Volunteer On A Reserve

Work outside on one of our beautiful reserves and get closure to nature!

Why not try your hand at coppicing in an ancient woodland or creating glades for rare butterflies.


Get stuck in and discover how we manage our nature reserves whilst learning a variety of countryside skills.

We have over 60 nature reserves and over 80 reserve volunteers who have contributed over 8,000 hours of their time to assist with the management of these nature reserves.

Volunteering as a reserve assistant helps you keep fit, improves your mental state, and can provide you with lots of skills for a career in conservation.  You do not need any previous skills or experience to join in and all tools and equipment is provided.



We have volunteer groups in six areas.

Attending A Group

  1. If you would like to join a group in any of these areas, please complete the contact us.
  2. Please ensure you have confirmed your attendance with our Volunteer Coordinators  before you turn up.

New! Crickley Hill, volunteer group

The group will mainly be based at Crickley Hill but at times will cover nearby sites such as Barrow Wake. The group meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month between 10am - 2pm. Much of the work will be managing the SSSI grassland of Crickley Hill.

Woorgreens nature reserve

Join us every Wednesday from September and fortnightly on Saturdays from 10am-1pm to manage this beautiful reserve, with its heathlands, marshes and lakes.


Get involved with the management of the Trust's reserves in the Stroud area where there is a wonderful variety of nature reserves, from grasslands to ancient woodlands, this groups is led by Alan Sumnall and is active every Tuesday throughout the year. CURRENTLY FULL UNTIL THE AUTUMN 2017

Severn Hams

The Severn Hams group are active all year round on a Tuesday and help manage nature reserves in the Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury areas. Come along and help undertake practical conservation tasks at some of our most valuable habitats

Del Jones leads this group, visiting a wide variety of nature reserves. FULL CAPACITY

Cotswold Water Park

Enjoy the Cotswold Water Park by helping us manage it every Tuesday with our reserve manager George Griffiths, who leads this group. Visits various nature reserves in and around The Water Park area, helping to maintain them for wildlife.

North Cotswolds

Do you live near Bourton On The Water and would like to help at a local nature reserve?

Join Tom Beasley-Suffolk and his team of volunteers to help manage the nature reserves in the North Cotswolds. The group is active on Thursdays, twice a month.

Forest of Dean

Spend a day in the Forest of Dean working on a reserve near you.

Learn all about wildlife with Kevin Caster and his team of volunteers. They are active throughout the winter on Tuesdays, if you come along you will have the opportunity to visit some spectacular landscapes and take home a variety of practical skills. We also have a new Thursday practical group in the Forest of Dean, contact us for more information.

Lower Woods

Come and get stuck into conservation work at our Lower Woods reserve, we promise a great day out at a spellbinding woodland.

Join in and help with a wide variety of practical conservation tasks. Neil Lodge leads this group every Thursday throughout the year. FULL UNTIL SEPTEMBER 2017

Gloucester Conservation Team

This is our newest conservation team which runs from Robinswood Hill Country Park in Gloucester on the last Friday of every month between 10am-2pm. This site is accessible via public transport. 

Come along and enjoy getting your hands dirty for the benefit of our local wildlife. 

Snows Farm

Between October - April our dedicated volunteer team visits our Snows Farm nature reserve and carries out vital conservation work to protect the species rich grassland. This is a monthly group run on a Sunday


If you would like to find out more or get involved please contact our Volunteer Coordinator  or call 01452 383333