Nature reserve management

Volunteering on Wildlife Trust nature reserves

Nature reserve volunteers make a vital contribution to our work by carrying out a wide variety of practical tasks on the majority of our 34 nature reserves.

Whether you want to learn some traditional countryside skills, such as coppicing, hedge laying and fencing, or just want to get out in the fresh air and burn up some energy through scrub clearance or path maintenance, our practical nature conservation programmes offer something for everyone.

Volunteers constructing a boardwalk

Conservation work is both interesting and varied, but most of all it will help create a better environment for the wildlife of Leicestershire and Rutland.

Our practical nature conservation work programmes provides great opportunities to develop new skills, make friends, learn about the countryside, and visit interesting nature reserves in your local area. No previous experience is needed.

Existing volunteers vary from students looking to gain experience to residents wanting to get involved with looking after their local environment and the newly retired with time to spare.

Volunteers must be aged 18 or over. Vulnerable individuals and children aged 16 or over may only attend if accompanied by a responsible adult.  Please speak to the task leader before attending.

Click here to see our volunteer guidelines for more information.

There are different ways you can get involved:

Join the Midweek group who go out every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday on a wide variety of nature reserves throughout Leicestershire & Rutland

Participate in one of the Sunday groups – the 2nd Sunday of the month is spent in the Charnwood area and the 4th Sunday of the month is spent in the Rutland area

Assist a Nature Reserve volunteer group focussed on a specific nature reserve

Help with practical nature conservation tasks at Rutland Water Nature Reserve