Volunteer with us this summer
If you enjoy being outdoors and care about conserving the natural environment, why not volunteer with us this summer? Wildlife spotting, clearing pathways or working in gardens are some of the volunteering opportunities on offer. You'll make new friends, get a nature fix and do your bit to ensure places you love are preserved for generations to come.
We need your help this summer on a range of projects, from bracken clearing to surveying plants and animals as part of our 'citizen science' projects.
Volunteers across the UK are already rolling up their sleeves. There are dozens of opportunities on offer that will get you out in the sunshine and away from the everyday.
In Cornwall you can help tackle invasive Himalayan Balsam and stop its spread downriver, as well as collecting wild rattle seed and pulling up ragwort.
While in County Down we need help with everything from boardwalk maintenance and litter picking on the coast, to fencing works and bracken management inland.
'My job is very stressful and for one day a week I can forget it all,' says Pippa Brook, who volunteers at Coughton Court in Warwickshire.
'Sam, who manages the gardeners, has a great team and I feel very privileged to be able to work in such beautiful surroundings.'
Amateur naturalists will enjoy the BioBlitz events being held across the country to help us better understand how our wildlife is changing and how best to protect it.
We will ask you to find as many different species as possible within a set time limit, and experts will be on hand to help identify and record them.
We also have places available on volunteering holidays, where you can help out for longer and learn a new skill, such as drystone walling. Or find out in more detail how we manage the landscape to benefit wildlife, including butterflies and wild flowers, by helping out with surveys and conservation work.
You’ll also have free time to enjoy everything from beach walks and pub lunches, to more adrenaline-fuelled activities, including wild swimming, sea kayaking and coasteering.
But however you chose to volunteer, you will be working with likeminded people in the middle of some of the most beautiful scenery in Britain – and making a real difference at the same time.
Volunteers make our places special. It’s their skills and passion that help to keep them open for ever, for everyone.
Equipment is provided – just bring your enthusiasm.