Where can we find the important plants and animals on the moorland? Are they species of special interest? Are they under-represented in the area? These are the kind of questions our group of survey volunteers try to find the answers to so they can contribute to the Landscape Outdoors and Nature (LON) monitoring schemes for plants, birds, butterflies and bats.
Measuring peat depths
In collaboration with Leeds University and Yorkshire Water, the survey group systematically measures the depth of the peat on White Moss and Birk Moss. Their findings help us to help assess how big the peat resource is, since peat bog performs an essential role in reducing flood risk and is an important nature conservation resource.
Collecting data for land management
The group regularly downloads data collected by instruments set up on Dan Clough Moss as part of the Environmental Monitoring Scheme (EMS). The data is then processed by Moors for the Future to give a wide-ranging regional picture. Collecting data in this way is one of the ways to find how the changing climate is affecting the moor and to find the best way to manage the land for biodiversity.
Monitoring gates, fences and stiles
There are miles of fencing and a huge collection of stiles and gates on Marsden Moor, all of which need to be safe and fit for purpose. Our survey group regularly walk the fence lines to identify where work is needed.
" After retiring I joined the Monday conservation group. What a privilege it is to be saving the moorland landscape with like-minded colleagues from all walks of life."
For a more in-depth look at the work of our survey group volunteers, a selection of their written reports are availble to download.
Becoming a volunteer
PLEASE NOTE: Volunteer recruitment is currently on hold due to the coronavirus outbreak. Please keep checking our Facebook page for the most up to date information.
Giving up time to volunteer is rewarding work and plays a crucial role in helping us to continue to protect and conserve the special landscape that we love. We couldn’t do it without them.
Corporate volunteering or Employer supported volunteering.
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