Volunteering opportunities

Call for Volunteers: Limestone Lepidoptera Project

We need volunteers to help monitor Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary and Northern Brown Argus butterflies across the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The surveys involve independent visits to sites across the National Park to carry out timed counts and/or habitat assessments for these species. Training will be given.

Have an eye for moths or regularly carry out moth trapping? We also need help to search for several high priority species. We want to learn more about the distribution of Barred Tooth-striped, Chestnut-coloured Carpet, Forester, Heath Rivulet, Least Minor and Yellow-ringed Carpet across the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Some of these species may be found flying during the day, some can be monitored by searching for their larvae and others through light trapping. Training will be given.

Please contact Limestone Lepidoptera Project Officer Kay at: kandrews@butterfly-conservation.org.uk for more information

Conservation Work Groups

Get your hands dirty with real conservation work improving habitats and curbing scrub ingress in some of best sites in Yorkshire. Work groups go out from November till the end of March, usually a Sunday 10am -3pm. All tools are provided and everyone including escorted children are welcome so bring the whole family. We are a friendly bunch and there is a great exchange of ideas and experiences and new friends are made. There is great satisfaction at the end of day looking back at what everyone has achieved when it seemed impossible when you started! If we are lucky at the end of a cold day we get to go for a warming cuppa at a local cafe or best of all a clear up bonfire with embers used for jacket potatoes... nothing tastes quite that good after hard graft!

If you would like to help contact Allan Rodda on allan.rodda@yorkshirebutterflies.org.uk or webmaster@yorkshirebutterlies.org.uk

Transect walking

We have 65 regularly walked transects in Yorkshire and many more transects walkers. This is a fascinating role and you learn so much about the wildlife in your local area walking the same route each week. Often transects are shared so everyone gets a chance and holidays and work are covered. You get the chance to enter all your records into the Butterfly Monitoring scheme portal and take a peak at all the other transects. You can also look at your whole years data year on year and compare. One of the most satifying of roles!

If you would like to help or just want to know a bit more contact nick Hall on nick.hall@yorkshirebutterflies.org.uk

Recording and conserving butterflies in your own garden

Outreach: Helping with events

We attend a host of events all over the county and we need helpers to explain what we do. Its great fun and we usually take live insect caught the night before and we are often in beautiful places inside or out. If you have apassion for our subject this is a great way of expressing it to influence others and to meet a whole variety of interesting people.

If you like to know more then contact Ann on ann.davis@yorkshirebutterflies.org.uk

Committee members

Joining the committee allows you to immerse yourself in branch activities in a host of different roles and contribute more fully to policy and decision making.

We are always keen to meet those with a passion for our subject who have time to commit and skills to get over our message.

If you would like to know more or apply then please email martin.partridge@yorkshirebutterflies.org.uk

Ticks are always a threat when working outdoors particularly amongst long vegetation and its important you know how to look after yorself please take a look at our Tick advice HERE