Now published: CJS Focus on Volunteering in affiliation with the Association of Countryside Volunteers

The latest CJS Focus is in affiliation with the Association of Countryside Volunteers. Running to twenty two pages the lead article introduces ACV, gives some background on the organisation and details some of the hopes for the future. Many organisations have ‘Friends Groups’ associated with their countryside sites. Duncan Priddle at East Lothian Council explores some of the issues encountered when setting up and running these groups and gives some very sound advice. Natural England gives a case study of Fenn’s, Whixall & Bettisfield Mosses NNR, where last year, volunteers gave an extra 1800 hours, the equivalent to an extra 6 staff. Further evidence of the monetary value of volunteering is provided by Graham Appleton of BTO who adds in some figures for volunteer contributions to the Trust. White Cliffs Countryside Partnership  discusses the range of volunteer opportunities they offer and describes the different volunteer roles they have been able to identify within their work. Shropshire Wildlife Trust has written an article about their Volunteering Strategy and the changes that have been made to volunteer recruitment in the last few years. To end, the success of Bioblitz is described along with details of how to set up your own event. Added in to the mix are 43 individual volunteer positions and lots of work day events and projects to get involved in.