Natural England – Practical Countryside Volunteering

National Nature Reserves throughout the country are there for both people and wildlife – places to enjoy nature, to take some exercise and to escape from the pressures of modern life. Volunteers come from all sorts of backgrounds with hugely varied skills and experience. For example, our current team includes a retired printer, a zoology student, a part time carpet cleaner and retired helicopter pilot, and an ex-policewoman to keep us in line.

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There is no minimum time commitment and we will ensure that you have the appropriate training and protective clothing. We will even pay your travel expenses. The best way to find out who we are and what we do and if it's for you is to come and spend a 'taster' day with us. Generally volunteers fall into 3 categories:

Midweekers – generally Tuesdays and Wednesday - the core of our practical programme – getting down to the nitty-gritty of day to day habitat management and reserve infrastructure.

Eyes'n'Ears – generally people who live near to or regularly visit parts of the NNR, and keep us informed of things we may have missed and generally keep us on the ball.

Science and Monitoring – people who have a keen interest in natural history or wish to undertake a particular study project – such as plant, bird and butterfly surveys. We always need more knowledge to assess whether our management is benefiting all species, not just the showiest or rarest.

For more information please ring Steve Townsend or Ray Lawman on 01326 240808. Alternatively, you can email us or