Shepherd/ess for nature reserve

Shepherd(esses) wanted for nature reserve. We already have a nature reserve (Noakes Grove, Sewards End) with a small flock of sheep that are used to maintain the flower-rich meadows. We have a team of seven volunteers who, on a rota, visit the sheep one day a week each. Visits entail feeding (with hay and concentrate nuts) at some times of the year, topping up water pots and checking that all are fit and healthy. Experienced volunteers get involved in tasks for which training is given: lambing, hoof checking and cutting, moving to new pastures). Shepherdess with young children find visits are much enjoyed by their children.

We have just opened a new nature reserve at Rivermead, Hempstead on the border with Steeple Bumpstead and are anxious to find similar volunteers living in Hempstead or close by who can form the basis of a new "Rivermead sheep team". We have three volunteers already and need another four.


No special skills needed except a driving licence and car to get to Rivermead. Training is given for the more complex tasks but initially the check visits are simple and a single training visit is sufficient.


  • Suitable for under 18s
    Must be over 17, able to drive & capable of handling sheep.
  • DBS check required
  • Training provided
    experienced volunteers with basic skills will have the opportunity to attend funded training (e.g. lambing skills) if they wish
  • Volunteer policy
    No written policy.
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Written role description
  • Accessibility
    Depends on the individual.
  • Volunteer induction
  • Ongoing support
  • Health and Safety Policy
    This role is not suitable for any lady who is (or might be) pregnant. NHS recommend that one avoids all contact with sheep during pregnancy because of the small risk of contracting contagious abortion.

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 21/05/2018

End Date: 21/05/2019

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Afternoon Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Evening No No No No No No No

Availability Details

Rivermead nature reserve opposite Bulls Bridge Farm, Bumpstead Road, Hempstead, Essex, United Kingdom, CB10 2PP Flexible with times.


This opportunity is available in: Braintree, Uttlesford

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