What is the project about?
The March Forth for Veterans project aims to engage members of the armed forces community in practical conservation work.
Following on from our series of online wildlife workshops, we are now running practical conservation training sessions for volunteers from the wider armed forces community, but especially targeting veterans who are looking to get involved in hands-on conservation work either as a hobby, or as part of move to working in conservation.
Take a look at the video below to see our very own James McAdie speak about how he went from the RAF to a career in conservation:
The sessions will be occurring each Wednesday and Saturday over the coming months, with separate times arranged for mornings, afternoons and evenings to suit all.
Volunteers can choose to attend a single session, monthly, weekly or even twice a week for the very keen.
All of the sessions will be located in Falkirk or Stirling, and will involve a variety of tasks that will help to ‘re-wild’ their local neighbourhoods. They will gain training in habitat management and will work alongside our field worker to build and restore ponds, create wetlands, plant wildflowers, build rockeries and build and install wildlife homes. All equipment and necessary PPE will be provided.
The volunteers groups will have a mix of staff, members of the local public and veterans/forces community to maximise skill sharing and community.
The sessions will be run in strict accordance with current Covid guidelines, and all equipment will be fully cleaned between sessions.
Dates and times of the Wednesday and Saturday sessions can be found here:
In the 1st course we will explore how to maximise smaller spaces and gardens for the benefit of wildlife.
The 2nd and 3rd courses will cover the techniques for identifying and surveying our native amphibians and reptiles.
The final session will be looking at how to create, manage and restore ponds as well as terrestrial habitats for amphibians. Practical information on constructing habitats for reptiles will also be explored.
If you want to find out more about the project or get involved, please contact:
07949 577 410
With thanks to our funder