About the local hosting organizationDean Castle Country Park covers over 200 acres, and is nestled in the heart of Kilmarnock. The Country Park boasts beautiful woodland walks, an adventure playground, urban farm, visitor centre, tearoom, shop and a fantastic 14th century castle housing world class collections including historic weapons, armour and musical instruments. You can explore the park using scenic paths and trails - each season brings with it ever changing plants and wildlife that you might spy along the way. With over 80 hectares of countryside within a very urban area, the park is a great place to get away from the stresses of everyday life and see some fantastic wildlife. Volunteers will take part in environmental and conservation activities throughout the park, depending on the needs of the park at that time.
About the volunteer workWe’ll be working in the Lagoons area of the country park on the Bat Bothy project creating a safe place for bats to hibernate over the winter. This will involve digging, woodwork and other habitat management tasks. We’ll also get muddy clearing out a pond to improve for wildlife and provide an even better foraging habitat for the bats in spring and summer.
Local accommodationThe volunteers will be housed at a new residential centre in the country park just along the main drive for the castle. There will be four to a room in bunk beds. There is sufficient space that men and women can sleep in different rooms. There is a kitchen with cooking equipment available for the volunteers to use at the centre as well as a recreational space.
About the project locationDean Castle Country Park is in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire. There are places to visit within a short distances, Troon is easily accessible by train (15 mins) with beach and views to Arran and Glasgow is 40 mins away by train.