Nature groups

Volunteer groups

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

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 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.

North Cotswold

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. 

Wilder Landscapes

Join our Wilder Landscapes team who support natures recovery off of our nature reserves. Their work support landowners with; natural flood management, river restoration and species conservation.  As a volunteer you could be supporting river management form installing fascines to removing invasive species such as Himalayan Balsam. As the group works with local landowners the day of the week can very, but  the group tends to meet between 9:30am-3pm on Tuesdays and Fridays. 

Stroud Valleys

Get involved with the management of the Trust's reserves in the Stroud Valleys, 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 throughout the year. Our Tuesday group is currently at capacity but you would be welcome to help on Thursdays. We also have a volunteer group on Wednesdays in the Golden Valleys


Severn Hams

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.

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.



Do you live in or local to Bourton-on-the-Water, why not volunteer at Greystones your local nature reserve?

You can volunteer and help manage this beautiful site with its wildflower meadows, water voles, barn owls and otters all thriving thanks to our staff and volunteers.  The group is active on Thursdays, twice a month between 9:30-2:15pm

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 Tuesday and Thursday 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 Box Wood nature reserve and the nearby grassland reserve of Stuart Fawkes. Box Wood, is a semi-ancient woodland with more than 450 species, of which 58 are protected. Stuart Fawkes, home to the rare meadow Clarey plant, found at only 21 known sites in the UK. The group meets on Thursday from 9:45am to 2pm.

Contact details

Please do contact us for more information.

Email our Volunteer Coordinator or call 01452 383333