Volunteering with BBOWT nourishes the soul and helps maintain a balance in my life
Whether you have just an hour, a day or a week to give, and whatever your skills, there’s an opportunity for you to volunteer with the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) near where you live.
You will be joining hundreds of other people from all walks of life who volunteer with the Wildlife Trust.
As well as being a great way to meet people, learn new skills and gain valuable experience that could help you start a career in conservation, volunteering with the Wildlife Trust will give you the satisfaction of knowing that you’re helping to protect and enhance your local environment to benefit wildlife and connect people with nature.
You don’t need lots of experience! BBOWT has volunteering opportunities at all levels, on our nature reserves, at our visitor and education centres and in our offices, and relevant training is given before you start.
Benefits of being a volunteer
You will help your local wildlife, have fun and possibly get fit too, learn new skills and meet other volunteers at social events.
If you have an email address you will receive Grapevine, our e-newsletter full of information about volunteering with BBOWT, and information about free training courses and other events.
You could win an award! Lifetime Achievement and Outstanding Contribution Awards are presented every year at our AGM when we recognise and celebrate all that BBOWT volunteers are doing for wildlife.
Examples of practical volunteering
You can help your local wildlife in a number of ways – these are just a few of them:
- As an occasional or regular ‘work party’ volunteer on a local reserve, you will carry out practical conservation tasks to help improve wildlife habitats on the reserve.
- Your admin and computer skills are very useful to our office teams who would appreciate your support loading data, compiling membership packs and replying to wildlife queries.
- Our education teams rely on volunteers to help guide and inspire the young people who attend our 3 education centres.
- If you join one of BBOWT’s mid-week teams in Berks, Bucks or Oxon you will be doing practical tasks every week on several different nature reserves within the county.
- You can help at our events, ‘meet and greet’ at Visitor Centres, or enjoy a walk around a reserve to check on our livestock.
- Volunteers with ecological expertise carry out surveys of various species groups including birds, butterflies, plants and water voles.
Regional groups in the Chilterns, East Berkshire and Mid-Berkshire play key roles in raising the profile of BBOWT in their area, helping to raise vital funds and increase membership by organising local events and work parties. Volunteers are needed to help run events such as guided walks and plant and produce sales, and serve on committees.
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Information for all volunteers
We believe in the value of volunteering, and we have policies that guide our work in recruiting, supporting and managing volunteers. We also have a strong commitment to equal opportunities in volunteering. We have procedures to make sure you are fairly treated.
Information for Key Volunteers
BBOWT's Key Volunteers are responsible for making sure all our volunteers carry out their activities safely and use best practices at all times. Key Volunteers have password-protected access to the Codes of Practice and Procedures.
Apply to volunteer at BBOWT
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Read about what some of our volunteers get up to
Setting up a volunteer group
Nigel Williamson explains how he came to set up and lead the volunteer group at Padworth Common
Me and my camera
Taking photographs of wildlife helps you see the world through new eyes as Sue Taylor, BBOWT volunteer recorder, explains.
New volunteer opportunities at the Nature Discovery Centre
Our Engaging with Nature project, based in Thatcham, is looking for volunteers. Project officer, Carrie Starbuck explains more about the…
Ramblings from Finemere Wood
Who are the volunteers who keep Finemere Wood as a haven for wildlife, and why do they volunteer for BBOWT? Charlotte introduces you to…
Ramblings from Finemere Wood
The volunteers are back at Finemere Wood discovering old friendships, wild flowers and the joy of scything.
A beginner’s guide to sheep shearing
Every year our Hebridean and Beulah speckled face sheep need a shear, but this age-old craft isn't quite as straightforward as it…
Would you like to support your local Wildlife Trust and supplement your income? We are looking for friendly, independent and self-motivated people of all ages to work with us and encourage members of the public to join the Wildlife Trust.