Somerset Wildlife Trust

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Volunteering for Wildlife

Why Volunteer?

Volunteering with us is a great way to use your skills and experience to make a difference for Somerset’s wildlife and, at the same time, a great way to spend time and socialise with like-minded people from across the county. Nearly four hundred people with a variety of interests, and from all walks of life, volunteer with us every year.

Our volunteer roles cover a range of areas and we have something that will suit a range of all skills and abilities; whether you want to get stuck into some practical conservation volunteering; would like to help in one of our offices or want to help us with a fundraising event there will be something for you.

If you can’t see what you are looking for then please submit your contact details using the form at the bottom of this page and tell us what you would be interested in doing and what skills you have and we will be back in touch about whether we can find the right volunteer role for you.


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Help us spread awareness of Wildlife by lending a hand at events.

We’re looking for people with a passion for wildlife and who enjoy working with others, to help support our busy event’s calendar. This will include working alongside our membership recruiters at various events by helping deliver activities and engaging with the public in supporting nature and wildlife. You will also have the chance to help out at some of our exciting key events as featured on the website as well as potentially joining in with some of the biggest events in the county such as the Bath and West Show and Taunton Flower Show.

There is no fixed time commitment, all you need to do is help out at the events that fit into your schedule and you will be making a big difference for Wildlife in Somerset.

Detailed role profile can be found here

If you’re interested, contact to find out more. 

 

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Become a Somerset Wildlife Gardens Volunteer!

If you love beautiful gardens and enjoy welcoming people, this is a great volunteer opportunity. Get involved for one day only or help out at several private gardens that are opening in aid of Somerset Wildlife Trust. We will need helpers to serve refreshments, take entrance fees, or help with car parking.

You will need your own transport for this role.

Interested? Please contact Kate Wilson:  

 

 

Supporting our Membership Team:

Database Supporter

The membership team need help maintaining and updating their database system. This would be a great role for you if you would like to improve your IT skills for personal or professional reasons, and if you wanted to help support Somerset Wildlife Trust using office base skills.

This role would be office based due to access to the system. Days available are either Wednesday or Thursday and hours would be approximately 4-6 hrs per week.

Detailed role profile can be found here

Interested? Please email volunteering@somersetwildlife.org 

 

Supporting our Fundraising team

Fundraising Volunteer (Bucket Collection)

This would be a highly flexible and greatly supportive role that can easily fit around any other commitments and isn’t time consuming. It would involve collecting money from the public at various locations across Somerset and can be a fun and sociable way to engage with others about the importance of protecting our wildlife.

Detailed role profile can be found here

Interested? Please contact Kate Wilson: 

 

Supporting our Communications Team:

 

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We are looking for keen amateur photographers to help us visually record some of the amazing events we have planned this year across the county.  We are looking for people that are comfortable with dealing with the general public, good at putting people at ease to take group shots where required, and might be good at collecting ‘busy’ events shots whilst blending into the background. So if you would like more excuses to keep your camera in hand, enjoy getting out and about across the county, and like the idea of taking part in some of our brilliant nature events, then please get in touch.  We need you! 

 

Community Volunteering 

 

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Lisieux Way Community Garden Volunteers

The Lisieux Way Community Garden was created by the clients of Taunton Association for the Homeless (TAH), a local charitable organisation supporting and accommodating homeless individuals.

We were approached by Lisieux Way Methodist Church, who have a large community garden that had been left unattended and had therefore become overgrown.

We decided that we would turn this great green space into a beautiful community garden, for everyone to be able to use!

We are looking volunteers of all ages and abilities who can join us one Thursday a month 10am - 2pm to get stuck in and create something amazing!

If you are interested in finding out more, please e-mail:  

 

 

Taunton Green Spaces Volunteers

‘Green Spaces, Healthy Places’ is a new initiative, aimed at connecting people in Taunton to the green spaces on their doorstep and help to improve their health and wellbeing. Working with partners within the health and social care sector we will be providing opportunities for active participation in maintaining and improving some of our green spaces, making them better for wildlife and at the same time benefiting those involved and those that use these areas. We will also be running community events, wild walks, outdoor mindfulness sessions and a host of other activities - all designed to let nature nurture.

We are looking for volunteers of all ages and abilities who could join us one Wednesday a month.

If you are interested in finding out more, please e-mail:

 

Supporting our Reserves:

Hollow Marsh Pony Monitor

Visiting this stunning site which consists of two meadows and a small woodland (June-October) to check that all 4 ponies are present. Also to check that the ponies look fit and well, have water and food remaining and that the fences/gates are still in place.

No experience is required, and information/training will be given. It’s a simple yet essential task that is a pleasure, especially on a summer’s day in these fantastic meadows. You do not need to handle the ponies or go right up to them, though you will need to get fairly close to look at them and they are quite a friendly bunch.

Please note that it’s about a 2km walk to the reserve from Farrington Gurney- if you have a 4x4 you can drive most of this down a track, cars won’t have the clearance or suspension! It is however well worth the walk to see this reserve in summer.

Detailed role profile to be found here.

Interested? For more information please contact:

 

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Practical Conservation Groups 

The Practical Conservation Groups carry out essential habitat management tasks for the benefit of local wildlife. Tasks are usually dependent on the season, but most include coppicing, scrub clearance and fencing or walling in the winter and grassland management, some surveying and path maintenance during spring and summer.

You don’t need any experience to join in as training will be given, however you do need suitable clothing, to be reasonably physically fit and enjoy being outside in all weathers! Groups operate all over Somerset on SWT reserves, but some also support other organisations such as the RSPB and Natural England.

Click here to find a group.

 

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To support the Mendip reserves team in carrying out practical habitat & estate management tasks across the Mendip reserves. This role would involve practical management such as coppicing, scrub clearing, fencing, tree felling, dry stone walling, tree planting and hedge-laying, as well as general maintenance work, across all nature reserves in the Mendip area. 

You will receive any necessary training whilst in the field to ensure best practice whilst carrying out practical habitat management. You will receive information on why you are carrying out the task and any relevant heath and safety issues. You should be willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions and you also need to have a reasonable level of physical fitness.

Detailed role profile to be found here. 

Interested? For more information, please contact:

 

Supporting our Offices:

Volunteering to help Somerset’s Wildlife doesn’t have to be about getting all wet and muddy! If you feel happier with a keyboard than a brushcutter then we have a variety of roles that you could help with in one of our offices.

Please email for more information.

 

Area Groups

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Our area groups are a key part of the Trust who run events and activities across the county which help to engage people with the work of the Trust. 

To find out more about your local group and the kind of events they run, please click here

If you can help, then please contact

 

Other ways you can get involved:

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First Ecology

Special Interest Groups

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