Volunteer Livestock Checker for Aldbury Nowers
, Tring, Hertfordshire , HP23 5QW
We need a dedicated Volunteer Livestock Checker to carry out weekly checks of the sheep grazing Aldbury Nowers.
ROLE TITLE: Volunteer Livestock Checker for Aldbury Nowers Nature Reserve
RESPONSIBLE TO: Aldbury Nowers Reserves Officer
WORK AREA: Aldbury Nowers Nature Reserve, Tring, HP23 5QW
ANTICIPATED TIME CONTRIBUTION: 60 minutes per week plus travel to Aldbury Nowers
To carry out a check once a week of the sheep grazing Aldbury Nowers Nature Reserve. This can easily be combined with a general visit to the nature reserve.
Grazing is essential to maintaining the rare wildlife of the meadow and welfare of the sheep must be maintained. Aldbury Nowers comprises of two area of hillside linked by The Ridgeway National Trail. The chalk grassland supports a dazzling array of chalk grassland flowers and over 30 species of butterfly.
The Trust uses its flying flock of Shetland sheep to prevent an impenetrable thatch of dead vegetation building up and hindering the following season’s new growth.
- Checking that sheep are all present
- Checking that sheep are in the correct place
- Look for signs of possible ill health on the sheep
- Checking water
EXISTING SKILLS OR EXPERIENCE NEEDED
- An interest in wildlife and/or livestock
- General physical fitness to walk across grassland with some hills