highland conservation

Highlands, Scotland



The Experience

Venture in to the spectacular Scotland and volunteer abroad taking part in wildlife and environmental conservation in the remote Scottish Highlands to protect wildlife like the European Wild Cat, White-Tailed Eagles, European Otter, European Otter, Osprey and Golden Eagle!

With the min duration of 12 weeks and max duration of 24 weeks, you need to be committed for this experience. You will be working as part of a small team of volunteers undertaking a wide range of practical conservation tasks. This could include: the felling of non-native trees, wildlife monitoring & research, removing invasive plants, maintaining footpaths, constructing fences, installing reserve signs, building boardwalks, repairing bird hides.

This Is Why

  • Explore the amazing Scottish Highlands and other wild regions of Scotland
  • Help save the Highlands one of the last strongholds for wildlife in Western Europe
  • Learn about Wildlife & Environment conservation and research

Project Details
  • Key Start Dates
    Year round.
  • Package Prices

    8 Weeks: $2895.00 US
  • 12 Weeks: $3995.00 US
  • 16 Weeks: $4995.00 US
  • 20 Weeks: On request
  • 24 Weeks: On request
  • Volunteer duration
    8-24 weeks
  • Average Work hours
    You will be required to volunteer 5 days a week and around 8 hrs per day, depending on the time of year
  • Number of Volunteers
    2 - 8
  • Volunteer accommodation
  • Housing Type
    Applicants will be staying either with a host family or in a private room/apartment located closeby the project.
  • Internet Access
    Yes, but limited and should be kept to a minimum
  • Who Are They Looking For?
    Love of the outdoors and a passion for animals is a priority. You should not be fussy, picky or hypersensitive. We will not tolerate smoking, alcohol or the use of drugs. Please remember that you are a guest, therefore, respecting the rules is essential.

Fast Facts: Scotland

Where? Europe, Scotland

Country Size: 78,387 km2
30,414 sq mi

Population density? 67.5/km2, 174.1/sq mi

Country Famous for? Scottish Highlands, Bagpipes, Golden Eagles, Otters, Loch Ness, Mountains, William Wallace, Ale's

When to visit: All year round

  • What's Included
    • Placement
      Highlands Conservation
    • Accommodation
      Accommodation  included. Volunteers will be staying in a private small single room with a host family or in an apartment.
    • Transportation
      All transportations included from your accommodation to the project site and back
    • Professional training

      You will be trained in wildlife conservation and research and will be provided the needed tools, equipment, health and safety.
    • Ongoing service
      If there are any problems with your volunteer project we are always there to help you and mediate between yourself and the organization.
    • Tours
      Through FRONTEERING you have the possibility to book tours in Europe after you have finished your volunteer project.
    • 24/7 Emergency contact
      If there are any problems during you stay in Vancouver you can reach us 24/7 to assist you.

    What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Meals 

    Package Price:
    08 Weeks: $2895.00 US,     10 Weeks: $3395.00 US,     12 Weeks: $3995.00 US,     14 Weeks: $4495.00 US and  16 Weeks: $4995.00 US


    You will be working as part of a small team of volunteers undertaking a wide range of practical conservation tasks. This could include:

    • Felling non native trees
    • Wildlife Monitoring & Research
    • Removing invasive plants
    • Maintaining footpaths
    • Constructing fences
    • Installing reserve signs
    • Building boardwalks
    • Repairing bird hides

    This experience gives volunteers the chance to become involved with many different projects of wildlife and conservation effort to protect Scottish nature and wildlife. Your volunteering will take place on a network of nature reserves. There are  a wide range of reserves, including woodland, grasslands, peat bogs, coastal reserves, upland reserves and urban reserves. You will get the opportunity to work on many differnet projects on many different sites to make sure for a great learning experience for your self and in return a great help for our program.

  • Requirements, Guidelines & Policies
    • Required to commit to a minimum of 12 weeks
    • NO SMOKING is allowed.
    • Strong work ethics are required: reliable, responsible, honest, good sense of humour, dependable, physically and mentally fit.
    • Age: 18+
    • Extreme Weather, dirt and living in a remote area must be something you can handle.
    • A love for animals and nature!
    • Must read and agree to abide by guidelines and ethics
    • Good communication skills and the ability to work in a team
    • Good knowledge of the English
  • Volunteer Benefits
    • Have the opportunity to work and live in the Scottish Highlands!
    • Learn about the Scottish way of life and culture
    • Improve your English skills
    • Learn all there is to know about environmental and wildlife related conservation
  • Fast Facts
    • Project location
      Highlands of Scotland
    • Area Famous For
      Bagpipes, Mountains, Golden Eagles, Highlanders, Braveheart, William Wallace, Ale's and fried foods.
    • When to visit
      All year round.
    • Wildlife viewing
      The Scottish Highlands are a stronghold for wildlife that is rare in other West European countries like the Golden Eagle and the European Wild Cat.
  • Accommodation
    Volunteers will be staying in small single rooms in an aprtment compound or a local host family, this all depends on the location you'll be placed at.


    Meals are not included but you are able to buy all your food locally. Cost for a weeks worth of Groceries should be between 60 - 80 US$ which equals around 40 GBP (of course it depends on the person).


    The location of the projects will be mostly in the Scottish Highlands and some of the other wilderness areas of Scotland. On request you can also volunteer from the Edinburgh area for those who prefer some more comfort and all the acvities a large city has to offer.

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