The practical conservation work 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.
Practical conservation work groups
Below is a list of groups that are run by, or work closely with the Somerset Wildlife Trust. The timetables published below are subject to change.
If you would like to take part in one the groups below, please get in touch with the group directly before you begin volunteering. As a new volunteer you will be asked to complete a registration form, including your emergency contact details
Mendip Hills conservation volunteers
Contact: Chris Billinghurst, please call 01761 221579
Area: Mendip Hills, SWT reserves
When: Every other Wednesday
Magnificent Meadows conservation volunteers
Programme: April 2020 - September 2020
East Poldens conservation volunteers
Sedgemoor conservation volunteers
Peat Moors conservation volunteers
Contact: Adam Kasik
Area: Somerset Levels, SWT reserves
This group is currently full and not looking for any more volunteers at this time. Why not try one of our other groups?
Taunton Green Spaces volunteers
Lisieux Way community garden volunteers
You’re doing something for nature, something that serves a purpose: protecting the land and the animals and people. You can come back here and look at the wall and say "I took part in that - I helped build it"
Other local conservation groups
Shapwick Heath Green Team (Natural England)
Butterfly Conservation Large Blue action group
Swain's Lane Nature Reserve volunteers
Contact: John Morton, please call 01823 661996
When: ad hoc group managing and supporting this nature reserve
Neroche conservation volunteers
Taunton mid-week conservation volunteers
Contact: Linda Everton, please call 01823 662232 or Annette Kurton, please call 07759675693
Area: Taunton Deane and West Somerset
When: Alternate Thursdays
EuCAN Somerset Conservation Volunteers
Contact: Nigel Spring 07981.776767 , email firstname.lastname@example.org When: Tuesdays. The EuCAN Somerset Volunteers are part of the EuCAN Community Interest Company which also runs the Dorset Mid-week Volunteers based in south Dorset, and works with partners in many countries of Europe.