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Volunteer in 2018

We have not yet confirmed final details of the 2018 dig dates, but we hope to be able to dig for 8 weeks in July and August 2018, and will post the dates here as soon as we are able.


If you would like join the 2018 dig team please email us at info@swandro.co.uk  and we will keep your details on file and get in touch when we know more. If you have contacted us already there is no need to reapply, we still have your details. Please note that volunteers from outside Orkney will have to pay their own accommodation costs as we do not have the funds to provide this.


Swandro dig team in July 2013 - a typical balmy summer's day in Orkney

Prospective volunteers need to be aware that due to the location of the site, the uneven terrain, and unstable nature of the storm beach you will need to be both fit and well to dig at Swandro. Orkney weather can also be wet and windy even in summer so you will also need a full set of waterproofs, stout footwear (preferably steel toed boots) woolly hat, gloves & lots of warm clothing. A sense of humour and ability to work as part of a team is also a must!

Volunteers hard at work in 2016 racing the tide at Swandro