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Volunteering is for everyone

We aim to foster a growing community supporting Avon's nature conservation.

Due to the impact of the pandemic our opportunities for volunteering are currently very limited.  In the meantime, we do have more immediate opportunities at our urban wildlife site in Bristol, Grow Wilder, and on our Bathscape project. You'll meet like-minded people, gain valuable skills, improve your wellbeing and learn about our native wildlife.  
The details of these projects can be found in the drop down menu below.

 

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Meet our volunteers

Hear what some of our amazing volunteers have to say in our video.

Explore our volunteer roles

What kinds of volunteering roles do we offer? All sorts! You could work with all our teams in the following roles:

Practical

 Our practical volunteering groups help us manage the wild places in our region. The Pollinator Corridors Team supports local landowners to restore species-rich grassland. The Wild City Action Team helps maintain some of Bristol's best wildlife sites. The Wildlife Action Group carries out a range of tasks on our nature reserves, from dry-stone walling on the Mendip Hills to hedge-laying in the Gordano Valley. There are also opportunities to help with surveying our nature reserves.

Office based

 Office-based roles are varied and rewarding. You could help by giving a day a week to develop and administer an exciting events programme, assist the finance team, enter data to monitor species, or perhaps you are creative and would like to help the communications team with your design skills?

Community engagement

Our teams inspire people about wildlife through innovative learning programmes, health and wellbeing projects, family events, practical conservation days and at Grow Wilder, our unique, nature-rich community hub and learning centre.

Events and Fundraising

Fundraising is fun! Whether you fancy taking part in a challenge, helping out at one of our events, becoming a volunteer speaker or holding a cake sale, we’d love to hear from you!

Year 10 work experience

We are pleased to offer the opportunity to gain valuable experience of working within a wildlife charity through week long placements. We are looking for students who are interested in their local wildlife and environmental issues, and eager to learn more.

Placements

Placements provide work-based experience that can support career development, with opportunities to take on more responsibility and learn new skills. You'll be supported by a member of staff who will encourage your individual learning development and assist with training opportunities. 

Practical Conservation Volunteering

Our practical volunteering groups are vital in helping the Trust to manage our the wild places in our region, including managing our 30 nature reserves for both wildlife and people.

Bathscape Practical Conservation Volunteers

Bathscape is a 5 year landscape partnership project which aims to restore and reconnect people with the countryside around Bath. As part of this we are running regular conservation workdays and need volunteers to assist with practical tasks. These will vary depending on the site and the time of year but could include, for example, tree planting, wildflower seed collection, scrub bashing and path works. 

Volunteers need no prior experience and no minimum commitment is required. All tools will be provided along with tea and coffee refreshments. Volunteers are asked to wear appropriate clothing and footwear for working outdoors and to bring a packed lunch.

Find out more about the role description hereYou can also visit the Bathscape volunteering opportunities on their website, where you can apply to volunteer. 

You can also sign up to the Bathscape newsletter by getting in touch: info@bathscape.co.uk

Gordano Valley Conservation Group

The Gordano Valley Conservation Group Work meet on selected Sundays at the reserve at 10am and finish between 12.30 and 1pm. See the full list of work days below. We provide all necessary tools and personal protective equipment (PPE).

For further details please contact Sarah Kennedy on 07853 248476 or 01275 817565 If she is unavailable contact the reserves team on 01179177270.

Lower Woods Volunteering Group

A new volunteer group on Tuesdays, which would be ideal for those in the Bristol area with their own transport.  Contact Donna Cavill at Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust who will get you signed up. 

Reserve-based groups

We have groups that meet regularly on our nature reserves at Brown's Folly (Monday) (currently full), Dolebury Warren (Monday),  Hellenge Hill (Tuesdays) and Purn Hill (Thursdays), Willsbridge Valley (Tuesday) (currently full)Folly Farm (Thursday) (currently full).

Hellenge Hill volunteer group (In the Bleadon, Weston-Super-Mare area) runs 10-2pm on Tuesdays.

Purn Hill volunteer (In the Bleadon, Weston-Super-Mare area) group runs 10-2pm on Thursdays. 

Avon Wildlife Trust no longer run a Brandon Hill practical group but the Friends of Brandon Hill  do still undertake practical work in the area. Gordano Valley Group meets one Sunday per month. 

Please contact volunteer@avonwildlifetrust.org.uk for more information.

Wild City Action Team

Our Wild City Action Team are working to help manage the diverse My Wild City 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.

For further details about the Wild City Action Team please email mywildcity@avonwildlifetrust.org.uk for information or to sign up.

Every Tuesday, departing at 9.30am.

Wildlife Action Group (WAG)

Our Wildlife Action Group work across the county 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. (Currently full)

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.

You can see below the tasks the WAG group will be doing over the next three months.

WAG Task Programme Jan-March 2020

Other opportunities

Local Groups

Our local groups champion wildlife in their neighbourhood. They help look after nature reserves and local wildlife sites, fundraise for Avon Wildlife Trust, and organise wildlife activities like wildlife walks and talks.

Take action for nature - join or start a local group. 

Contact your local group

Chew Valley: Andy Davis - 01275 332 601

Gordano Valley: Sarah Kennedy - 01275 817 565/07853 248 476

Keynsham: keynshamawt.org, Kathy Farrell - 07850 508 702

Portishead: Cynthia Dorn - 01275 843 160

Southwold: Tim Fairhead - 01454 323 608

Grow Leader Placements

Grow Leader Placements help us to run our Grow Wilder site; facilitating volunteers and assisting the food growing and conservation activities throughout the season. This is a brilliant way of getting work experience whilst enriching and building on the learning from the Grow Leader Course.

If you have any questions about the next Grow Wilder Grow Placement intake or would like to register your interest, please email growwilder@avonwildlifetrust.org.uk  

Applicants must be able to commit to 2 days on site a week for 6 months.  There is the opportunity to develop a 3 month specialist project at the end of the  placement whilst studying on the Grow Leader course.

Grow Leader Placement Role Description

Grow Wilder Volunteering Placements

We offer a range of volunteering opportunities throughout the year at Grow Wilder. If you are interested in finding out more and putting yourself forward for these when they come available, please contact growwilder@avonwildlifetrust.org.uk.

Youth Forum

Become an Our Bright Future Youth Forum member and speak out about environmental issues (14-24). Worried about water quality? Passionate about plastic? Connect with others and make a noise about the issues that matter to you. This is an exciting opportunity to develop your skills and confidence, gain accreditation and mentoring.

The group meet each month, on the first Thursday, with opportunities to meet informally, for training and development offered throughout the year.

Applications are accepted all year round.

Description of what you will do

Complete an application form

Find out what the Youth Forum aims to achieve

My Wild Child Volunteer

We are looking for volunteers for our My Wild Child toddler sessions which are run weekly at The Bommie, Knowle on Wednesdays, and at Grow Wilder on Fridays. Volunteering sessions are in the morning between 9.45-11.30/12. If you are interested in joining any please get in touch with Alex Dommett on Alex.Dommett@avonwildlifetrust.org.uk to find out more.

More about My Wild Child

My Wild City Volunteer

Help us run events, help with school events and help with wildlife gardening. For more information email mywildcity@avonwildlifetrust.org.uk for more information.

Learn more about My Wild City

Wildlife Watch Volunteer

We are looking for volunteers for our learning team for our monthly Wildlife Watch which would be working with children aged 5 -11, if you are interested, please get in touch with Alex Dommett on Alex.Dommett@avonwildlifetrust.org.uk to find out more.

More about Wildlife Watch 

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the things you might want to know if you're thinking of volunteering with us

How can I get involved?

Contact the relevant person for the opportunities above. If you can't find what you're looking for, please email us on volunteer@avonwildlifetrust.org.uk.

I have mobility problems, can I still help out?

We have a range of opportunities to suit different needs, including office based roles and, at times, outdoor roles which require less physical exertion. Please get in touch with us to discuss your needs on volunteer@avonwildlifetrust.org.uk or 0117 917 7270

Do I need any previous experience?

No, just a willingness to learn!

How can I give feedback about my experience?

We welcome all feedback. You can either email us at volunteer@avoneildlifetrsut.org.uk or use our anonymous feedback form.

Want to find out more?

You can call us on 0117 917 7270 or

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