Conservation volunteering

There are a wide variety of voluntary opportunities around, and work could include activities like walling and fencing, hedging and coppicing, tree planting, dune work, tree felling, pond work, or habitat management. Conservation volunteering also provides a good form of exercise and an excellent way of meeting people.

The national organisation, The British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) can provide information about health and safety awareness and about local opportunities.

The BTCV's document 'Conservation Volunteering How and Why' is a good introduction, and can be downloaded from


The organisations listed under Local Societies in this chapter may also have conservation and nature volunteering opportunities locally to you.