Volunteering at Cissbury Ring
Our conservation aims for Cissbury Ring are to create a healthy more beautiful environment for everyone to enjoy. With our ranger team and dedicated volunteers we are working hard to achieve this.
If you love the history and views at Cissbury Ring or the heathland and woodland at Warren Hill and Sullington Warren – why not join the team of people who help keep it looking so good.
Volunteering with us at these magical sites couldn’t be easier or more rewarding. Work with our local ranger Andy, who truly believes in our vision of looking after special places, for ever, for everyone.
A typical day with Andy isn’t something you can capture with words or fit into a checklist – it is a dynamic, active and changing role – fitting in with the seasons, the weather, our livestock and our visitor needs.
You could find yourself repairing a stile on a public right-of-way, uprooting young trees on the heathland, re-surfacing a bridleway, counting butterflies and identifying plants, removing scrub and brambles from a footpath, clearing a historic flint mine of gorse or maybe checking on the livestock.
You don’t have to even get your hands dirty with some of our roles, or you can really get into it through all seasons – the choice is yours.
We have a team of people living near or regularly walking on Cissbury Ring who keep an eye on our New Forest ponies. They report back any issues to our team to ensure the welfare of the animals. If you pass by a few times a week, your eyes could be a great help to the ponies – making sure they can keep up the good work they do for us.
Depending on the days you can offer, you could be working with a team of other enthusiastic volunteers who work across all our sites here in West Sussex. By cutting back scrub and removing trees, as well as maintaining our fencing and rights-of-way, we are keeping the landscape accessible for all. Alongside this, we are working towards the conservation of existing habitats, archaeology and landscapes for the benefit of the wildlife that lives here.
Groups and Learning
If you are happy to share our work with others and believe in our cause, you could really support our local community by leading group tours, working with local community groups and schools. Knowledge of our key habitats and how to engage and inspire others could help us to pass on key messages and gain valuable support.