Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

If you are interested in volunteering with us at Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust but have a few queries you'd like answering then take a look through our FAQs where you'll be able to find out more about volunteering with us.

If you've still got a question you'd like answering then get in touch with our volunteer co-ordinator by calling 01452 383333 or email

What do I need to bring with me?

If you are joining a nature reserve group, bring a packed lunch, waterproofs and steel toe cap boots or wellies. All tools and gloves will be provided.

When can I start?

Anytime you wish, just ensure you have completed a registration form and our Volunteer Coordinator has contacted you.

Do I need to attend every session?

No, we let you choose how often you come along, although it is beneficial for The Trust if you let us know when you can't attend.

Do you provide transport to the location?

Unfortunately we don't have the resources to pick up volunteers so you will need your own transport to get to and from the site. Volunteer opportunities at our head office, some community events and some reserves are accessible by public transport. Talk to our Volunteer Coordinator for more information.

Why do I need to complete an emergency contact form?

This is used only in the case of an emergency whilst you are out on site in order to contact a next of kin.

Will I receive training?

You will always receive relevant training in order to carry out your volunteering role.

How will I know where to meet?

Your supervisor for your group or volunteer role will provide you with information on where to meet. With some groups, such as those on reserves, location may vary from week to week. We will of course notify you in advance.

Do I need any experience?

No, but if you have a skill that you think could help, please let us know.

Are there weekend opportunities?

Over the summer we often need help with family events or at County Shows which often occur on the weekend. We also have some weekend survey and monitoring opportunities and often need help in our cafés or visitor centres during weekends. The majority of our reserve based groups operate during the week. We do however have weekend groups in the Slad Valley and Forest of Dean areas. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator for more information.

I don't consider myself very fit, can I still come along?

Certainly, for nature reserve volunteering you will need a basic level of fitness, but certainly don't need to be super fit.

I don't know much about wildlife, can I still volunteer for you?

Of course, we can teach you about wildlife as we go along.

Will I be working as part of a team?

Yes, all our volunteer roles mean you will be working alongside fellow volunteers or with staff.