Brampton Wood work party Pete Johnstone

Brampton Wood work party Pete Johnstone

Volunteer with us

We have over 1,000 volunteers helping wildlife

Volunteering with us means joining a network of like-minded people helping to protect wildlife in Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire and ensure a Wilder Future for all of us. Please see the relevant pages below for each county to see which work party activities are currently under way.

Whether you can spare a few hours or a full day, volunteering is a chance to make a real difference to local wildlife, while learning useful skills, making new friends and increasing your knowledge of wildlife conservation. The time you give makes a huge difference. 

If you want to apply to be a volunteer, but you're not sure what the best role would be, contact us and we will get in touch as soon as we can.

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Volunteering Opportunities 

Volunteers on a nature reserve

Matthew Roberts

Conservation Work Parties

Practical outdoor work such as brush-cutting, scrub clearing, fence building and more, and a great way to get some fresh air, keep fit and make a huge difference for local wildlife. Training and tools are provided. 

Bedfordshire Work Parties

Cambridgeshire Work Parties

Northamptonshire Work Parties

Camwild Festival- Children with art (c) Rowan Litting

Camwild Festival- Children with art, Sun. (c) Rowan Litting 

Communities and Wildlife

Help people to learn, enjoy and connect with the natural world at events and youth groups across the three counties, and see first-hand the positive impact this can have on people's lives. 

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Gwen Hitchcock and Graham Bellamy checking Man Orchids at Totternhoe Knolls NR. May 2014.

Checking man orchids at Totternhoe Knolls NR - Richard Revels

Research and Monitoring

Help with surveying the wildlife on our reserves and beyond to make sure we are managing them in the best ways. Previous experience of surveying is useful but not essential for most surveys, all you need is the enthusiasm to come out regularly and the drive to learn more about our wonderful local wildlife. 

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Young people with placard by Penny Dixie

Young people with placard by Penny Dixie

Young voices inspiring action for wildlife

Young People's Forum

Aged 11-24? Concerned about climate change, biodiversity loss, and local wildlife? Interested in supporting other young people to take action? Have you been inspired by young activists like Greta Thunberg and want to play your part locally in the fight for our planet?

We are looking for passionate volunteers just like you to join our Young People’s Forum.

Find out more and apply online

Career Placements

Our Voluntary Reserves Officer (VRO) placements are aimed at people looking for an in-depth introduction to conservation.

Placements are offered for up to a year in our Reserves and Wider Countryside Teams (and occasionally in other teams). The placements are designed to offer valuable hands-on experience in practical skills and related office work through volunteering in our teams across the three counties.

There is the opportunity to attend any in-house training  and externally certificated courses that are essential to your volunteering role, such as first aid, brushcutter and chainsaw operation. A high percentage of VOs have gone on to jobs in the conservation sector.

Still not sure how you want to help, or can't find what you're looking for?

Fill in the volunteer application form and return to us by email. When opportunities are available again we will get in touch.

Volunteer Application Form

A red kite flies over rooftops

An urban red kite (Milvus milvus) flies past rooftops, Oxfordshire, UK - Luke Massey/2020VISION

Wildlife From Home

Our friendly online community for sharing wildlife sightings from your garden, yard, and even in your house. Start a new hobby using iRecord or just find out what that bug is by sharing your photos.

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Keep in touch

Our regular e-news updates are full of ways to connect with nature - and with each other. You can also sign up for Local Wildlife In-depth, packed full of news and updates from our Research and Monitoring team.

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Felmersham Boat2

Photo:Ana Jones

Meet a volunteer

Read more about the work of some of our brilliant volunteers

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