Volunteering from home

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Details of volunteering that you can do from home, many citizen science projects continue to run and charities still need people to monitor social media, write blogs, connect with other people and share details of what they're doing.


We may not be allowed to venture from our homes for anything other than vital excursions but there are still lots of ways you can help our countryside, conservation and wildlife sectors. Please remember to contact only the organisation and web / email quoted.

To add your opportunities to this page use the normal advertise options and specify in the anything for CJS box that it's volunteering from home.


General Volunteering Roles

JOB County Dragonfly Recorders

BE4 ?

LOC Home Based*

PAY Training

FOR British Dragonfly Society

Long term, time commitment dependent on volunteers' availability. You will upload records, sent to you by volunteer recorders, onto iRecord & validate & verify records on iRecord. Act as a central point of contact for local volunteer recorders, & enquires from organisations / groups (e.g. local wildlife groups) & members of the public, regarding information / advice on dragonflies & recording in the area. You will also produce a short annual update article for our Darter newsletter. Additional activities vary depending on the volunteers' skills & interests e.g. leading field workshops & talks, attending events, & setting up a local group. *Required in the following areas: Glamorganshire; Middlesex; South Hampshire, County Durham. Contact David Hepper, BDS Records Officer, or 01252 721053.

Citizen Science Projects


Cellar Spider Survey - If you're in your house more these days, we have a great opportunity for you to embrace some of your fellow residents – the Cellar Spiders. With just three species in Britain, they are easy to spot and identify. For details visit:  

Are you a mammologist looking for something to take your mind off being stuck at home? We need volunteers in many areas of Britain to verify records of mammal signs and sightings. Find out more about what we’re looking for on the website or contact today.

Garden Dragon Watch is ARC’s new online garden reptile and amphibian survey. Our gardens can be oases for reptiles and amphibians and that’s important when so many places that were once good for wildlife have disappeared. But just how many people are lucky enough to see frogs, toads, newts, lizards or snakes in their gardens? Find out at

Wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation is asking the general public to become citizen scientists in their own homes in order to help monitor the changing trends and butterfly populations across the UK while its scientists are unable to carry out their work. Anyone can submit recordings at

Sunset/Sunrise Survey: You can help to monitor the UK's bats by taking part in our Sunset/Sunrise Survey and recording bats (and other nocturnal wildlife) from your window/ balcony or in your own garden! Anyone can take part, find out more at

Revealing Rivers is a new citizen-science project from Riverlution by River Stewardship Company. To help assess the biodiversity of Sheffield’s urban rivers, volunteers are encouraged to watch videos from camera traps and record the species that they see. To get involved, or for more information, visit

Garden BirdWatch is the weekly wildlife survey where participants contribute sightings of species they have seen in their gardens. Through this we are able to monitor the fortune of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates in gardens contributing to our understanding of urban wildlife. Visit the website to find out more at

Garden Wildflower Hunt:
a citizen science project set up by the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland with two aims: to help us find out more about the wild plants (“weeds”?) growing in our gardens; and to give people a way to improve their plant identification skills under lockdown.

Activities 2020: the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland has come up with a list of 10 activities and projects on a botanical theme which volunteers can take part in without leaving their homes, gardens or balconies. Includes free spotter sheets to get children engaging with the natural world!

500 volunteers wanted! Help create a network of 4,000+ walking routes connecting Great Britain’s towns and cities… without leaving home.

Using existing footpaths, #SlowWays is a bold collaborative project to design a network of over 4,000 routes that can be used to inspire and guide walking between towns, cities and villages. People will be able to use it to walk between neighbouring settlements or to combine multiple Slow Way routes for long-distance journeys.

This is an important, positive and timely project. Walking can improve health and wellbeing, tackle the climate and ecological emergencies, save people money, improve our environment and bring joy to people’s lives.

Find out more and volunteer by visiting

Seal Watch is a citizen science project set up at Oxford University to study and protect seal using timelapse cameras and drone imagery as a remote monitoring network in the UK and the Southern Ocean. We need your help counting males, females and pups in thousands of photos.


Seabird Watch is a citizen science project set up at Oxford University to study and protect seabirds using cameras as a monitoring network in the Arctic and Palearctic regions. We need your help counting adults, chicks, nests and eggs in our thousands of photos.


Penguin Watch is a citizen science project set up at Oxford University to study and protect penguins using cameras as a monitoring network in the Southern Ocean. We need your help counting penguins, chicks, nests and eggs in our thousands of photos.


Naturehood:  A citizen science project focused on taking action for wildlife in private gardens, this project encourages the implementation and recording of wildlife friendly actions in communities. Take simple surveys to record changes in your garden wildlife.


Living with Mammals survey PTES is calling for volunteers to take part in spring’s survey of wild mammals in gardens and local green spaces. Choose a site close to home or place of work, and spend a short time each week looking out for wild mammals or the signs they leave behind. To receive a survey pack contact PTES.


Join in with Bee-fly Watch 2020   Bee-fly Watch is now into its fifth year. These distinctive furry flies are usually on the wing from March to June, often hovering over flowers and using their long 'nose' (proboscis) to feed on nectar. Once again we are asking people to look out for bee-flies and add your records at

RHS Cellar Slug Survey Our survey asks members of the public to submit records of Yellow Cellar Slug and Green Cellar Slug in UK gardens, along with information about your garden so we can establish any links between habitat features and where these species occur. See the website for full details

Rainfall Observers - SEPA is looking for volunteer rainfall observers to collect data daily at around 9am and submit the information online. There are currently 134 rainfall observers across Scotland who play an important part in collecting this valuable data for SEPA. Find out more at


Rainfall Rescue - Before 1961 there were actually thousands of rain gauges but the rainfall data has not been transferred from the original hand-written paper records to something digital so that it can be used in data sets. Aiming to fill in the gaps Zooniverse show you images of rainfall data and ask you to transcribe the values. See:


North East Bee Hunt:  Urban or rural, beginner or expert, the Natural History Society of Northumbria needs your help to record five distinctive bee species in gardens across North East England. Contributing to the bee hunt is easy, and every record counts, wherever you live in the region. Further information on identifying the five target species & how to submit your records:

London Bird Record:  Bird watchers in London have been spotting and recording birds flying in and through the city for years. People have carefully noted down the species and locations of these birds and the London Natural History Society (LNHS) has boxes of record cards of bird sightings spanning the last century. Zooniverse need your help to digitise the data. See:


MammalWeb is a citizen science project that enlists members of the public to upload camera trap data they capture, to help with classifying the animals pictured in camera trap footage, or both. You don’t need a camera trap to take part, and you can help to build up a picture of the state of our wild mammals in the UK and beyond. See our site at, or our quick-start guide at

Nature's Calendar: What effect has recent weather had on wildlife? Does climate change affect timings in nature? Take part in the Nature’s Calendar citizen science project and help scientists discover answers to these questions. Simply record the signs of spring that you can see from your window or garden:


Help build an Urban Tree Canopy Cover map for the UK

Tree cover can vary greatly and many towns across the world have created canopy cover targets to encourage planting and improved care of trees. It is important for us to know where we do and don’t have this resource.

How to get involved?

The Canopy Cover webmap makes it quick to assess any UK ward in three simple desk-based steps.

Step 1: Visit to download our detailed User Guide (it’s all the information you’ll need).

Step 2: Visit to view the results so far, and to download the ‘shape-file’ that you need for Step 3 for your ward of interest.

Step 3: Get assessing at, it’ll take 0.5-1.5 hours. Email the results to and we’ll upload them to the map for all to see. Thank you!


The Sea and Me is part of the Living Seas Wales Project, a collaboration between The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, and The North Wales Wildlife Trust. We’ll be exploring, recording and sharing historical records and capturing stories about marine wildlife in Wales. To submit your memories click here

Volunteers across the country are needed to record sightings of wild mammals (or the signs they leave behind, such as footprints or droppings) they see in their gardens, or from their balconies or windows, to help conservationists understand how their numbers are changing. To take part in PTES’ Living with Mammals survey, visit

See all Citizen Science projects