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 South: this area covers Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex, Kent and Isle of Wight.

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Avon Wildlife Trust

Practical Volunteering, Event Volunteering and Placements at Avon Wildlife Trust and Feed Bristol Please visit the Avon Wildlife Trust website to find out more -

Avon Wildlife Trust

There are many different opportunities to get involved, indoors and outside, whether you're looking for work experience, a new hobby, or are just keen to do something to help protect wildlife in your local area.

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


- a group of volunteers who undertake a range of nature conservation tasks every Sunday in various reserves within a 20 mile radius of Chichester area for several organisations including Sussex Wildlife Trust, the National Trust and the Murray Downland Trust. See

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!

Cornwall AONB - Wheal Buzzy

Cornwall AONB's Wheal Buzzy project, is all about solitary bees, conserving, increasing habitat and engagement. We will be running a number of volunteer habitat management opportunities throughout the County, the first of which is Saturday 16th February 10am - 2pm at St Ives Community Orchard.

Cotswold AONB

Are you interested in making a difference and helping to conserve and restore your local meadows? If so, the Save Our Magnificent Meadows project in the Cotswolds AONB needs your help! We are looking to recruit volunteers to help with practical conservation, species surveys and events.

Devon Wildlife Trust

is working to make Devon a Living Landscape in which wildlife on land and in the sea is varied, plentiful and widespread. We work towards this by securing the future of key wildlife sites, promoting the sustainable use of Devon's natural resources and increasing support for wildlife.

Dorset Wildlife Trust

offers a huge range of volunteering opportunities: office work, practical conservation, wildlife surveys, we have a volunteering opportunity for everyone. Volunteering for Dorset Wildlife Trust is an enjoyable and satisfying way of helping Dorset's wildlife.

Essex Wildlife Trust

 has 87 nature reserves and 11 visitor centres in Essex. We have volunteer opportunities across the county to help with education, visitor outreach, work parties, surveying and more.

Ewelme Watercress Beds Local Nature Reserve

A wide variety including maintenance of the cress beds, grass mowing, education team duties and helping on guided walks and open days.

Exmoor National Park Authority

There are lots of ways you can get involved on Exmoor! From practical conservation to research - leading guided walks to undertaking wildlife surveys. Exmoor National Park Authority offers volunteers access to support and training and the chance to develop skills. See our current volunteer roles online

Friends of Northaw Great Wood

Activities include coppicing, shrub clearance, path/glade management, wildlife surveys. Work parties held every Friday and 1st Sunday each month, 9.30am to 12.30pm. Meet in the car park – wear old clothes and sturdy boots. Bring refreshments & gardening gloves (but gloves can be provided). All tools provided.

Gatton Park

is a beautiful 'Capability' Brown parkland in Reigate, Surrey. Gatton Trust Volunteers help with all aspects of running the estate from practical work to helping in the office. Get involved and contribute to restoration work, outdoor education or our exciting programme of events. Email or visit the website


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.

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

has been protecting local wildlife and inspiring people to love nature for over 50 years. We couldn’t do it without our volunteers, who are involved with a wide range of roles - indoors as well as out! To find out more, please visit our website

Harrow Nature Conservation Forum

Help with various jobs from the major, such as felling trees to create grassland rides, to jobs as simple as cutting back bramble from paths or picking up litter. All are useful in keeping the reserves attractive to both wildlife and people. You get some gentle exercise in pleasant surroundings.

Hazel Hill Wood

Gain experience in various practical woodland management tasks plus surveying and monitoring at Volunteer Conservation Days at Hazel Hill Wood, near Salisbury, Wiltshire. Tasks planned for 2019 include ride and glade maintenance, bench creation, glow worm surveys and hedgelaying. Opportunity to take on more responsibility as an Assistant Volunteer Leader.

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.

Kent Wildlife Trust

We are the largest conservation organisation in Kent, and we exist to connect people with wildlife and protect our wildlife. We're always looking for volunteers to join our task days, help in our Head Office and at our Visitor Centres.

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority has a fantastic band of supporters who get involved in activities at a range of venues and open spaces within the park. These groups and individuals give up their free time to support the work of the park and undertake a variety of tasks. Contact: Volunteers Team: 01992 709867

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

New Forest National Park Authority

New Forest National Park Authority - Landscape Partnership Scheme is being led by the New Forest National Park Authority and we are seeking volunteers to help us champion and care for the New Forest. For more information about our 21 projects and many volunteering and training opportunities please contact Richard Austin

PEA (Plymouth Environmental Action)

A practical conservation group organising a range of tasks in Plymouth and surrounds. These include beach cleans, coppicing, hedgelaying, and species surveys to name a few. A minibus pick-up is provided from Plymouth city centre. Full details on our website Facebook: Plymouth Environmental Action, Twitter PEA_Volunteer

Reigate Area Conservation Volunteers

The Group was formed in 1985 - over 30 years ago. We undertake practical conservation work around Reigate; coppicing and woodland management, tree planting, wetland and pond conservation, heather restoration. We work with local and parish councils, Surrey Wildlife Trust and local companies. All details are on our website

River Thame Conservation Trust

We’re an environmental charity dedicated to improving the River Thame Catchment for wildlife and we’re always on the lookout for enthusiastic volunteers to help out with a range of activities including: Riverfly, water quality, wetland birds and non-native plant surveys, and habitat improvement and invasive species control work parties.

Surrey Countryside Partnerships -

The Downlands and Lower Mole Partnerships offer a wide range of practical seasonal conservation volunteering opportunities throughout the year across North and NE Surrey, Croydon and Sutton. Find out more and view the latest task programmes online or enquire by email

Sussex Wildlife Trust

- volunteer with us and make a difference. Sussex Wildlife Trust aims to help people enjoy, understand and take action to conserve the wildlife and landscape of Sussex. We have volunteering opportunities for people 12 years and above, across the county. So whether you want to do something practical, nurture the next generation in nature, or have a skill to give please contact us.

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 North West Kent Countryside Partnership

We cover the boroughs of Sevenoaks, Dartford, Bexley and Gravesend. Our team of volunteers of both sexes and all ages and experience enhance the countryside, school grounds, rivers, meadows and various other habitats. We leave from hall place & Gardens, Bexley, on Wednesdays and Thursdays every week, 9:15-3:30.

The Sharpham Trust

An educational charity set in a stunning location near Totnes, Devon, welcomes garden volunteers and conservation volunteers work the Estate. The Trust connects people with nature and foster mindfulness and well-being through our programme of retreats, mindfulness courses, outdoor learning and the arts.

Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital

Volunteer as a wildlife Rescuer; Ambulance driver; baby mammal Fosterer; or on-site Husbandry with Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital. For driving roles you need your own transport, be 21+, reasonably fit and willing to catch/transport wildlife (full training/equipment provided). Fosterers need to be available throughout the day. See website for full requirements.

Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust

Torbay has an outstanding natural environment and heritage that needs special care and attention. We are the stewards of the most important natural places here; nature reserves, country parks, farms, woodlands, cliffs and coastal walks, our aim is to provide a high quality environment where people and wildlife can flourish.

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

White Cliffs Countryside Partnership

WCCP manages chalk grassland, wetland and shingle habitats and the award winning Samphire Hoe. We have over 200 volunteer tasks throughout the year, but also have volunteer positions doing livestock lookering, site wardens, office volunteers and guided walk & family activity leaders. Contact Sue Bradford: 01304 241806.

White Cliffs Countryside Partnership

We manage chalk grassland, wetland and shingle habitats and the award winning Samphire Hoe in Dover, Folkestone & Romney Marsh districts. We have over 300 conservation volunteer tasks throughout the year, as well as livestock lookering, site wardens, guided walk & family activity leaders and office volunteer positions.

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