Volunteering - Practical Conservation

Happy to get your hands dirty and help out with our outdoor practical conservation work? We have just the thing!

Conservation volunteers

The conservation volunteer work parties undertake management work and practical improvements to the Trusts nature reserves. These days are an excellent opportunity to acquire new skills, find out more about nature reserve management or just help conserve Herefordshire’s wildlife.

The work parties usually leave from Lower House Farm - at various times depending on which reserve they will be working on.

Transport is provided by Trust vehicles or through car sharing.

You will need to bring appropriate clothing, such as a sun hat, wet weather gear and stout footwear, and a packed lunch. We will provide you with relevant safety equipment, such as helmets and gloves, and tools.

Become a conservation volunteer and...

...make new friends
...learn practical conservation skills
...get fit in the fresh air
...help to raise much needed funds
...see and learn more about Herefordshire and its wildlife

  • Ross Conservation Volunteers meet once a month. Contact Pete Johnson: 01432 356872 / p.johnson@herefordshirewt.co.uk
  • Woolhope Conservation Volunteers meet every 2nd Tuesday of the month. Contact Pete Johnson: 01432 356872 / p.johnson@herefordshirewt.co.uk
  • Across-county Conservation Volunteers meet on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact Lewis Goldwater: 01432 356872/ l.goldwater@herefordshirewt.co.uk
  • Birches Farm Volunteers meet on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month from September 'til March; then the 2nd Tuesday of the month only for the remainder of the year. Contact James Hitchcock: 01432 356872 / j.hitchcock@herefordshirewt.co.uk

Reserve wardens

We are looking for people to act as voluntary wardens for their local nature reserves. If you can commit a small amount of time to a weekly or fortnightly walk around a reserve, then we are keen to hear from you.

Existing wardens not only look out for their reserves, but are also involved in practical management work, such as clearing footpaths, carrying out surveys and monitoring key species, such as birds and mammals.

Almost anyone can become a warden. You need to be 18 or over, capable of walking a few miles at a time, climbing over stiles and using some basic hand tools. Absolutely no previous experience of walking or volunteering in the countryside is necessary. All you need is the urge to try something new.

For more information, contact James Hitchcock, Estates Manager: 01432 356872 / j.hitchcock@herefordshirewt.co.uk


Volunteer Gardeners

Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum is a busy site welcoming thousands of visitors each year. The site is managed by Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, whose offices are based at the site, in partnership with New Leaf Sustainable Development.
It is important that the main visitor areas of the site are as attractive and welcoming as possible so we are recruiting a small team of volunteers to help maintain our landscaped and planted features.
We are supported by Lyonshall Nurseries who give advice on design and planting so the role also offers the opportunity to learn new skills.
From autumn 2018, we are creating a wellbeing garden at Queenswood which may offer more opportunities for involvement from the volunteer gardeners if desired.

Application deadline: open

Contact details:
Frances Weeks, Communications & Marketing Manager
Email: f.weeks@herefordshirewt.co.uk
Phone: 01432 356872 / 07341 736191