Practical Countryside Volunteering

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National Trust – Our conservation work covers over 1,000 hectares of diverse land, from beaches and cliffs to inland heathlands and wooded valleys. Our work aims to maintain a delicate balance between protecting important wildlife habitats and landscapes and providing good access to enable people to discover and enjoy them. Joining our team is a fantastic way to learn more about the wonderful habitats we manage. Our outdoor volunteers have really varied roles, all of which aim to conserve precious natural environments for people and for wildlife. You can get involved in tasks like tree felling, gorse clearance, maintaining fencing and pathways, building steps and stiles, beach cleaning and/or counting butterflies on one of our bio-surveys.



Natural England - Like other National Nature Reserves (NNRs) the Lizard's NNR is a place for people: a place to enjoy nature, to take some exercise and to escape from the pressures of modern life. Our volunteers come from many different backgrounds and are involved in a wide variety of tasks - from scientific surveying, fence building and scrub clearance to stock checking and beach cleaning. There is no minimum time commitment - you choose how much you do.

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Cornwall Wildlife Trust – we own two nature reserves on the Lizard: North Predannack Downs and Windmill Farm. The management and maintenance of these nature reserves is undertaken by a dedicated team of staff and the occasional volunteer conservation work party. Our conservation work party events are often organised by our Local Groups and involve things like scrub clearance and coppicing. Volunteering for the Wildlife Trust is very rewarding and beneficial for both you and us. Volunteers have always been, and will always be, important to Cornwall Wildlife Trust.




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Lizard Ancient Sites Network  (LAN) We are a group of volunteers who got together in 2009 to look after the prehistoric and early mediaeval sites on the Lizard Peninsula. We work closely with Cornwall Council's Historic Environment Service as well as key conservation organisations on the Lizard. Once a month we do a clear-up at a different prehistoric site, removing overgrowing vegetation and scrub.  These clear-ups are not difficult, they are friendly and fun, and we are always keen for new folk to join us.

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