Conservation volunteering

Volunteer

Conservation volunteering

Volunteering in the wild.

(C) Tom Marshall

Get hands-on for wildlife

Volunteering is a great way to help wildlife whilst keeping fit and making new friends.

Become a volunteer

There's nothing better than working in the great outdoors with a group of like-minded people, especially in some of the most picturesque areas of Cheshire!

You can volunteer as little or often as you want. We hold conservation volunteering days every week in various locations across the county. These groups help to keep important habitats in peak condition for wildlife.

To start volunteering please complete our online registration form. You'll then be sent a confirmation email and further guidance to get you started.

Please note, unless it is specified on the volunteer opportunity, we are unable to accept volunteers under the age of 18.

About conservation volunteering

Our conservation volunteering days take place in various locations across the county, typically on our reserves. Our opportunities can be in rather remote locations, so access to your own transport is usually vital. The days will start at 10am and go on until early afternoon, with regular rests to keep you topped up with refreshments and sweet treats.

The days are led by staff or experienced volunteers, you really don't need to be an expert to get involved, all training for the task will be provided. Most work is carried out with hand tools, and we will provide all equipment necessary for the day, including PPE. Just bring along weather appropriate clothing, sturdy boots, plenty of water and a packed lunch.

Volunteer activities

Our conservation activities differ throughout the seasons. Here  are some of what you can expect to be doing.

Spring/summer

  • Access improvements (gate hanging, bridge building, path, step and sign construction and maintenance)
  • Removal of invasive and problem species
  • Meadow maintenance
  • Site maintenance including litter picking

We also carry out charcoaling and surveying during this season, if you want to be involved in this please inform us either through your registration form or emailing us.

Autumn/winter

  • Woodland management including thinning and coppicing
  • Scrub and pond clearance
  • Reedbed cutting
  • Managing rare habitats including peat land bogs and heathland.
  • Removal of invasive and problem species
  • Site maintenance including litter picking

We also carry out hedge-laying* during this season, if you want to be involved in this please inform us either through your registration form or emailing us.

*To join our hedge-laying group you must have partaken in a training session, we offer these throughout the season, check our training events to find out when.

Volunteer stories

Anne Salisbury

Although I have only been volunteering for a short time I would just like to say I am enjoying it immensely, the difference it’s making to habitat areas and meeting new people and learning all the time. The training has been excellent especially the Mossland Surveying, which I am now involved with. For anybody who enjoys being outside I would definitely recommend volunteering.

Peter Snape

Volunteering for the Trust means working in some of the most beautiful parts of Cheshire and the opportunity to get close to the birds and wildlife in the area.

James Aycliffe

As a fairly recent graduate I found volunteering really valuable. It enabled me to expand my skillset and I met some fantastic people. I found the practical tasks enabled me to put theory into practice and apply some of the things I’d learnt whilst at University.
My time spent volunteering with CWT stood me in good stead and I managed to secure a job with in the conservation sector this year thanks in part to some of the experience I gained.

Volunteer enquiries

Email volunteering@cheshirewt.org.uk

Call 01948 820728

Specific Projects

As well as our regular volunteering opportunities, you can also get more involved in specific projects within the Trust.

Slowing the Flow

Find out more

Wild Wellbeing

Find out more

(c) Steven Astles

Room to Grow

Find out more

Bickley Hall Farm Garden c. Claire Huxley

Turn your inbox wild

Keep up to date with the latest volunteer news, invites special volunteering opportunities and events and get the first look at our volunteer magazine Go Wild.

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Volunteering at Cheshire Wildlife Trust is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund through our project Natural Futures.