"It's a different experience every time & I’ve learnt so much from the staff & people who come along to the sessions."
Rosie Cooper, Education Volunteer
"Tremendous team spirit from all fellow volunteers and leaders"
Gordon Downes, Practical Conservation Volunteer
"The company of both Staff and the other volunteers is an enjoyable and truly eclectic experience"
Roger James, Practical Conservation Volunteer, Swanwick Lakes
"I experience the wonder of nature and the big outdoors all over again through the eyes of a child"
Jacky Fulton, Education Volunteer
Learn new skills, meet new people, and make a real difference to local wildlife
Volunteers are a valued part of the Trust and we couldn't achieve the things we do without your support. Volunteers are involved with a wide range of roles at locations all over Hampshire and Isle of Wight and whether you’re looking for outdoor practical activities on our reserves or providing indoor support, we'll have something to suit you. Some activities occur on a regular weekly basis, some are just for the duration of a particular project and others are as and when needed or available.
Whatever your reason for volunteering, whether it be learning new skills, sharing interests, gaining experience, meeting new people or knowing that your contribution is making a difference, we aim to ensure that you find satisfaction and enjoyment.
How do Volunteers support the Trust?
Conservation & Reserves
There are many ways that you can get involved in supporting practical, outdoor or conservation activities:
- Practical workparties allow you to take part in a range of activities such as coppicing, scrub clearance, woodland management, fence building and seasonal tasks such as the clearance of Himalayan balsam.
- Working with the Trust’s ecologists, volunteers can get involved with species and habitat surveys or bird ringing.
- Volunteer livestock lookers provide vital support in keeping an eye on our livestock.
- Volunteer wardens help us with the security of our reserves and welcome visitors.
- Marine Volunteers help us to protect our seas and coast, from beach-cleans to scientific research, volunteers can support our marine work through our Seasearch and Shoreseach projects.
We are committed to inspiring the next generation through a wide range of environmental education experiences that help them to learn, understand and enjoy wildlife. Volunteers support our education work in a number of areas:
- Forest Schools Volunteers assist our Education Officers who teach children through discovery and adventure.
- Volunteers assist our Education Officers to run national-curriculum focused activities at our Education Centres.
- Wildlife Watch is an initiative for 5-15-year-olds. Watch groups are all run by volunteer leaders and assistants who organise activities that inspire an interest in wildlife.Wildlife Tots is a similar initiative, but for under-5s.
- Volunteers can support the Making Waves marine education and awareness project for schools and groups.
- Office based volunteers can assist with activities such as reception, the website, media, data entry, event management and record-keeping.
- Local Groups are run by volunteers who give their valuable time and enthusiasm to organise events such as walks, talks and fundraising for the Trust.