Introduction to volunteering on the Lizard

Volunteering is a great way to learn more about a place, its people and wildlife. It is the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and play a vital role in caring for the environment. Here on the Lizard there are lots of ways you can get involved in the natural environment, working with conservation organisations such as the National Trust, Natural England, Cornwall Wildlife Trust, RSPB and the Lizard Ancient Sites Network (LAN).


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We work with a broad spectrum of volunteers involving both local volunteers who can commit regularly as well as others who can help on a less regular or 'one-off' basis, eg. on one of our working holidays. We also recruit volunteers for our long-term trainee posts, which are ideal for graduates trying to improve their employability and gain first hand experience in countryside management.

There are lots of opportunities for lots of people. Our volunteers come from all ages and abilities: there is something for everyone. There are many benefits to volunteering, such as learning new skills, meeting new people, improved fitness, and more. It is worth contacting the organisation you are interested in to find out what other incentives they may offer in return for your help, eg. travel expenses, volunteer cards offering discounts, etc.

If you are interested in getting involved, browse our volunteering pages via the links below or the icons at the top of the page:

Practical Countryside: habitat work, such as tree felling and gorse clearance on the cliffs, maintaining fencing, hanging gates, cutting footpaths and building steps and stiles, beach cleans, and more.

Wildlife watching and surveys: marine, bird, mammal, botanical surveys, and more.

Guided walks, tours and events: assisting with guided walks, talking to visitors on the Wildlife Watchpoint and/or at the Lizard Wireless Station. Helping with activities at various events and/or beach cleaning.

Outdoor Education: helping the Wild Lizard Education Ranger with bushcraft, beach days, rock pooling, green woodworking demonstations, etc.

Livestock Care: checking livestock on the local reserves.

Working Holidays/Traineeships: working holidays consisting of practical countryside management tasks. Traineeships cover practical countryside tasks and a broad spectrum of activities, including events and education work.