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 Scotland: this area covers all of Scotland, including the Western Isles, Orkney & Shetland.

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British Dragonfly Society

The British Dragonfly Society (BDS) was founded in 1983 by a small group of dragonfly enthusiasts and scientists, and since that time the Society has grown substantially. We have three main aims: to carry out and support research on dragonflies, to conserve dragonflies and to engage the public with dragonflies and their wetland habitats.


Amazed by the fascinating world of Bugs? Fabulous opportunities in conservation projects, campaigns, scientific research, fundraising, PR and office support. Buglife volunteers are guaranteed job interviews when our vacancies arise. Please tell us about your bug interests, availability & location and see the website for more details.

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

CLEAR Buckhaven

Conservation, community growing, community art and woodwork recycling volunteer sessions run in Buckhaven every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 10 until 1 (and most afternoons), with some special events and training sessions. All welcome along to 36 College Street Buckhaven KY8 1JY tel : 01592 713078

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!

Friends of Duthie Park

Duthie Park & Winter Gardens, Aberdeen Whether you already have greenfingers, want to learn new skills or give something back to the community; join our Park Force volunteers or Friends of Duthie Park and help conserve this iconic green space. Contact Arthur Gill: 01224 585310


There are lots of different ways you could give your time to help us in our mission to protect amphibians and reptiles! We aim to make volunteering with us as fun and rewarding as possible, so that you get as much out of it as the wildlife you are helping.


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.

National Trust

Learn new skills, meet new people, expand your horizons…sounds good? Become a volunteer at the Trust and all this is yours, and more. From helping with archaeological digs to marshalling events, from inspiring tour groups to leading bug hunts, you’ll end up doing things you’ve always or never dreamed of. Find out more here

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 also offer a variety of challenging corporate volunteering tasks on our National Nature Reserves giving employers and their staff the opportunity to try team building with a difference.

Scottish Natural Heritage

Volunteer with Scottish Natural Heritage at a National Nature Reserve. Volunteers help us with a range of activities. These vary depending on the management requirements of the site, and the time of year, but can include things like: practical work, monitoring of particular habitats and species & working with the public.


is the charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle. We advertise volunteer vacancies in schools & communities and hold volunteer events on the National Cycle Network. See the Volunteer Vacancy and Events pages of our website.

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.

Trees for Life

 is an award-winning charity working to restore the native Caledonian Forest and its unique wildlife to the spectacular Highlands of Scotland, including to its 10,000-acre Dundreggan Conservation Estate. The charity’s work is about people as much as places. Much of our work is carried out by volunteers. See

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

Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT)

is a conservation charity that saves wetlands, which are essential for life itself and connect us with nature through beautiful landscapes and inspiring encounters with wildlife. We have over 900 volunteers in a variety of WWT settings in the UK and offer a wide variety of volunteer opportunities.

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