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Volunteer moorland scientists

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If you are fit and confident about being out on remote sites on the moors, the Moors for the Future volunteering team would like to hear from you – there are regular opportunities to get involved in the scientific and monitoring programmes that are part of this leading conservation programme.

For more information go to www.moorsforthefuture.org.uk/community-science.

Case study

Antoine CoxVolunteer with Moors for the Future Team

Antoine Cox, 23, who lives in Sheffield, volunteers with the Moors for the Future team. He graduated in June 2014 with a degree in environmental science but found himself in a vicious circle of not having enough experience to get a job, and not having a job so not gaining experience.

“I needed the opportunity to get some real work experience to put on my C.V. I found out about Moors for the Future from browsing online – they were looking for volunteers so I jumped at the chance. There was a form to fill in on the website www.moorsforthefuture.org.uk and it went from there. I got a call from Jemma, the volunteers organiser, she added me to the mailing list so whenever there was an opportunity to join in I got to hear about it.

“I started volunteering in September 2014 and it has been great as it gives me something meaningful to do in the week – it’s not easy being unemployed and trying to find a job. This way I am getting training and experience and meeting different people.

“With Moors for the Future I am part of a like-minded group working to look after a fantastic part of the country and help nature as best we can. There’s a real feel good factor in giving your time to help something that's worthwhile. The team has a great reputation and the work they do is well respected so it’s great to be a part of it.

“I really enjoy being out in the fresh air, the views are incredible and at the same time I'm learning from working alongside the experienced staff. I’m getting hand's on experience of moorland restoration and conservation. I've done vegetation surveys, gully blocks sedimentation level monitoring and water sampling.

“I've regularly taken part in the dip well campaign measuring the water levels in the metre-high dip wells every Thursday – these are important for checking how the heather and other plants are doing in areas we want them to grow back in, and for monitoring how the peat in different places is retaining water after gulley blocking work and the ongoing restoration of the vegetation. The sites are usually in the middle of nowhere so you need to be quite fit to cope with a full day out on the moors but I love the challenge.”

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