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What does a Sustrans wildlife volunteer do?

Sustrans wildlife volunteers help us to keep a record of nature on their local route and use their conservation skills to encourage and look after our furry and feathered friends.

Our wildlife volunteers look after our greenways on the National Cycle Network, monitoring wildlife, plant and flower growth and protecting animals and insects that call the Network home.

The benefits of being a wildlife volunteer

There are loads of great benefits to wildlife volunteering with Sustrans. 

  • Get close to nature without having to travel miles from home.
  • Make a real difference to your local wildlife.
  • Create spaces where people can come and enjoy learning about nature and conservation.
  • Meet people with the same enthusiasm as you and share your knowledge.
  • Learn new skills and find out about the amazing world on your doorstep.
  • There’s lots of free tea and biscuits.
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There's so much wildlife out there. You name it, we've found it. I love volunteering with Sustrans - it's out in the fresh air, it's in nature, it's helping the community, and it's just really good fun. Blockquote quotation marks
Helen, Sustrans volunteer
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Whether you have a few minutes to spare or you'd like to give a couple of hours each month, there are loads of ways you can volunteer with wildlife at Sustrans.

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Record wildlife you see on the National Cycle Network

If you see a bird, plant, insect or animal that you can identify on the National Cycle Network, you can add it to a brilliant website we use to help record wildlife spotted in the UK. 

Go to the iRecord website and enter what you saw, where, and when you saw it. It only takes a few minutes but it makes a big difference. The records are verified by experts and help towards conservation research.

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Give a couple of hours

When you join a volunteer task day or a survey session, you will be helping make a difference. Typical tasks include:

  • making and installing bat boxes
  • surveying for butterflies and bumblebees
  • building a habitat pile for hibernating beetles.

Check out our events for a volunteer task day or training session near you

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Become a Sustrans wildlife volunteer

Looking for something a bit more regular? Become a Sustrans wildlife volunteer and help us to:

  • complete regular wildlife surveys to track the difference our work is making
  • take part in and host wildlife walks for your local community
  • come along to task days to carry out larger activities like planting wildflower meadows and making bat boxes.
View our volunteer vacancies