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Learn more about becoming a volunteer 'lookerer' and working with cattle, sheep and ponies.
Cattle, sheep and ponies graze a number of important conservation and ancient chalk downland areas in the city. We have volunteers, known as lookerers, who help keep an eye on our livestock.
Most of our downland sites are on the edge of the city so we need to make more regular checks. If the grazier had to make all of these checks it would take up a large amount of time. It would make grazing many small sites impractical.
Lookerers need to be able to:
We provide volunteers with a free, one day training course held at Stanmer Park or Waterhall Local Nature Reserve. The courses cover both theory and practical training.
You'll learn about:
You learn how to:
Once you're trained as a lookerer, you'll be asked when you're available for when the livestock are on site.
You're then allocated times on a rota when you'll be responsible for checking the site. Each check should take no more than an hour and does not have to be at an exact time, usually morning or afternoon is specified.