Nature reserve volunteer groups
Our Volunteer Reserve Managers are a dedicated band of individuals who play a major role in helping the Trust care for our nature reserves. Not only do they act as the Trust's eyes and ears keeping a watch over our reserves but in many cases take an active role in the management of the sites.
A number of our Volunteer Reserve Managers run volunteer groups on their particular nature reserves. The groups carry out practical reserve management tasks - an enjoyable way to do your bit for wildlife in the company of like-minded people.
The details below will tell you a little more about the individual nature reserve volunteer groups. No experience or tools are needed, nor do we expect "regular" attendance, but it is helpful to know in advance who is coming. Please read our questions answered sheet for more information. 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 contact the group leader to discuss this further before attending a task.
Charnwood Lodge Nature Reserve
The Charnwood Lodge nature reserve group meets at the Bomb Rocks parking area every Thursday of the month. The day starts at 9.30am and usually goes on until about 2pm depending on what work needs doing.
Contact: Stuart Moffat (Volunteer Reserve Manager) at [email protected]
Holwell Nature Reserves
The Holwell nature reserves volunteer group look after Brown's Hill Quarry, North Quarry and Holwell Mineral Line, which are located just to the north of Melton Mowbray. The group meets most Sunday mornings throughout the year.
Contact: Ralph Johnson (Volunteer Reserve Manager) on 01664 854043
Launde Park Wood Nature Reserve
The Launde Park Wood nature reserve group meets every Wednesday through the autumn and winter (September to April) to carry out various woodland management tasks. The group meets at 9.30am at the entrance to the wood – where parking is available. Tasks usually finish between 3.00 and 3.30 pm.
Contact: Andy Lear at Trust office tel: 0116 248 7362 or email: [email protected]
The Limestone Team
Based in the Oakham/Melton area The Limestone Team meets every other Monday to carry out varied habitat management tasks including, fencing, vegetation control and hedge maintenance. The group meets at 9.30am and works until 3pm including breaks for tea and lunch with tea/coffee and biscuits provided.
Contact: Jenny Harris at Trust office tel: 0116 248 7358 or email [email protected]
North West Nature Reserves
The North West nature reserves volunteer group meet group meet weekly on a Friday in the autumn, winter and spring. The group undertakes work on Trust reserves in North West Leicestershire mainly at Cloud Wood, and occasionally at Kelham Bridge, Dimminsdale and the Altar Stones.
A variety of reserve management tasks are undertaken which help develop practical skills, including woodland coppicing, ride management, wetland reed bed management, fencing and hedge laying. Tasks begin at 9.30 a.m. and tools are provided. Volunteers are asked to come suitably dressed and bring their own refreshments.
For more information, please contact David Maltby on 01530 222934.
Ulverscroft Nature Reserve
The Ulverscroft nature reserve volunteer group normally meets on the first Sunday of the month. However, in the busier winter period the group tends to meet more often. Days start at 9am and finish around mid-day.
Contact: Nathalie Cossa at Trust office on 0116 248 7362 or email [email protected]
Badger Watches at Rutland Water Nature Reserve
Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton
Tuesday 2nd September
Enjoy an evening watching the badgers with our trainee reserves officers.