Beacon Volunteers

The work of Cormac and Cornwall Council is reinforced by a huge effort from the Beacon Volunteers in a range of tasks, including community representatives on the advisory group, butterfly surveying, hedgelaying, bird recording, running events and conservation tasks.

Currently we are looking for new members for the Beacon management advisory group:

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The Bodmin Beacon Management Advisory Group works together to preserve and enhance the reserve for people and wildlife, creating an important historical, educational and social feature in the heart of Bodmin. The Advisory Group brings together representatives of Cornwall Council, Cormac Solutions Ltd, Bodmin Town Council and volunteers from the local community , who have a common interest to seek to safeguard and maintain the natural and historic heritage of Bodmin Beacon Local Nature Reserve. The wide ranging remit of the group embraces topics as diverse as education, access, conservation and land management. Meetings of the Advisory Group are generally held three times a year either on site or in Bodmin.

So we would love to hear from you..Perhaps you are you a Beacon regular? Do you enjoy exploring the woodland, lanes and meadows? If so perhaps you would like to play a part in guiding management of the Nature Reserve? Please contact environment.volunteers@cornwall.gov.uk for further details.

Being a Beacon volunteer can be rewarding and enjoyable. Learning new skills, meeting different people and getting loads of fresh air and exercise are just some of the benefits. So why not get involved? With your help the Beacon can grow from strength to strength and we can really make a difference now and for future generations.

Future volunteer projects include:

  • Butterfly monitoring April - September
  • People Counts Seasonal

A Beacon Volunteer Wrote:

When asked to write a few words on my volunteering my first thought was "How did I get myself into this?" It started when I retired. Living close by I have enjoyed the Beacon for years including many of the organised events. When I heard volunteers were wanted it seemed a perfect way, not only to put something back, but to enhance the pleasure by learning what really goes into the management of an area such as this. Since then, by working on various projects, I have been privy to the intricacies of coppicing, Cornish hedge building and hedge laying. Very different for somebody that spent their working life in a factory. I have also learnt about the wildlife. The butterflies, the birds and the insects found on the Beacon and have even watched bats. Add to this the mushrooms, toadstools and wild flowers and I think the question should not be "How did I get myself into this?" but "Why didn't I do it sooner?