Health hazards in conservation work

COVID-19 outbreak: The current Omicron wave is concerning but for now our task programme continues to run in line with government guidance for Beyond Level 0 (as updated on 2021-11-16) As outdoor activities our tasks are relatively safe but use of the minibus is potentially risky. Therefore we request that all volunteers who are using the minibus to attend tasks should take a lateral flow test on the morning of the task, hopefully catching any cases before they cause an issue. Additional measures may well be announced by the government over the coming days and weeks; should these affect LCV's activities we will inform volunteers.

On a happier note, our exciting task programme for Q1 2022 is now available. We hope to see you on task soon.

Conservation work is not usually a particularly hazardous activity. However it does increase the risk of exposure to a few nasty illnesses, in particular Tetanus, Weil's Disease and Lyme Disease. Some of the plants we work with also present unusual hazards.

We must admit that the occasional volunteer has got sunburnt on a task with us, but as far as we know, nobody out of the hundreds of volunteers who have come out with LCV in the last 40 years has ever caught any of the more serious diseases.

With luck your client should point out the hazardous species / substances on the site but there are some generally sensible precautions which can be taken to minimise the small chances of suffering from any problems as follows:

It is also advisable that you can recognise and are familiar with some of the more common health hazards of conservation work. More detailed advice about these can be found by following these links.