Somerset Wildlife Trust

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Current Volunteering Opportunities

If you'd like to get involved we'd love to hear from you!


Practical Volunteering

Volunteer hide const Sept 10 (2)smlSomerset Wildlife Trust have a number of projects which require specific skills, if you are interested in helping please read on!

Volunteering - Small Photos - Nature ReservesJoin a Practical Conservation Group to carry out essential habitat management tasks for the benefit of local wildlife.

Volunteer Registration Form 2017Westhay2 smlIf you know and love our nature reserves and are keen to share this interest with other visitors, you could be part of a brand new initiative 

Survey and Recording

Mendip Bat Survey 2012 Volunteers

This volunteer role will enable you to gain valuable experience of carrying out surveys which shape conservation action.

Photo Credit: Mendip Bat Survey 2012 Volunteers

Water VoleJoin us to discover the secret wildlife of Taunton through our Routes to the River Tone Project

Volunteers are required to survey water voles, bats and otters.

chalkhill blue for vol enewsWhether volunteers are interested in helping with a short-term project or can make a long-term commitment we can put their skills to good use and help them to develop new ones. We deal with wildlife information for the whole of Somerset. With their help we can make sure this information is accessible to a wide range of individuals and organisations to help conserve and protect Somerset’s wildlife.

First Ecology logo First Ecology are already looking for volunteers to join their 2017 survey team...

dormouse jamie edmonds smlThere are a number of Specialist Interest Groups dedicated to conserving and recording Somerset’s rich wildlife and varied geology.


Water Vole Ben SimmondsWe are looking for an enthusiastic volunteer to help us deliver the schools and events elements of ‘Routes to the River Tone’, a community wildlife project based in Taunton.

Education - Small Photos - Early Years and PrimaryIf you have a passion for wildlife and would love to inspire young people, why not become a Wildlife Watch Leader?

Community and Events

(Various locations across Somerset)

Our Community Fundraising Manager, Emma, zips round our beautiful countryside helping people raise money for wildlife in Somerset.  She is always keen to hear from people interested in supporting a variety of events (holding collecting tins, for example) or organising  their own fundraising events (such as tea parties … or even doing a skydive!).   There are many ways in which you can put a few hours to good use in raising money for wildlife.  It’s fun, social and a great opportunity for those wanting to learning how to be successful at community fundraising.

Please contact Emma Jones at:- Email: : Mobile: 07736 457620

(Various locations across Somerset)

If you love beautiful gardens and enjoy welcoming people this is a great volunteer opportunity – get involved for one day only or experience several of the nine  gardens in Somerset Wildlife Open Gardens 2017. Share your enthusiasm with visitors whilst raising money for wildlife!  Serving refreshments and taking entrance fees at the gate may also be involved and you will  need your own transport.   This is a new project which we hope will become an annual fundraising event for the Trust so it could be exciting to get involved at the start.

Please contact Emma Jones at:- Email: : Mobile: 07736 457620

Our busy marketing team has ambitious plans for 2017.  The support of an efficient and methodical volunteer would free up their time to promote our vital conservation work more widely.  If you enjoy working in a creative environment and could help a few hours each week with such varied tasks as internet research for our newsletters, organising  the photograph library and data entry do get in touch.

Please complete  our  Volunteer Registration Form and send to:-

GardenWe are seeking one or two willing pairs of hands to spend a few hours a month to  help develop and maintain our garden at our Wellington Road office in Taunton. 

North Curry Community Shop raised another £90 in support of SWT. Many Thanks.We’re excited to announce that we are introducing a volunteer led community collection box placement programme. This new scheme is an important step in our fundraising and a great opportunity to share the work and success of Somerset Wildlife Trust across the county. 

kings castle wood smlThe Mendip Hills Area Group is looking for a new Chairperson to guide the activities of the group and be the link between local members and other interested individuals in the local community, and SWT.

Common Blue Heath McDonaldOur Local Area Groups are the face of SWT and they need more volunteers! Whatever your skills there is probably a role to suit you... 

Office/Home Based

First Ecology logo

• Data entry Volunteer and Bat Sound Analysis Volunteer
• Website Contributors to­ find / write and publish articles online
• Mail Merge Organisers ­ people who can find interesting and relevant news items for circulation amongst our clients

If you would like to help with one or more of the above, please contact

Photo credits: Westhay Reeds © Rosie Winch; Goats at Westhay © Mrk Blake; Natterers Bats © Nick Tomlinson; Dormouse © Hallam Greene; Adder © Kevin Palmer; Meadow © Steve Bond; Bittern © Tim Stenton; Horseshoe Bats © Brian Phipps; Pippistrelle © Amy Lewis