We rely on volunteers to help us in all we do - from coppicing to checking livestock to identifying newts - and much more

As a charity, we depend on volunteers to help us with our conservation work and we really value their support and commitment. Volunteers help us to protect our local wildlife for the future, and they also learn new skills, meet new people and get to explore our varied nature reserves. For those who work in the conservation sector - or who are just getting started - volunteering can provide valuable work exper ience.

Our volunteers are all ages and backgrounds and volunteering can be for as little as a few hours a week to long-term placements. Click on the links above for specific roles and opportunities.

Our volunteers in their own words

Volunteer Paula Monaghan by Lauren StonebridgePaula, Great Fen volunteer: ”I enjoy volunteering as I get to meet a lot of like-minded people. But what is really invaluable to me is to work alongside people who are very knowledgeable that can pass this on to me. I can in turn pass this on to others, and hopefully engage people to be inspired by wildlife!”


Laura, Walking Warden and butterfly surveyor, Totternhoe: ”I was inspired by the wildlife at Totternhoe to make a quilt for a competition. I tried to include species I have surveyed, as well as the Trust’s friendly sheep. I am very happy to say that I won!”Quilt inspired by Totternhoe nature reserve - made by Laura Wagstaff



Kevin, Monitoring volunteer: ”As pressure grows on the countryside for food, housing, travel, business etc nature is getting a hard deal and needs a helping hand. In my small way I feel as though I am giving something back because the data and information I generate can help the Wildlife Trust in its reserve management and more widely in its work.”



Callum, Great Fen volunteer ranger: I had always loved Woodwalton Fen, so at the age of 14, mum, dad and I started to look around for any volunteer work in the area. That's when we happened upon the Great Fen, and the straw-bale bird hide that was being built at New Decoy Farm. Dad and I booked a day off work/school as soon as we could, and got stuck in with the building work! 

Jamie, Bedfordshire Volunteer Officer: Getting the Volunteer Reserves Officer position with the Wildlife Trust in Bedfordshire is one of the best things I've done. I want to work in the conservation sector as a Reserves Officer, and this was my opportunity to get training and experience to put towards job applications. Bedfordshire Wildlife Trust is lucky to have reserves that cover a wide range of habitat types, so I was able to gain a lot of experience in habitat management.

There are a few habitat types that aren't covered by the Bedfordshire reserves, and I was given the opportunity to work with reserves teams from Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire to add to my knowledge and experience. The Reserves Teams are very knowledgable, approachable, and understanding. I learned a great deal from them. They are dedicated to their work and I loved working with them.

In return for my time helping them I was given certified training in some of the power tools used, and a First Aid at Work course. The Trust also ran workshops on conservation, species ID, stock management, etc, which I was able to attend for free. The experience and qualifications I gained while working as a VRO gave me what I needed to get my first paid job with a conservation trust. I miss working for the Wildlife Trust and would urge anyone interested in getting into practical conservation to apply for the Volunteer Reserves Officer position.


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