Volunteer with wildlife

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 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.

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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

Give a couple of minutes

If you’ve got a couple of minutes to spare and would like to volunteer, there are ways you can help wildlife on your local National Cycle Network route.

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. 

Just head to the iRecord website and enter what you saw, where and when you saw it. The records are verified by experts and help towards conservation research.

Join a volunteer task day or a survey session

There are tree and hedgerow activities in the winter, grass cutting and surveying in the summer and all sorts of small interventions year-round where volunteers can make a big difference.

These tasks may include:

  • making and installing bat boxes
  • surveying for butterflies and bumblebees
  • traditional hedge laying along a route
  • showing local schoolchildren how to identify and encourage wildflowers to grow
  • building a habitat pile for hibernating beetles.

Become a Sustrans wildlife volunteer

Got a bit more time and looking for something regular? 

Become a Sustrans wildlife volunteer and help protect the wildlife in your area. 

Our wildlife volunteers:

  • 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 or help organise task days to carry out larger activities such as tree management, planting wildflower meadows, and making bat boxes.
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Why be a Sustrans wildlife volunteer?

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

Here's just a few that our volunteers have given:

  • 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.

How do I become a Sustrans wildlife volunteer?

We’re always looking for an extra pair of helping hands and we’d love you to join us.

Looking for something a bit more regular? Check out our volunteer vacancies for an opportunity near you.

Got a few hours to spare and would like to help protect wildlife on your local National Cycle Network route or learn how to identify common species? Check out our events for a volunteer task day or training session near you.