Practical Conservation Volunteering

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Avon Wildlife Trust's practical volunteering groups are vital in helping the Trust to manage our the wild places in our region, including managing our 36 nature reserves for both wildlife and people.

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Due to the popularity of our Practical Conservation Groups, they are regularly at full capacity, so it's important that if you wish to join one of our groups for the first time you sign up. 

We have regular groups leaving from our offices in central Bristol. All of our groups aim to arrive back to Jacob's Wells Road by 4.30pm.

Grassland Restoration Team (GRT)

Our Grassland Restoration Team works with local farmers and landowners to restore grassland for wildlife, people and livestock, across the county.

Thursdays and alternate Tuesdays, meeting at 9.15am.

Wild City Action Team

Our Wild City Action Team are working to help manage the diverse range of local wildlife sites across Bristol. From grassland meadows to deciduous woodland, the group uses a mixture of traditional and modern methods to help maintain some of the best wildlife sites of the city.

Fortnightly Tuesdays and one Saturday a month, departing at 9.30am.

Wildlife Action Group (WAG)

Our Wildlife Action Group work across the country doing everything from dry-stone walling on the Mendip Hills to hedge-laying in the Gordano Valley. A vast range of conservation work is undertaken and there's always something new to learn.

Avon Wildlife Trust would like to extend a massive thank you to all the volunteers from this group who have given their time to help create, conserve and protect wildlife habitats across the West of England over the years.

Please note all of the Wildlife Action Groups are at full capacity. 

Reserve-based groups

We have groups that meet regularly on our nature reserves at Brown's Folly (Monday), Hellenge and Purn Hill (Tuesday), Willsbridge Valley (Tuesday), Folly Farm (Thursday). Our Brandon Hill group meets four Saturdays per year and our Gordano Valley Group meets one Sunday per month. 

What do I need to bring?

Wear suitable clothing. In winter wear warm clothing, waterproof trousers and a warm coat. In summer, please wear waterproof and light trousers and jacket, a hat, sun protection and sturdy footwear (preferably steel toe-capped boots or wellington boots). Make sure you have an up-to-date tetanus vaccination. Most groups are out all day, so please bring a packed lunch and drink. 

Is there an age limit?

Anyone aged 16 or over is welcome to join our practical conservation groups, and are covered by our Employer Liability Insurance.

For further details please contact: volunteer@avonwildlifetrust.org.uk