Thursday, 12 February 2015

Explore your wild side with Lizard National Trust

Volunteer & Visitors at the Wildlife Watchpoint (Photo: Shannon O'Grady)
After a hugely successful first year, the wildlife watchpoint at Lizard Point is back for 2015. We are looking for enthusiastic people, with a love of wildlife, to join the watchpoint team and help inspire visitors at Lizard Point with stories and sightings of choughs, grey seals, porpoise, dolphins, thousands of seabirds and much more.

‘We get tremendous satisfaction from sharing the wonders at Lizard Point with visitors from all over the world. I'm always amazed at how interested they are in all aspects of our wildlife.’ – John (Wildlife Watchpoint Volunteer)

Last year was one of the most enjoyable summers I have ever had and the Watchpoint really made it for me, I can't wait to get started again’ -Roger (Wildlife Watchpoint Volunteer)

See and learn lots of fascinating things at Britain’s most southerly point, while helping visitors get great views of wildlife through our binoculars and telescopes. You don’t need to be a wildlife expert; so long as you are friendly and enjoy talking to people, you can learn on the job. Shifts are typically 4 or 7 hours long, the watchpoint is open from 10-4pm every day from March until mid- Sept. For more info visit our wildlife watchpoint advert on the DO-IT website.

Cornish choughs - Lizard  pair (2014) (Photo: Terry Thirlaway)
We are also looking for volunteers to help us protect the local choughs. The nest protection programme at Lizard Point was formerly run by the RSPB, but with more nests springing up out west they are going to focus their attention over there while we help out by looking after the Lizard choughs. Join the nest protection team to help protect Cornish choughs by monitoring their nest site and kindly asking visitors to look out for them, without getting too close. Give visitors great views and inspire them with the story of the return of Cornwall's magical crow. Shifts are typically 4 hours long in all weather conditions. We protect the nest round the clock so there are day and night time shifts available, offering plenty of flexibility. For more info visit our nest protection advert on the DO-IT website.

Wild Lizard education volunteer (Photo: National Trust)
There are other ways you can volunteer with the National Trust on the Lizard, perhaps you’d like to help keep your favourite beach clean, check ponies on your favourite stretch of coast, or maybe you could volunteer at the Lizard Wireless Station as a museum guide, or with the Wild Lizard Education Ranger as an educational events volunteer, inspiring children with activities across the Peninsula.

To find out more about volunteering with National Trust on the Lizard please get in touch and we will be happy to answer any questions.

If you are interested in volunteering for the ‘watchpoint’ or ‘chough watch’ on the Lizard contact Catherine Lee on 01326 291174 or email

If you are interested in volunteering for ‘chough watch’ in West Penwith contact Nicola Shanks on 01736 360624 or email

- Cat (Wildlife Watchpoint Co-ordinator)

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