Midweek volunteer group

The midweek volunteer group is run by our Reserves Officer, Andy Neilson, and undertakes practical nature conservation work on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The group carries out a wide range of management work on Wildlife Trust nature reserves across Leicestershire and Rutland, including mowing and raking, fencing, coppicing and scrub cutting.

Below: Volunteer day installing a new fence at Lea Meadows

Useful information

  • You are assured of a warm welcome from staff and fellow volunteers
  • Days start on the reserve between 9.30am and 10.00am (see work programme for exact times) and finish around 3.00pm.
  • Tools, gloves and training are provided.  No previous experience is necessary.
  • Wear clothing you don't mind getting dirty and boots with a good grip, and it's always best to have waterproofs with you. Steel toe capped boots or wellies are advised, and we have a small supply (sizes 5 – 12) which may be borrowed from the Trust; call Andy in advance to check we have your size.
  • Bring a packed lunch, and we will provide those hard-earned teas, coffees and biscuits for elevenses and lunch!
  • For more information about the nature reserves please see the Nature Reserve section 
  • Volunteers must be aged 18 or over. Vulnerable adults may only attend if accompanied by a responsible adult; please contact Andy on the details below for more information.
  • Please make sure your tetanus booster is up to date.

Click here to see our latest volunteer newsletter, Billhooks & Biscuits, which provides more information about the tasks volunteers undertake on our nature reserves. It also contains the latest work programme. 

Some past copies of the newsletter are here:

December/Jaunary 2018

June/July 2018

April/May 2018

Feb/March 2018

Dec/Jan 2018

Oct/Nov 2017

For more information or if you have any questions click here to look at ‘Your Questions Answered’

To find out more or to request your volunteer application pack, please e-mail Andy at: aneilson@lrwt.org.uk  or ring 0116 248 7360

The application pack gives you information about volunteering with the Midweek Group, and includes the volunteer registration form and how to book in for your first 'try out' day.

Here's what some of our current volunteers have to say..........

It can be quite hard work, which saves on gym membership, but enjoyable doing useful work in nice settings with interesting people.

It's great for getting out into the fresh air in some diverse countryside and at the end of the day you leave with a sense of achievement.

I enjoy the sense of working with nature and with the changing seasons, you get a feeling of rhythm through the year with the different tasks.

Below: mowing and raking at Tilton Cutting