Ways in which you can help
There are five ways that you can help protect and conserve the local environment.
More than 1,000 local people are involved and thanks to their generous assistance the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (WCCP) can achieve so much. Each year, local people contribute around 1,750 days to help conserve wildlife and improve footpaths. Please see the Events page for details of our current events.
1. Conservation Volunteer
The White Cliffs Countryside Volunteers are a friendly group of local people who meet regularly to carry out practical work to benefit wildlife and improve footpaths. Events are held 3-4 times a week, including most Sundays throughout the year. Details of all the events are shown in the free events leaflet published twice a year by the WCCP. You can come along as often or as little as you want to; you are not obliged to come out on a regular basis, just to the events that interest you. It is free and new members are always welcome.
The events are led by experienced leaders who will explain about the site and the day's work. The leader will demonstrate how to use the tools safely before any work is started. Refreshments are provided and there is usually a mid-morning tea break, lunch stop and afternoon tea break. You are welcome to stop and rest whenever you want, as these events are easy-going although they can be physically tiring sometimes. There is usually no need to book but you will need to make your own way there.
2. Voluntary Warden
Voluntary wardens keep a watchful eye on sites managed by WCCP. When they walk around the site they note any problems such as vandalism or fly tipping and report them to the WCCP. The presence of voluntary wardens and other walkers helps reduce anti-social behaviour. It is hoped to establish voluntary warden schemes in other parts of the WCCP project area.
3. Voluntary Ranger
At Samphire Hoe, a group of voluntary rangers help provide a friendly welcome to visitors seven days a week. They also help with site management, assist with wildlife monitoring and provide support for guided walks and other events.
4. Voluntary River Dour Ranger
River Rangers are required in order that the River Dour can be monitored regularly. Volunteers are provided with information packs and all kinds of free river training so they are confident in reporting.You can give as little or as much time as you would like.
5. Lead a Guided Walk
Local volunteers lead about half the guided walks offered by WCCP. If you have a special interest such as local history, geology or simply would like to lead a guided walk, then contact the WCCP. A short training course about leading a guided walk is held from time-to-time for new walk leaders
6. Join the Countryside Club
Keep in touch with all that is happening in the countryside from the comfort of your armchair. Priority information is sent to members. You will receive all the information about guided walks, cycle rides and conservation events, plus details of the Green Gang activities for children, together will any new leaflets produced by WCCP. The cost is Â£4 per year. Please send a cheque (made out to Dover District Council) together with your name and address to the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership, c/o Dover District Council, White Cliffs Business Park, Dover, Kent CT16 3PJ.
If you think you would like to help us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information, or to be sent a registration form, or call 01304 241806.