Dive, dig and discover as a New Forest volunteer

Lidar heritage mapping

Published Monday 3 March 2014

Laser mapping, wildlife recording and underwater marine surveys are just some of the exciting opportunities at this year’s New Forest Volunteer Fair.

People looking for new challenges and new friends are invited to the annual free event on March 15 which showcases the best of volunteering opportunities in the National Park.

Organised by the New Forest National Park Authority, the fair showcases a variety of stands and talks from local volunteer organisations on projects running in 2014. The exciting opportunities include:

  • Using laser mapping at archaeological sites from the Bronze Age to World War II on field surveys with the New Forest National Park Authority
  • Cataloguing and cleaning historic motoring objects at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu
  • Scuba diving as part of a marine wildlife survey with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
  • Recording wildlife sightings to help create the first mammal atlas of the south-east
  • Supporting adventurous activities with the Hampshire Scouts.

Julian Johnson, chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘Volunteering is an excellent way to meet new people, learn new skills, keep active and make a real difference to the Forest. Anyone with an interest in the wildlife, landscape and heritage of the National Park is sure to find plenty of interesting and exciting opportunities at this year’s volunteer fair.’

Michael Osborne, a volunteer for the National Park’s heritage mapping project, said: ‘Volunteering has enabled me to visit new areas of the New Forest and carry out surveys into its fascinating history. There has been a real sense of teamwork and not only have we helped record and protect this valuable heritage, but there have been a lot of laughs and fun on the way.’

Organisations signed up to attend the Fair include the Forestry Commission, the National Trust, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, Friends of New Forest Airfields, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Ringwood and Fordingbridge Footpath Society, New Forest Healthy Walks, the New Forest Centre, Hampshire Conservation Volunteers, Hampshire Scouts and many more.

The Volunteer Fair will be held on Saturday, 15 March, from 10.30am to 4pm at Lyndhurst Community Centre.

Visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/volunteerfair2014 for more details.

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About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

Visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk to find out more.

Media Contact:

Sion Donovan, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646639
Email: sion.donovan@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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