Conservation volunteering

Volunteer

Conservation volunteering

Volunteering in the wild.

(C) Tom Marshall

About conservation volunteering

There's nothing better than working in the great outdoors with a group.

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.

The amount of volunteering opportunities available do vary throughout the year, the days can be ad hoc and not always regular commitments. 

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

We are recruiting conservation volunteers...

Can you give some time to help us to look after wildlife habitat in Congleton, Warrington or Wirral.

We need help with the following tasks over the autumn/winter season:

  • 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

See below for details on each group and how to register

Conservation volunteering in Congleton

The Congleton group meets every Tuesday and on the first Saturday of each month.

They work on the following nature reserves all year round; Danes Moss, Swettenham Valley, Trentabank and Bagmere.

The days run between 10:00-15:00 however you are welcome to leave at your convenience.

You will be emailed by the staff lead, the week before each task day, this email will contain the location of the task day and any specific requirements to be aware of.

You can work at your own pace and fitness level.

 

Conservation volunteering in Warrington and Wirral

We are looking for volunteer support with the following groups:

Every FIRST Tuesday of the month
Red Rocks Nature Reserve. Hoylake
Every month we will be working on the reserve maintaining the Natterjack pools and other reserve maintenance jobs. 

Every LAST Tuesday of the month
Holcroft Moss Nature Reserve. 
Holcroft Lane, Warrington.
Every month we will be working on the mossland carrying out tasks such as removing birch and bracken amongst lots of other maintenance tasks. 

Every FIRST Sunday on the month
Cleaver Heath Nature Reserve. 
Oldfield Road, Heswall.
Our volunteer reserve warden will be leading the Sunday work party which will cover many tasks such as birch and bracken control, cleaning bird boxes, path work to name a few. 

Other volunteering opportunities within Cheshire Wildlife Trust

Whilst we are not currently recruiting for these opportunities, we would still like you to know how important volunteers are to the work that we do.

For anyone wanting to register as a Wirral Wildlife volunteer, please follow the link below..

Wirral Wildlife

Wirral Wildlife is the largest of our local groups and is made up of 11 dedicated individuals with a variety of skills and expertise. They take a leading role in conservation in the Wirral and surrounding areas, with support from the Cheshire Wildlife Trust. 

What Wirral wildlife do:

• Manage nature reserves in Wirral - Red Rocks, Thornton wood, New Ferry Butterfly park, Clever Heath

• Keep records of wildlife in Wirral

• Scrutinise planning applications and submit constructive criticisms

• Run a programme of meetings and guided walks open to the public

• Work with, and support, other interested groups in Wirral 

Wirral Wildlife are always keen to have extra volunteers for the open sessions at New Ferry Butterfly Park, these take place on Sunday afternoons, 12 - 4pm, from May 5th to September 8th. Volunteer wardens do a two hour shift welcoming visitors and doing pond dipping. New volunteers can come along for a session to see if they like it and want to join the team. Volunteers are also needed to help out with guided visits during the week for booked groups like schools, cubs, brownies etc.  

To find out more please visit the website: http://www.wirralwildlife.org.uk/programme.html

To register with Wirral Wildlife local group please complete the form below. Contact details for the volunteering team are within the form.

Room To Grow

We grow organic vegetables to educate and inspire children about wildlife friendly farming, growing and to find out more about where their food comes from.

Surveying

We have a number of very highly skilled volunteers, that help every year to monitor and survey local wildlife sites.

We also seek support from volunteers at various times in the year, to help us with Dormouse and Water vole surveying. 

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

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