Conservation organisations help to look after the world around
us. They may be concerned with the countryside and the natural
environment, our heritage of buildings and their contents, our long term
effect on the global future, and much more.
More details of
different types of conservation are available from the specialised organisations
listed below. Many of these organisations use volunteers on a regular or occasional basis.
range from acting as local guides to clearing derelict land areas, as well
as the more general things like fundraising and administrative
Some activities are fairly energetic, but there are plenty of more
passive volunteer jobs as well.
British Association of Nature Conservationists www.
banc.org.uk/ 01604 405285
British Trust for Conservation Volunteers www.btcv.org/
Centre for Alternative Technology www.cat.org.uk/
Civic Trust www.civictrust.org.uk/
Council for the Preservation of Rural England CPRE www.greenchannel.com/cpre/
English Nature www.english-nature.org.uk/
Friends of the Earth www.foe.co.uk/
0207 490 1555
Green Net www.gn.apc.org/
National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens 01483 211465
Places for People 01273 542660
Royal Society for Nature Conservation/Wildlife Trusts www.wildlifetrust.org.uk/
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds www.rspb.org.uk/
Save Britain's Heritage 0207 228 3336
The Landmark Trust www.landmarktrust.co.uk/
The National Trust www.nationaltrust.org.uk/
World-Wide Fund for Nature WWF www.wwf-uk.org/
See also the organisations listed under Volunteering
National Trust Magazine
Find a local conservation group or club that covers the type of activity that interests
you (see organisations above).
See if your local group
offers introductory sessions or events. Take a class or course
relevant to conservation at
your local adult education centre. Check magazines
or the Internet for conservation weekends or holidays.
Consult books or magazines
on different types of conservation and care for the environment.
Check in your local library/paper
or volunteer centre for more information.
Skills and people
can be people of all ages
and both sexes. No special skills or knowledge are required to get
started though you can learn much while volunteering.
You can do your bit on
your own to help conserve the world around you, but to
be a volunteer you need to be in contact with people from one or other of the
specialist conservation organisations.
They will help you to find out what you can do to
Equipment or clothing
A place or facilities
For the more active and specialist kinds of volunteering, you may need
transport to go the places where help is needed, whether in the towns or
Fund raising and administration will generally
involve activities locally, with some work at home.