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Volunteering during COVID-19

In line with government advice, and to play our part in not spreading Covid-19, we are making significant changes to the way volunteering takes place at Somerset Wildlife Trust. 

Our practical conservation work groups will now run on a booking system to help keep staff and volunteers safe. Where possible we are exploring which volunteer roles can be done remotely, and some volunteering such as events and engagement remains suspended. We will keep this under review as further advice emerges.

We are very happy to take enquires during this time but please be aware that we are suspending recruitment for volunteers until further notice.

We will share any updates via our website, as well as using e-news and our social media channels to keep you, our valued members, volunteers and supporters, informed. You can connect on the social media channels at the bottom of this webpage to stay in touch with developments as they happen.

Why volunteer with us?

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.

Volunteering for everyone

Our volunteer roles cover a variety 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 via the ‘become a volunteer’ button below and tell us what you would be interested in doing and what skills you have and we will be in touch about whether we can find the right volunteer role for you.

It’s good for my wellbeing… you get that sense of feeling good from being outside, but also feeling good from doing something that’s protecting the landscape that I love. It's giving something back, isn’t it, really?”
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Types of volunteering

Practical conservation work groups

Our conservation volunteer days usually run from 10am until late afternoon, with regular rest breaks and time for lunch.

All sessions are led by volunteer leaders or experienced volunteers, so you don’t need to be an expert to get involved. Most work is carried out with hand tools and the Trust provides all equipment required. All you'll need are old clothes that are appropriate for the weather, sturdy boots and a packed lunch.

General practical conservation volunteering

We often have specific roles that help support our conservation work available. These can be as varied as becoming a volunteer reserve warden on your nearest reserve to help maintain our standards, to more involved roles such as becoming a volunteer reserves assistant a couple of days a week where you can learn some of the skills needed to develop in conservation.

Office volunteering

If you feel your skills could be utilised more effectively indoors rather than outdoors, then we need you! Our office volunteers provide us with invaluable help and assistance and make as much difference to helping wildlife as the practical tasks do.

Carry out wildlife surveys

Recording the wildlife you see is a great way to help capture data in Somerset, improve your own personal knowledge or just a wonderful excuse to be outside enjoying the beautiful countryside. Records are used in helping to improve and protect our natural habitats.

Volunteering with local area groups

Somerset Wildlife Trust has nine established area groups. Each group is an integral part of the Somerset Wildlife Trust and has its own very active volunteer committee. Area groups organise events such as walks, talks and practical events, all of which are open to both members and non-members of the Somerset Wildlife Trust.

Supporting events / engagement opportunities

These roles tend to be highly flexible, can easily fit around any other commitments and aren’t time consuming.

It can involve volunteering at events across various locations in Somerset and can be a fun and sociable way to engage with others about the importance of protecting our wildlife.

Support your community

We have various volunteer roles that can help you support your community, from gardening for nature and wellbeing, to engaging with the public at our small local events.

Data entry

This role involves helping to transfer sightings from reports or other documents into excel to upload into the database. This helps us make valuable information much more easily accessible and user-friendly.

Digital mapping

This involves digitising site boundaries in the geographic information system.

 This helps us capture site information, such as tithe woodlands and compartments on Somerset Wildlife Trust reserves, that is otherwise only accessible on paper maps.

Woman clearing scrub

Volunteers clearing scrub - Paul Harris/2020VISION

Practical conservation work groups

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volunteers building a wall

Volunteers - Rhiannon Route

Volunteer with local area groups

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Young woman laughs as she helps carry out reserve management work

Olivia laughs as she helps carry out reserve management work - Matt Sweeting

Wild Paths trainee scheme

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You go home from a day like today and it’s just a nice feeling. There’s a lovely sense of satisfaction as well
SWT Volunteer

Common nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos) adult singing. Spring. Cambridgeshire. - Chris Gomersall/2020VISION

Marbled White (Melanagria galathea) resting on Pyramidal Orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalis), Badbury Rings, Wimborne, Dorset, England, UK - Guy Edwardes/2020VISION

A great benefit is that you do meet a lot of interesting people that you wouldn’t otherwise ever have met and have a chat with them and you might find that you have a mutual interest - it’s nice to be sociable!
SWT Volunteer

Get in touch

Find out more about volunteering by emailing volunteering@somersetwildlife.org or calling 01823 652 400