Want to help protect Sefton sand dunes’ important wildlife?

Volunteers are an important part of the Gems in the Dunes project and are responsible for carrying out vital habitat management and species surveys within an incredibly rare habitat. If you want to get involved, see below for our Autumn volunteer programme! 

Dates, times and tasks may change from time to time. To make sure you keep up to date, why not register with us as a volunteer? Email the team at [email protected] and ask for a volunteer form!

Click on the links to take you to the meeting places!

Date

Time

Task

Information

Meeting at:

Tuesday 8th October

10am-3pm

Buckthorn bash and burn

Clearing invasive sea buckthorn and other scrub from the dunes.

Ainsdale Discovery Centre, Ainsdale, PR8 2QB

Saturday 12th October

10am-3pm

An arty buckthorn bash!

A different take on scrub clearance - join us and our artists as we combine habitat management with creativity.

Ainsdale Discovery Centre, Ainsdale, PR8 2QB

Wednesday 23rd October

10am-3pm

Buckthorn bash and burn

A joint task day with Natural England clearing invasive sea buckthorn and other scrub from the dunes.

End of Jubilee Road, Formby, L37 2YN

Saturday 26th October

10am-3pm

Buckthorn bash and burn

Clearing invasive sea buckthorn and other scrub from the dunes.

End of Blundell Road, Hightown, L38 9GL

Tuesday 29th October

10am-3pm

Buckthorn bash and burn

Clearing invasive sea buckthorn and other scrub from the dunes.

Ainsdale Discovery Centre, Ainsdale, PR8 2QB

Tuesday 5th November

10am-3pm

Buckthorn bash and burn

Clearing invasive sea buckthorn and other scrub from the dunes.

Altcar Training Camp Gate House, Grange Rd, Hightown, L38 7JE

Thursday 7th November

10am-3pm

Buckthorn bash and burn

Clearing invasive sea buckthorn and other scrub from the dunes.

Altcar Training Camp Gate House, Grange Rd, Hightown, L38 7JE

Wednesday 13th November

10am-3pm

Marram grass harvesting

Harvesting shoots of marram grass to be transplanted on a local Golf course.

Natural England office, Ainsdale, PR8 3QW

Tuesday 19th November

10am-3pm

Dune slack rejuvenation

Clearing scrub and improving an existing natterjack breeding pool.

Ainsdale Discovery Centre, Ainsdale, PR8 2QB

Sunday 24th November

10am-3pm

Buckthorn bash and burn

Clearing invasive sea buckthorn and other scrub from the dunes.

Harewood Avenue, Southport, PR8 2PH

Tuesday 26th November

10am-3pm

Buckthorn bash and burn

Clearing invasive sea buckthorn and other scrub from the dunes.

Ainsdale Discovery Centre, Ainsdale, PR8 2QB

Tuesday 3rd December

10am-3pm

Dune slack rejuvenation

Clearing scrub and improving an existing natterjack breeding pool.

Ainsdale Discovery Centre, Ainsdale, PR8 2QB

Sunday 8th December

10am-3pm

Buckthorn bash and burn

Clearing invasive sea buckthorn and other scrub from the dunes.

Esplanade, Southport, PR8 1RX

Tuesday 10th December

10am-3pm

Buckthorn bash and burn

Clearing invasive sea buckthorn and other scrub from the dunes.

Ainsdale Discovery Centre, Ainsdale, PR8 2QB

Saturday 14th December

10am-3pm

Festive buckthorn bash and burn

A festive volunteer day with bonfires, mince pies and other festive treats!

Ainsdale Discovery Centre, Ainsdale, PR8 2QB

Wednesday 18th December

10am-3pm

Festive buckthorn bash and burn

A festive volunteer day with bonfires, mince pies and other festive treats!

Natural England office, Ainsdale, PR8 3QW

If you would like to get involved or would like more information, please get in touch on 01704 571 575, email [email protected] or head to the Gems in the Dunes Facebook Group. Please remember to dress appropriately and bring enough food and drink for the day.