In the Scottish Invasive Species Initiative the health, safety and welfare of our volunteers, staff and wider public is our top priority and we follow the latest Scottish Government and NHS advice as to what we should and should not be doing as part of the collective effort to manage the containment of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Outdoor conservation work
We know that outdoor volunteering provides many positive benefits to both individuals and to us as a project. Where we are able to safely do so we will continue to provide opportunities for volunteers to work with us on both our mink and plant control projects.
We have changed our procedures to enable us to restart and continue our conservation work safely and in accordance with the current guidance. This includes reducing the number of volunteers we can accommodate at any one time to ensure physical distancing and so other protection measures can be maintained.
For those that volunteer with us we have produced additional guidance documents for volunteering during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Scottish Government update of 11 September 2020 which introduced new restrictions on gathering size is not applicable in work situations and, therefore, we are able to continue working with small numbers of volunteers from more than one household at any one time.
We appreciate and value all who volunteer with us and if you think we can make additional adjustments that would allow you to volunteer with us e.g. only working with one staff member and no other volunteers, please do let us know. We will try to be as flexible as we can to allow all who wish to volunteer with us to do so safely and with confidence.
Group activities, events and outreach work
We continue to operate in a socially responsible way and will not put ourselves or others at potential risk whilst delivering our project. So, for now, we will not be running group events or indoor activities, such as school groups, talks, meetings or training events, other than via video conferencing.
Schools have now re-opened and many are looking to deliver learning in the outdoors. We will aim to support them with the delivery of outdoor educational activities related to our project where risk assessment allows us to do so.
Updated: 17 September 2020
Keeping up to date
As and when the Scottish Government restrictions change, we will review our position and update our activities accordingly.
You can find our latest coronavirus updates on our website www.invasivespecies.scot/coronavirus
Get in touch
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or would like to discuss anything. You can contact us on; [email protected]
Or to speak to a member of our team find our contact details here.