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Wildlife volunteers

wildlife volunteers learning about their local wildlife

Wildlife volunteers learning about their local wildlife

volunteers planting a tree

Our volunteers planting trees

Volunteers digging a newt pond

Volunteers digging a newt pond

Our wildlife volunteers work on our greenways. They're the front line stewards and local advocates of our routes, helping to promote and increase biodiversity. 

By training and supporting you to monitor and maintain biodiversity we build capacity locally to advocate the natural significance of the greenways and run nature walks and work days for the general public. This is an essential component of getting local people engaged with the routes.

Read more about our Greener Greenways project, our wider Biodiversity conservation work and find a full list of our Greener Greenways here.

Find opportunities to become a wildlife volunteer by checking out our volunteer vacancies.

Examples of wildlife volunteer roles and how you can help:

Wildlife Surveying:

  • Do you walk or cycle any of our greenways routes regularly?
  • Do you enjoy hearing and seeing nature along these routes?
  • Can you spare some time, predominantly in the summer, recording what you see – either informally/formally?

Habitat management:

  • Are you quite practical and like getting your hands dirty?
  • Would you like to gain skills such as coppicing, hedge laying and grassland management?
  • Would you like to spend the day with like-minded people?

Community engagement

  • Do you know a bit about wildlife?
  • Do you enjoy talking to others about nature?
  • Could you lead a guided walk/bike ride?
  • Could you train others in species identification?
  • Would you like to get children and young people excited about nature, through games and activities?


  • Have you got a way with words and a natural flair for promoting our work in an exciting and engaging way? 
  • Do you enjoy making video/audio recordings or have ideas of other creative ways to interact with route users?
  • Could you dedicate a small amount of time to help create content for our website, maximise our impact through social media, assist with our press releases, or make/edit video/audio recordings of our work?

Data creation and management

  • Are you a techno/database/GIS guru?
  • Do you have ambitions to become a techno/database/GIS guru?
  • Can you assist with digitising and managing our records and surveys?

If you would like to volunteer your skills as a wildlife volunteer, keep an eye on our volunteer vacancies for opportunities.

Our volunteer wildlife volunteers work on our greenways. Read more about our Greener Greenways project, our wider Biodiversity conservation work and find a full list of our Greener Greenways here.