Wildlife volunteers, across England's Greener Greenways



Are you passionate about wildlife and looking for an opportunity to encourage biodiversity in your area? We're currently seeking enthusiastic volunteers to help us to find out about and protect wildlife on England's walking and cycling greenways.

Sustrans is currently delivering a project called 'Greener Greenways’ on National Cycle Network routes across England, Scotland and Wales.

The project enables us to find out what wildlife inhabits along the National Cycle Network and manage our routes for nature conservation. It also allows us to involve new groups of people in understanding the natural world around them.

As a wildlife volunteer on one of these routes you will help us to protect and encourage the wildlife along our traffic-free sections of the National Cycle Network.

Volunteers will create wildlife friendly habitats. You'll learn traditional skills such as coppicing and hedge laying, and help to encourage wildlife onto the greenways.

Sustrans Greener Greenways routes

We have 38 Greener Greenways routes just in England. We’re looking for passionate individuals to lend an extra pair of hands in supporting our biodiversity work on these paths.

Check out the full list of our Greener Greenways routes across England to find a path near you.

Why become a wildlife volunteer with Sustrans?

Being a Sustrans wildlife volunteer has lots of great benefits:

  • find out more about your local wildlife and help to improve it
  • learn new skills such as hedge laying, scything and identifying butterflies
  • meet interesting new people who share your enthusiasm for nature
  • make a real difference to nature conservation on the National Cycle Network.

Summary of tasks

As a wildlife volunteer you will:

  • undertake regular wildlife surveys with other volunteers to see what difference our work is making
  • take part in and organise events to encourage the local community to join in the project eg public wildlife walks
  • promote the use and care of your local greenways
  • attend practical habitat management task days (activities vary throughout the year and may include tree management, planting wildflower meadows or making bat boxes)
  • contribute to our plans for future habitat management
  • keep a record of your activities and report back to us regularly.

Skills required

You don’t need to be a wildlife or biodiversity expert to take part – all we need is your enthusiasm and dedication!

Time commitment

A few hours a month. This will include undertaking surveys or taking part in practical workdays, depending on the time of year.

Training and support offered

  • Your volunteer co-ordinator or group co-ordinator will provide training in basic practical habitat management techniques.
  • More specific training for specialist identification and habitat management will be provided, depending on what animal and plant life is found on your route.
  • Sustrans' in-house ecologists will be available at all times to provide guidance and support.
  • Sustrans organises a number of all-volunteer days throughout the year, which will offer valuable updates, networking opportunities with other volunteers, and training in relevant skills.
  • You will also receive regular communications to support you in your role.
  • You can join our online community to find support from fellow Sustrans wildlife volunteers.
  • Health and safety guidelines and simple risk assessment templates will be provided.

Some of our greenways form parts of the wonderful Trans Pennine Trail (TPT) and our fantastic Tracks of the Ironmasters project. 

Safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk

Our Safeguarding Statement sets out Sustrans’ organisational commitment to safeguarding best practice.

Equality, diversity and inclusion at Sustrans

Sustrans is committed to representing the diverse communities we work with, and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds. We value equality and inclusiveness and believe that a diverse organisation brings with it a diversity of ideas and ways of working which strengthens everything we do.

Find out more about the role

For more information about this role please contact [email protected].

To apply for this vacancy, please complete and return a volunteer application form and equal opportunities form.

Please download a pdf version if you wish to print and post your application form back to us.