Nature groups

Nature groups

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, our outdoor volunteer groups have been running at restricted numbers for some time, as a result there is a waiting list for new volunteers. Still do express your interest in volunteering.

 

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

Get stuck in and discover how we manage our nature reserves or work with farmers and landowners, whilst learning a variety of countryside skills.

We have over 60 nature reserves and over 150 reserve volunteers who have spent over 10,000 hours each year helping us manage our 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 groups throughout the county that welcome new volunteers.

Crickley Hill

The group helps manage our reserves in the North Cotswolds, including, Crickley Hill, Barrow Wake, Badgeworth, Kilkenny, Coppers Hill and Arle Grove. The group meets Wednesday between 9:45am - 2pm. 

Golden Valley

Join on Wednesdays from 9:45 am until 2:15 pm and help manage our nature reserves in the Golden Valley. Including the reserves. Saneway Banks and Siccaridge Wood.  The group is led by our East Reserves team. We need your help so we can conserve and restore areas of rare wildflower meadows, grasslands and ancient woodlands, supporting natures recovery in Gloucestershire.

Stroud Valleys

Get involved with the management of the Trust's reserves in the Stroud Valleys area where there is a wonderful variety of nature reserves, from grasslands to ancient woodlands, this groups is led by our East Reserves team  and is active every Tuesday and Thursdays between 9:45am-2pm throughout the year. 

 

Severn Hams (Full)

Currently at capacity

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. Our West Reserves team leads this group, visiting a wide variety of nature reserves.

Cotswold Water Park

Enjoy the Cotswold Water Park by helping us manage our Water Park reserves with our Reserve Manager East team. Our Water Park reserves are great for waterfowl, dragonflies and damselflies. The group is add-hoc throughout the year on Tuesdays between 9:45am-2pm

Grerystones

Greystones is situated on the outskirts of Bourton-on-the-Water. Greystones Farm is home to Salmonsbury Meadows Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). These ancient meadows have an incredible diversity of wildflowers and provide a habitat for many insects, butterflies, birds and mammals. The river Eye which runs through the nature reserve has a thriving population of water voles and otters. The site is a working organic farm and also has a visitor hub, cafe and events space. The site has had human activity dating back over 6,000 years, and as part of a lottery funded project volunteers helped to build a replica Iron Age roundhouse. 

Volunteer can help manage this site on Thursdays, twice a month throughout the year between 9:45am-2pm.

Forest of Dean

Spend a day in the Forest of Dean working on a reserve near you. Join the Dean Green Team and learn all about wildlife with our Reserve Managers West team. The Dean Green Team supports both Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust nature reserves and  Forestry England land.  They are active throughout the winter on Tuesdays, alternating between Wildlife Trust sites and Forestry Commission sites.

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 planning on launching a new group in the Dean this autumn, contact us for more information.

During the spring and summer the groups run more ad-hoc due to ground nesting birds limiting the work we can do on our sites. 

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 Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the year. The Thursday group is currently at capacity but you would be welcome to join the Tuesday group.

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.

Box Woods

Support the management of our nature reserves in and around the Minchampton common. This group manages 2 of our nature reserves Box Woods nature reserves, a semi-ancient woodland and Stuart Fawkes home to the rare meadow Clarey plant. The group was created when Box Woods was purchased by residents in 2017 and is now managed by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust with help from regular volunteers from the village and nearby. The nature reserve supports more than 450 species, of which 58 are protected, and requires careful management to ensure that wildlife can thrive.

 

Cotswold Rivers

The work of the Wilder Landscapes team in the Cotswolds offers volunteers the opportunity to work on private land to help improve the habitats of key waterbodies. Volunteer tasks range from installing fish habitat enhancement features, undertaking over shading bankside scrub/tree encroachment, controlling invasive species and using natural flood management (NFM) techniques at priority locations. A reduction in degradation, and improved connectivity, of native marginal vegetation along these waterbodies and associated wetland habitats will improve the sustainability of the important wild brown trout & grayling fisheries and allow recovery of the area’s water vole population.

The group meets on mainly on  Friday at various locations in the Cotswolds.

Painswick Valley

A project called the ‘River Frome Invasives Control Initiative’ aims to improve river habitats through a targeted control programme of removing invasive species, restoring fish habitats and improving eel passage over minor barriers throughout the catchment. The project runs each year between mid-May to early August.

The removal of stands of invasive Himalayan Balsam along the Painswick Stream will improve the diversity and connectivity of native marginal vegetation along this waterbody, therefore improving habitat for the benefit of our native plants and animals.

One of the most effective ways to control its spread is to pull young plants out by hand. With cooperation from willing landowners, suitable resources and dedicated people a significant effort can be made to help our rare and native plants and animals. Between May and August a dedicated team of volunteers meet weekly to work on farms and private land to help control the spread of Himalayan Balsam for the benefit of our native wildlife.

Contact details

Please do contact us for more information.

Email our Volunteer Coordinator or call 01452 383333