Practical Work Days & Conservation Work Tasks

Spend a day or more helping to manage an area, conserve a species, improve habitats and learn the necessary skills 'on the job'.  There is a wide range of tasks happening across the country, most are for one day or less.


Tasks range from practical countryside conservation including general habitat maintenance and creation to specific management such as pulling up Himalayan balsam, an invasive alien species that is difficult to eradicate, to more gentle gardening and horticulture.  You'll also find information on general clean up tasks such as clearing up fly-tipped rubbish or a litter pick. Rewards come in the form of practical skills gained along with a little training, a day of friendly companionship, the satisfaction of a job well done and maybe even a baked potato (if you pick the right day!).


The section is divided into regions to make it easier to find something happening near you.

Click on your region as listed below.


all of Scotland, including the Western Isles, Orkney & Shetland


all of Wales

Northern Ireland

the whole of Northern Ireland

English regions:


East Anglia

Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk


Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, West Midlands, Hereford & Worcester and Warwickshire

North East

Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne & Wear, Cleveland, North, West and South Yorkshires and the East Riding of Yorkshire (formerly Humberside)

North West

Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cheshire.


Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, London, Essex, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex, Kent and Isle of Wight.

South West

Avon, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall.


Other useful pages related to volunteering.

Voluntary Opportunities

Details of full or part time placements plus opportunities to help out on a regular basis.

Volunteering Organisations

Organisations and groups which offer volunteer opportunities but might not have any current adverts.

Surveys and Fieldwork

Opportunities to help with research either by carrying out fieldwork or by recording your sightings.

Conservation Working Holidays

'Feel good holidays': go on holiday, have a wonderful time and do some conservation work along the way.

Practical Workdays

Opportunity to help with a specific task on one or two days.

Advertise your volunteer opportunities - it's free.

Submit details of your work days for inclusion on these pages.