Volunteering opportunities

Have you ever thought about getting involved in some local practical conservation volunteering?

Scrub clearance is certainly worth celebrating at Horsell Common!

 

Conservation volunteering is a great way for you to get active, meet new people, learn exciting new skills and help to take positive action to look after our local nature areas.

Tasks are varied and will include scrub clearance, bird and bat box building, cattle checking, boardwalk construction, wildlife surveying and there are opportunities at weekends and during the week for people of all abilities and experiences.

The Thames Basin Heaths Partnership is made up of an array of organisations actively managing areas of our countryside for the benefit of wildlife and people. You can find lots of varied opportunities to get involved across Surrey, Hampshire & Berkshire if you scroll down this page…



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Surrey Wildlife Trust Volunteer (C) Jon Hawkins

We are looking for local volunteers to make a difference and protect our beautiful nature reserves at Wisley & Ockham Common and Chobham Common.

Can you help?

Weekend volunteering is available
(September – February).

Sign up to volunteer by visiting:
www.surreywildlifetrust.org/support-us/volunteer

or email volunteers@surreywt.org.uk


Horsell Common Preservation Society logoVolunteering opportunities on the Common include scrub clearance (September – March) and activities like bat box building throughout the summer.

For more information, visit www.horsellcommon.org.uk/volunteer/

Bat Box Building at Horsell Common


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Yateley Common Conservation Volunteers – Help maintain the Heathlands of Yateley Common and Castle Bottom NNR through practical conservation.  Works vary but include winter scrub cutting, path maintenance, sign installation, litter picking and occasional survey work.

Scrub clearance and rainbows at Yateley Common!

The group meet on Thursdays, 09.30 – 15.00 and the last Sunday of every month, 10.00 – 13:00.

Tools and refreshment are provided but we recommend you wear steal toe cap boots and bring a packed lunch. Meeting is on site and we send out details of the task via email each week.

There are also opportunities to be a Litter Hero, volunteer site warden, seasonal surveyor and an events volunteer.

For more information, contact Northern.sites@hants.gov.uk    Tel: 01252 870425


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The Greenspace Team holds tasks at Lightwater Country Park, Turf Hill and other greenspaces in the Surrey Heath area.

We carry out a number of tasks in the woodlands and on the heathland including tree thinning, scrub clearance, footpath clearance and various other tasks. Currently our regular volunteers meet on a Thursday morning from 10 am through to 1 pm.

This usually takes place during the autumn and winter months. We supply all the tools plus gloves and mid-morning refreshments.

For further information, Email: FAO Gordon Voller – contact.centre@surreyheath.gov.uk

Or telephone: 01276 707 100 and ask for the Greenspace team

Website – www.surreyheath.gov.uk


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If you enjoy the outdoors, want to learn new skills and meet new people, why not get involved with your local forest today?

Upcoming public volunteering days are: –

  • Saturday 18th January 2020 scrub clearance in Warren Heath on wet mire
  • Saturday 1st February 2020 ride edge clearance in Warren Heath

To register your interest or to find out more, email volunteers.southern@forestryengland.uk with Warren Heath and the date in the subject line.


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There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer with the RSPB at Hazeley Heath and Farnham Heath: –

Habitat management at Hazeley Heath (c) Mary Braddock

  • September to March is the main time for practical habitat management such as scrub control, tree felling and heather cutting.
  • Spring and summer volunteers assist with bracken control, surveys and monitoring of birds, invertebrates and reptiles.
  • Hazeley Heath work parties are Wednesdays and the third Sunday of the month.
  • Farnham Heath work parties are Tuesdays and Fridays and first Sunday of the month.

All work parties are from 10am to 3pm.

For more information, email Farnham.heath@rspb.org.uk or telephone 01252 795632 and to find out more about these important heathland areas, visit www.rspb.org.uk/hazeleyheath and www.rspb.org.uk/farnhamheath

 


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GBC volunteers in action!

We have ongoing countryside volunteer groups at Pewley Downs, Snaky Lane Nature Reserve and Fox Corner Nature Reserve which carry out various tasks throughout the year, including coppicing, survey work, strimming, pond creation and hedge planting.

The Guildford Borough Council Countryside Wardens also run regular Corporate Volunteer days for groups of any size to join them at work for a day. They have carried out a lot of work in Pirbright on their heathland sites, where carrying out scrub management by hand (rather than machinery) is much more effective and disturbs the delicate habitat far less.

Anyone is welcome to join, just send an email to countrysidevolunteers@guildford.gov.uk

www.guildford.gov.uk/countryside


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Volunteering in the countryside is informal, fun and rewarding. No experience is necessary, just enthusiasm.

Wokingham Borough Council volunteers making a difference

The ‘Wednesday Volunteers’ meet at 9:20 in the main car park at Dinton Pastures. You can learn new and use existing practical countryside skills on various tasks around the Borough, including heathland clearance, coppicing, hedge laying, meadow management and fresh water management.

Greenspaces we work on include Hazebrouck Meadows in Arborfield, May’s Farm Meadows in Shinfield and Rook’s Nest Wood in Finchampstead. The team finishes around 3:45 and often have tea and cake in the café after.

Wear suitable old clothes and sturdy footwear.

For further information, including contact information, visit www.wokingham.gov.uk/jobs-and-careers/further-opportunities/volunteering/


Bracknell Conservation Volunteer

If you like to be outdoors, and don’t mind getting muddy, conservation volunteering is great fun and good exercise too!

Bracknell Conservation Volunteers

Conservation volunteering is gate…  I mean great!

We are a friendly and informal group of local adults who carry out conservation work and practical tasks to promote wildlife and enhance our local environment.

We work at many sites within the Bracknell Forest area, from small suburban woodlands to larger parks and nature reserves.

Tasks take place EVERY TUESDAY 9:30am – 3pm.

No experience is necessary and we have trained people in the group who can provide guidance. We welcome people from all backgrounds.

There is no cost or commitment on your part. You may join us every Tuesday, or once a month, or only in summer – whatever suits you.

For further information, please visit www.bracknellcv.org.uk/whatwedo.html


Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Is scrub clearance fun? Of gorse it is!

Is scrub clearance fun? Of gorse it is!

Taking part in a volunteer team is extremely rewarding and a lot of fun. It always involves practical, physical work, but no experience is needed and all training is given. Tasks are varied across a wide selection of Wildlife Trust reserves in the North East Hampshire area. These tasks can include fence construction, scrub clearance and invasive species control, as well as coppicing, hedge laying and even scything!

There are also opportunities to help with checking on the welfare of the cattle that graze reserves for the benefit of wildlife.

If you think that you might be interested in volunteering with the Trust, the process for signing up and getting stuck in involves the completion of a simple registration form and then you are pretty much ready to go.

For further information, please contact guy.mason@hiwwt.org.uk  or telephone 01256 381190


 

To find out a bit more about conservation volunteering, there’s a blog post here.

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