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"Volunteering with the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust" by Dilys & Clive Knapman

Posted: Tuesday 7th October 2014 by The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust

Clive and Dilys - PhotoClive and Dilys (left) with another of our past volunteers Lena (right), returning from

Hear from one our past volunteers Dilys & Clive Knapman about their experience volunteering with us

Having visited the islands for over twenty years, they have become one of our family’s special places.

On our visit a few years ago, we noticed a bench in a delightful spot, looking towards the sea, but with the view obstructed by bracken. As I was doing voluntary work with a Path Maintenance group on the mainland, I decided to find out how the islands looked after its paths and archaeological heritage sites.
Enquiries at the Trust office revealed opportunities for enthusiastic volunteers, especially for people qualified to use specialist tools. Suffice it to say that having completed and exchanged paperwork, my wife and I were delighted to be included on the volunteer team the following year.

Working with the Trust provides unique opportunities to visit places off the main routes and to become involved in areas of ‘behind the scenes’ activity. This year we were moving cattle from old to new pasture, exposing overgrown and therefore invisible archaeological ruins, as well as more routine clearance work on footpaths and helping with the Seabird Recovery Project.

The Trust’s provision of bicycles for us this year was a great idea and reduced our dependence on motorised transport and staff resources and made the available time more productive.

The work, although at times physically hard, is immensely varied, interesting and satisfying.

We look forward to going back next year.

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