Volunteer at Strangford Lough

A group of volunteers working outdoors

The National Trust manages an incredibly large area of land and foreshore around Strangford Lough, including many islands and areas of farmland and woodland. With a team of only four Countryside Wardens, it really couldn’t cope with such a large area, if it wasn’t for the dedicated assistance of its many enthusiastic volunteers.

How you can help

The list of things we get up to is endless and includes:
  • bird surveys
  • red squirrel surveys
  • hedge laying
  • pond digging
  • fencing
  • coppicing
  • dry stone walling
  • photography
  • guided walks
  • tree planting

What's in it for you?

Not only are there many environmental benefits from this work, but the individuals who take part also gain personally from the experience. Volunteering is a fantastic way to stay fit whilst spending time in the fresh air and discovering some of the most inspiring parts of the countryside.
We are constantly learning about our wildlife and discovering skills we didn’t know we had. And we get an enormous amount of pride and satisfaction from doing something which is really worthwhile. All while having great fun with like-minded people.

Who volunteers?

  • students gaining work experience
  • retired or unemployed people who want to do something positive with their free time
  • people who are simply glad to get out of the office at the weekend
  • business groups
  • working holidays
Volunteer Rangers working in woodland

Get involved

There really is something to interest everyone and many ways to get involved either during the week or at weekends. There is no time commitment necessary – just come along on the days that suit you.