Warringah's Friends of the Bush (FOTB) Volunteer Program was formed in 1991 to improve wildlife habitat by removing weeds, replanting native species and encouraging the return of healthy bush. There are over 200 volunteers who work at over 30 different sites throughout Warringah. Most bushcare groups work at set times through the year, for two hours each month.
Anyone can become a volunteer
FOTB is a successful partnership between the community and Council. We provide assistance to the volunteers through training, tools and on-site help.
FOTB has activities to suit all levels of participation. To become a volunteer, all you need to do is attend one of our regular FOTB bushcare sessions and complete an onsite induction with one of our qualified supervisors. FOTB Bushcare session times and meeting locations can be found to the right.
Joining a volunteer Bushcare group is a great way to meet your neighbours and other like minded community members. It is a chance to meet up with friends and spend some quality time together, with the added bonus of actively working to better Warringah’s amazing bushland.
Participating in bushcare can be a good career move for people interested in working in the environment field. It's a great way to gain practical experience and build on tertiary qualifications. It is also looked on favourably by prospective employers. Participating in bushcare could give your resume that extra edge for that dream job.
Practical skills you will gain by volunteering with Warringah's Friends of the Bush include:
- Site planning and monitoring
- Flora and fauna identification
- Bush regeneration techniques
- Knowledge about threatened species management
- Interpersonal skills in cooperatively working with other volunteers, Council staff and bush regeneration contractors
- Native plant propagation at our community nursery
If you love Long Reef, you can meet with Reefcare Long Reef and help regenerate and conserve the aquatic reserve.