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 the North West: this area covers Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cheshire.

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Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust - Gems in the Dunes Project

Join Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust on an exciting project based on the sand dunes of the Sefton coast. Habitat management sessions Tuesdays and weekends, species surveys Thursday. No experience necessary and suitable for all ages! Contact Project Officer Andrew Hampson for more information about joining friendly bunch of volunteers!

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

Cheshire Wildlife Trust

has a range of volunteer opportunities across the region, including practical conservation work parties, administration and reception tasks as well as community engagement and social inclusion activities with young people or disadvantaged groups. See our website, email or contact 01948 820728 to find out more.

Chester National Trust Volunteers

Join Chester National Trust Volunteers for a day. CNTV do voluntary work at NT sites across Cheshire, Marches, Wirral - two days per fortnight. Tuesday & Thursday groups. Previous experience unnecessary, job for everyone, Tools provided, friendly welcome. Contact Brian Payne

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!

Cumbria Wildlife Trust

Cumbria Wildlife Trust is Cumbria's largest and most diverse conservation volunteering charity, offering year-round opportunities through scheduled work parties and ongoing projects suitable for all ages and interests. (Most of our staff started out as conservation volunteers!). For more information - please visit the website or call 01539 816300.

Friends of the Lake District

is the only organisation working solely to protect and enhance the landscape in Cumbria and the Lake District. Volunteers bring a whole range of different skills and interests to our work and you do not have to be a landscape expert to help.


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.

Lake District NPA

Over 400 fantastic volunteers give their time, skills and energy to help look after and share what is special about the Lake District. We could not work the way we do without them. To find out more about visit the website or email.

Manchester National Trust Volunteers

We work on Sundays at National Trust sites mainly across the North West undertaking rhododendron bashing, fence construction, pond clearance, footpath maintenance, hedge laying etc. No previous experience is necessary; just enthusiasm and a willingness to get your hands dirty. Contact us:

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

Ribble Rivers Trust

has various conservation volunteering opportunities available in Lancashire and the Yorkshire Dales. Tree-planting, electrofishing, riverfly monitoring, fencing, invasive species control and much more. If you have any special skills you could contribute, we’d be keen to hear from you. Contact us by email or 01200 444452

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.

The National Trust in the North West

The National Trust has a variety of roles in wardening, footpath work, conservation and learning projects across various places in the North West. Help us to care for some of Britain’s most stunning and vulnerable landscapes. To find out more, please visit the website

The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside

has lots of opportunities to get involved with our work including practical conservation, assisting with education sessions and visitor engagement.  We’ll help to find the right opportunity for you, please contact Catherine Haddon at 01772 318374 /

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

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