Practical Work Days & Conservation Work Tasks

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

Events happening in the Midlands: this area covers Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, West Midlands, Hereford & Worcester and Warwickshire.

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Anglian Water

Love the outdoors? Want to help keep Rutland Water Green? Join our weekly group of outdoor volunteers, working year round around the whole 23 miles of Rutland Water. Get outside, meet new people and learn new skills! What we get up to: Fencing, woodland management, hedgelaying, gardening, wildlife surveys and more!

Canal & River Trust

Life is better by water - help us look after our wonderful waterways, and inspire others. With roles nationwide from fixing towpaths to moving workboats, helping boats through locks to engaging museum visitors, and cataloguing canal heritage to planning their future, there's bound to be something rewarding for you

Caring for God's Acre

Get involved in practical heritage and wildlife conservation in churchyards and burial grounds in Shropshire. Learn new skills like dry-stone walling, scything, haymaking and grassland & hedgerow management and creation. Training, tools, refreshments and expenses provided. Weekly task days on Tuesday and Wednesday in beautiful surroundings and good company.

Conservation Volunteers Australia

has programs Australia-wide, every week of the year! Join us for tree planting, wildlife recovery, walking tracks, weed control, seed collection etc. Coastal areas, deserts, National Parks, World Heritage areas - we go to the best places!


Whether you are interested as an individual or a business, volunteering is a great way to boost your skills at the same time as making a real difference to communities.

Inland Waterways Association (IWA)

leads campaigns to conserve, maintain and restore Britain’s waterways network. IWA works with various organisations to keep all our waterways alive. There are a huge number of opportunities to get involved with IWA’s work including practical cleanup the canal work parties and committee positions, visit the website for more information.

Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust

Working to create a Living Landscape rich in wildlife, valued and enjoyed by all. Volunteers are vital to our work for example helping us manage our nature reserves, welcoming visitors to our visitor centres, delivering our environmental education programmes, surveying wildlife.

Lincoln Conservation Group

carries out practical nature conservation work in the Lincoln area, helping to sustain the local plant and animal life and having fun at the same time! We provide tools and training. Volunteer days (16 years +) are usually on the first and third Sundays each month.

Natural England

involves around 2000 volunteers in a wide variety of roles from scientific surveying to enthusing visitors on National Nature Reserves, from education and outreach to practical habitat management. We can also offer corporate volunteering tasks on some of our National Nature Reserves giving employers and their staff the opportunity to try team building with a difference. Contact

Peak District National Park

RSPB Sandwell Valley

RSPB Sandwell Valley is an urban nature reserve, a wonderful green space in the heart of the West Midlands. It is home to a wide variety of wildlife, from bees and newts to lapwings and foxes. Our visitor centre and wildlife garden welcome 24,000 visitors a year. The RSPB is the country’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home.

Solihull Conservation Volunteers

is a small friendly practical conservation charity, with a varied and very skilled membership enabling us to carry out a wide variety of tasks right across the solihull area. We work on two Sundays a month throughout the year. You can find out more about us at our website

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Birmingham & Solihull Midweek Conservation Volunteers meet every Thursday 11am - 4pm to undertake a wide range of practical conservation volunteerring tasks including hedgelaying, boardwalk construction, meadow management, invasive species control, woodland management and planting. All tools and training provided.

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust

Volunteer for Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and make a difference! Whether you are in education, retired, unemployed or working, there is something for you. Volunteers are essential in helping us manage our nature reserves, deliver our education programme, survey our reserves and deliver magazines. Contact Alison Rhodes on 01889 880108 or by email.

The Beaudesert Trust

We have a number of projects throughout the year. Projects include clearing Rhododendrons and burning the wood in our charcoal burner, repairing fences and general parkland clearing projects. We can provide all tools and a free lunch. As a Trust we are hugely grateful for any help we receive.

The British Dragonfly Society (BDS)

is a volunteer-led society with over 1700 members, which aims to promote and support the conservation of dragonflies and their wetland habitats. Visit the website for information of dragonflies and their habitats, as well as volunteer opportunities in outreach, recording and practical habitat management.

The Conservation Volunteers (TCV)

is a national community volunteering charity whose vision is to create happier, healthier communities. We work with people, communities and partners to deliver practical actions that have an impact on people’s health, prospects and outdoor places.

Waterway Recovery Group

helps restore the derelict canals of England and Wales by volunteering with WRG. Weekend and weeklong volunteering - heritage skills, lock restoration, machine operation and vegetation clearance work. Costs £10 per day includes food & accommodation. More details contact us on 01494 783 453 or go to our website

Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire

The Wildlife Trust is a wildlife conservation charity that works for a better future for all kinds of wildlife across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. Our mission is to protect and improve habitats and wildlife in our local area as well as helping people to enjoy and understand their local wildlife.

Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

is the county's leading local charity working to conserve and restore wildlife and wild places. Volunteers are vital to the success of our work, helping to create a living landscape where people feel more connected to the natural world…join us: good for you, good for wildlife!

World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF UK)

 is all about helping out on organic farms in return for food, accommodation & knowledge exchange. It’s a great way to meet likeminded souls, reconnect with the earth & learn about farming, animal husbandry & more sustainable ways of living