The University of Edinburgh Conservation Volunteers, or “The Dirty Weekenders” is a student-run Uni society dedicated to carrying out practical conservation work, often along side local rangers and organisations such as SWT, SNH, the Foresty Commision and Lothian Councils. We usually have a project every Sunday where we work at a nature park or similar place, in or around Edinburgh. These projects aim to improve natural aesthetics, maintain paths and aid in conservation work such as tree planting and invasive species eradication. Tools, lunches (and biscuits!) and transport are all provided, making it easy to get yourself involved!
We also meet up to socialize every Thursday and every Sunday after a project, at the Auld Hoose pub (Details here). We have also been known to go to ceilidhs, have tv & films nights, and other socials.
Every so often, around once or twice per semester, we have ‘bothies’ – a weekend away doing conservation work, socializing, and generally having a great time. Details of these will be posted once dates and locations are finalized.
Recent Projects have taken us to all sorts of sites local to Edinburgh:
Arthur’s Seat & Holyrood Park, Roslin Glen, Springfield Mill, Newbattle Abbey, Dalkeith Country Estate, Penicuik/Dalkeith Foot path, Beeslack Woods, Aberlady Bay, Gullane Bay, Spokes Cycleway, Beecraigs, Cathkin Marsh, Currie Wood and more!