Volunteers are the foundation upon which The Wildlife Trusts movement has been built, and they are an integral part of the movement’s success.
There's so much you can do close to home through working with your local Wildlife Trust which will benefit nature and wild places in your area.
Donate your skills and time and help to protect your local wildlife
You'll make loads of friends, you'll get fit and you'll have a warm sense of achievement at the end of the day that comes from physical exercise and seeing a good job done!
The work of our volunteers has helped to secure the future of many precious habitats and species, enabling them to thrive again. Volunteers are the foundation upon which The Wildlife Trusts movement has been built, and they are an integral part of our success.
Opportunities range from community gardening, species surveying such as looking for otters, caring for nature reserves, dry stone walling, hedge laying, habitat management, plant identification and GPS mapping, to running Wildlife Watch groups which enable young people to discover and explore their local environment. Wildlife Trust volunteers can carry out a huge range of tasks but it doesn't have to be outdoors! You could find yourself making good use of your organisational, IT, administrative or financial skills too.
Each Wildlife Trust has a large number of both regular and casual volunteers, amounting to a total of more than 43,000 volunteers across the UK.
Our Outstanding Volunteers
Read about some of our dedicated volunteers that have helped shaped the success and inspiration of The Wildlife Trusts.
You can read Our Bright Future Communications Officer Laura Budden's blog about the importance of volunteering.
Anyone can get involved
Involving people from all sectors of society, in urban and rural areas, is fundamental to the ethos of The Wildlife Trusts. We provide opportunities for people to enjoy nature and the outdoors and we also help people find out about wildlife close to home, or how to improve or protect a local area. However you choose to do it, volunteering with The Wildlife Trusts can make a positive contribution to your quality of life, health and social networks.
Whether it's helping to grow food on community allotments, to getting fit through practical outdoor activity, or joining group events to learn new skills, there are plenty of reasons to get involved.
This short, inspiring film (with thanks to Viasat Creative London) shows some of London Wildlife Trust's volunteers and staff in action at Gunnersbury Triangle Nature Reserve.
A range of opportunities
Wherever you live, The Wildlife Trusts have a diverse range of volunteering opportunities. Below, Mark Richardson of Durham Wildlife Trust describes the fantastic contribution made by volunteers to his Trust and the opportunities and benefits to everyone concerned...
Volunteer Training Centre
It offers training and support for volunteers in nature conservation, countryside and heritage skills
Sir David Attenborough officially opened the UK’s largest wildlife Volunteer Training Centre in July 2015, celebrating the thousands of nature enthusiasts in the UK who give their free time to help protect and care for the natural world.
This new hub is a boon for the 400 volunteers who give 35,000 hours each year to Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust’s Rutland Water nature reserve, the largest wildlife volunteer project in the country. In the past 25 years volunteers have dedicated 691,512 hours or 86,439 days or 237 years to Rutland Water nature reserve.
From osprey guarding and surveillance, bird-ringing to dry stone-walling and hedge-laying to wildlife-recording, the new Volunteer Training Centre, at Rutland Water Nature Reserve, provides an extraordinary range of opportunities for people to gain new skills and enjoy time outdoors. It offers training and support for volunteers in nature conservation, countryside and heritage skills.
Find out more
To find out more about opportunities for helping to protect your local environment with The Wildlife Trusts, please contact your local Wildlife Trust.
Alternatively, if you are a company looking for something different as a team-building opportunity, or to get your employees involved in taking action for their local environment please visit our corporate volunteering page.