Practical Workdays: South West

looking down into Cheddar Gorge (image: Ian Kelsall / pixabay)

Spend a day or more helping to manage an area, conserve a species, improve habitats; learn the necessary skills 'on the job' and help make a difference. All events are for one day unless otherwise specified. Also have a look at the Volunteer Opportunities or Voluntary Organisations pages.


Organisations offering practical work days in the South West of England: this area covers Avon, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall.


Please remember to contact only the organisation or person specified and please mention that you saw the advert with CJS.

Avon Wildlife Trust

What kinds of volunteering roles do we offer? All sorts! We aim to empower a growing community that is supporting nature conservation across Avon, inspiring and resourcing people to take action for wildlife. Across our groups you'll meet like-minded people, gain valuable skills, improve your wellbeing and learn about our native wildlife.

Cornwall Wildlife Trust

Volunteering is an opportunity to make a difference in your local area as well as a chance to learn new skills, meet people, improve your wellbeing and increase your knowledge of nature conservation. In a recent survey, 100% of our volunteers said volunteering makes them happier, so don’t delay, get in contact!

Dartmoor National Park Authority

We aim to conserve and enhance Dartmoor as a vibrant, living, working landscape and community. We work in partnership with local and national stakeholders and support Dartmoor’s businesses and communities.

Devon Wildlife Trust

is working to make Devon a Living Landscape in which wildlife on land and in the sea is varied, plentiful and widespread. We work towards this by securing the future of key wildlife sites, promoting the sustainable use of Devon's natural resources and increasing support for wildlife.

Dorset Countryside Volunteers

A charity organising a wide range of weekend tasks throughout Dorset. We help the National Trust, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Heritage Coast, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, and more. Full details are on the website alterantively contact by text or answer-phone message on 07923 498760, or email

Dorset Wildlife Trust

offers a huge range of volunteering opportunities: office work, practical conservation, wildlife surveys, we have a volunteering opportunity for everyone. Volunteering for Dorset Wildlife Trust is an enjoyable and satisfying way of helping Dorset's wildlife.

Durlston Country Park

At Durlston Country Park & National Nature Reserve, our volunteers work alongside the Rangers to manage this important site of ancient meadows, woodland, downs and sea-cliffs, each with their own characteristics and wildlife. Volunteers can join us for a range of tasks across the Country Park.

EuCAN Dorset Midweek Volunteers

A Not-For-Profit CIC engaged in a variety of practical tasks (including hedgelaying, drystone walling, fencing, heathland restoration, habitat management and invasive species) on NNRs and SSSI's within Dorset’s AONB, and occasionally just beyond. Operated by volunteers for volunteers, we fund machinery and other courses where possible. Check for detailed worksite information on the link or or phone 07763 923545

Exmoor National Park Authority

There are lots of ways you can get involved on Exmoor! From practical conservation to research - leading guided walks to undertaking wildlife surveys. Exmoor National Park Authority offers volunteers access to support and training and the chance to develop skills. See our current volunteer roles online

Fancy Volunteers

A dedicated working party meeting 2nd Tuesday of each month to help keep Mount Fancy Butterfly reserve best condition possible. Meetup and task as posted on website. Using provided handtools to tackle a range of task across the rich mosaic of habitats. Over 16 and mobile across rough terrain.

Hill Farm Project

The Upland Commons Initiative is providing free boundary training courses such as dry stone walling and hedge laying across Dartmoor throughout the year. Join in to earn new skills in a sociable and enjoyable environment helping Dartmoors' Farmers to preserve their ancient common boundaries.

PEA (Plymouth Environmental Action)

A practical conservation group organising a range of tasks in Plymouth and surrounds. These include beach cleans, coppicing, hedgelaying, and species surveys to name a few. A minibus pick-up is provided from Plymouth city centre. Full details on our website Facebook: Plymouth Environmental Action, Twitter PEA_Volunteer

Somerset Wildlife Trust

Somerset Wildlife Trust offer a range of volunteering opportunities including practical conservation, wildlife surveys and engagement, across the county of Somerset.

Alongside our members and volunteers, we work year-round to protect wildlife, tranform landscapes and put nature back into people's lives.

The Sharpham Trust

An educational charity set in a stunning location near Totnes, welcomes conservation volunteers to help on the Estate. The Trust connects people with nature and foster mindfulness and well-being through a programme of retreats, courses, outdoor learning and the arts. The conservation group runs on Tuesdays. Minimum commitment 4-6 months.

Valley Volunteers (Tamar Valley AONB)

Help us keep the Tamar Valley AONB, on the Devon/Cornwall border, special with a range of volunteering opportunities.

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