There's still a chance to sign up for a working holiday this autumn. Enjoy a unique behind-the-scenes view of places you love, unearth a new skill and make memories that will last a lifetime. Here’s our pick of the best holidays still available this year:

A real island adventure, Brownsea Island, Dorset

29 Oct – 3rd Nov 

Wake up every day in this thriving wildlife sanctuary. From kingfishers and oystercatchers, to red squirrels and Sika deer, Brownsea Island is bursting with wildlife to discover. Help undertake vital conservation work on the precious habitats which support these animals. During your stay, you’ll also have the option to try fun activities such as archery and low ropes.

Coastal conservation and adventure, North Cornwall

9 – 13 October

On this holiday you’ll spend your days working on the spectacular Cornish coast. You will be helping contribute towards the upkeep this world-famous coastline through cleaning, scrub clearance and general conservation tasks. And once the work is over, there is time to take a walk or run along the coast path, go kayaking, surfing or coasteering.  

Join a working holiday on Brownsea and help support the island's red squirrel population
A red squirrel on Brownsea Island
Join a working holiday on Brownsea and help support the island's red squirrel population

Planting on a grand scale, Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire 

7 – 14 Oct

With one of the finest displays of bedding plants in the country, autumn is the season for replacing the old with the new. Working on the parterre and other bedding displays, you will be able to see the outcome of your effort in the New Year, when everything bursts into life. And for a real treat, you will be able to experience the magnificence of this property, with a garden and manor tour and a well-deserved high tea.

Scrub bashing, Harting Down, West Sussex 

28 Oct – 4 Nov

Tough but rewarding, you will be tackling thickets of scrub and bramble to uncover the juniper and chalk grassland flowers that have been lost. With dramatic hill-top views and secluded valleys, Harting Down is a wonderful place to stop and discover wildlife. In autumn, you may hear deer rutting and the echo of their bellowing calls in the woods.

Help protect the special landscape at Golden Cap
A view of the Jurassic Coast at dawn from Golden Cap
Help protect the special landscape at Golden Cap

Wood pasture restoration, Peak District, Derbyshire 

14 – 21 October

Following managed felling, the Peak District team need help to repair woodland paths in Longshaw Woods. These ancient woodlands are fairly wild with tumbling boulders, old trees and wild deer. 

Woodlands and secret gardens, Conwy 

14 – 21 October

On this break you will clear gorse to improve the farmland biodiversity and help with woodland tasks to improve the habitat for wildlife on the Ysbyty Estate. You’ll also be working to restore the old walled garden at Dolmelynllyn Hall to its former glory.