Hands On volunteering

Get more time outdoors and a healthier lifestyle while you help care for local nature reserves, learn new skills and meet new friends!

Nature Force

Join this midweek team and take part in a variety of hands-on tasks maintaining the Trust's nature reserves in Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull. Have fun, socialise, keep fit, enjoy fresh air and gain new skills.

The groups meet at 9am Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Brandon Marsh and returning by 4pm. Transport to different reserves is provided.

You can meet the group at the reserve but tell us in advance so we can advise of parking and meeting point. There are often late changes to the schedule.

No minimum commitment required and no experience is needed. Tools and training will be provided. Just bring waterproofs, boots and a packed lunch - we'll provide hot drinks and biscuits. Click here to see the role guideline.

Friday Force 

This group carries out smaller tasks that are just as essential to wildlife but only need a smaller group. Meet at Brandon at 9:30am. Tasks may only take half a day (although this is dependent on the task and the distance to the work location that day). If you would like to attend Friday Force then let us know in advance as we have a limited number of seats in the vehicle.

Interested in Nature Force or Friday Force? Contact us for an enquiry form:

t: 02476 302912
e: volunteer@wkwt.org.uk

Locations and tasks for Nature Force and Friday Force are on the Nature Force schedule.

Read our Nature Force Volunteer Profile and our Tool Store Volunteer Profile.


Volunteer Groups Local to You

Some reserves have a regular group of local volunteers. Sessions are led by an experienced volunteer group leader who is trained in the tasks to be done. Tasks vary and sessions take place throughout the year but with more during winter.

Sessions run on various days at various times, please contact us for more details: 024 7630 2912 
e: volunteer@wkwt.org.uk

No minimum commitment required and no prior experience needed, as full training is provided. Please bring waterproofs, boots and a packed lunch. Tools and safety equipment will be provided.

Find out which sites need your help at the moment, view our Local Group List


Volunteer Group Leaders

Volunteer group leaders run sessions for volunteers at their local reserve on a regular basis. They liaise with the Director of Reserves and Community Engagement to produce a plan of work for the site and ensure that the sessions are conducted in a safe environment. A knowledge of your local nature reserve is beneficial, although not essential. Previous habitat management experience is not required as training can be provided. 

Interested in becoming a group leader? Please contact:

t: 024 7630 2912
e: volunteer@wkwt.org.uk


Green and Healthy Rugby

Do you live in Newbold in Rugby and fancy living a wilder life? Ever wanted to learn a new skill? Meet local like minded people? Help wildlife? Or maybe you just appreciate a good cup of tea in the great outdoors! If so, we're setting up a new work party at Newbold Quarry.

Supported by Warwickshire Public health we're running 10 taster sessions at Newbold Quarry reserve. Sessions will be fortnightly on Tuesdays 10am - 1pm, from September to February. Find out more!


Princethorpe Woodlands Living Landscape 

The Princethorpe Woodlands Living Landscape scheme has received over £1 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help reconnect Warwickshire’s ancient woodlands, hedgerows and grasslands.

Join us to get stuck in with practical habitat management and surveying in this beautiful area. We are running weekly volunteer days on Fridays starting Friday 9th June.

This project works in Wappenbury Wood, Ryton Wood and across partner sites including Coombe Country Park and Ryton Pools Country Park. Find out more about the areas you can volunteer in.

If you would like to get involved, please email volunteer@wkwt.org.uk.


Water Vole Volunteers

2017 will be a busy year for water vole habitat management days.

All days run from 10am to 3pm and here's some ideas of what we get up to: 

  • Wednesday 19th April - Water Vole Ecology & Survey Course, Charterhouse Priory, Coventry
  • Tuesday 25th April - Woody debris installation & bankside enhancement (Wild Trout Trust), Canley

It's important you let us know if you plan to come along so we can bring enough tools and, of course, biscuits! For more information and to book onto future sessions please contact: Tim Prescious (Wetland Project Officer)

t: 02476 302912
e: Tim Precious

Please let me know if you have not volunteered with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust before as you will need to fill out an enquiry form before starting with us. 


Hands On activities in Coventry

The Sowe Valley Project has now finished. However, the Friends of Sowe Valley are still running the volunteer days to help keep the River Sowe clean and wildlife friendly. Please see their volunteer programme.


Brandon Marsh Voluntary Conservation Team

The day to day management of Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve is carried out by the Brandon Marsh Voluntary Conservation Team (BMVCT) consistent with the current Brandon Marsh SSSI Management Plan.

The Team has a work party at Brandon Marsh every Thursday throughout the year starting at 9.30am. Find out more about the BMVCT.

Interested? Please contact:

t: 024 7630 2912
e: volunteer@wkwt.org.uk


Tame Valley Wetlands: Practical Conservation Volunteer

Get hands on with the Tame Valley Wetland Project across east Birmingham, North Warwickshire, south-east Staffordshire. Join us on Tuesdays. at least once a month, or every week. Find out more about the Tame Valley Wetlands Project

The type of work you will be involved with includes:

Helping improve the fragmented and degraded landscape of the Tame Valley, conserving and restoring natural heritage features. Tasks will include woodland, wetland and grassland management, removal of invasive non-nature species, wildlife surveying, bird box making and litter picking.

We also have opportunities for Youth volunteers

You’ll get a chance to enjoy some wild and beautiful places!
Interested? Find out more about this opportunity.

Or contact:
Rita Gries, TVW Community and Events Officer
e: Rita Gries