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What is it?

  • 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.  

  • Activities can range from acting as local guides to clearing derelict land areas, as well as the more general things like fundraising and administrative activities.  

  • Some activities are fairly energetic, but there are plenty of more passive volunteer jobs as well.

Find out more


British Association of Nature Conservationists  www.  01604 405285
British Trust for Conservation Volunteers  01491 839766
Centre for Alternative Technology
Civic Trust
Council for the Preservation of Rural England CPRE
English Nature  01733 455000
Friends of the Earth  0207 490 1555
Green Net
National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens  01483 211465
Places for People  01273 542660
Royal Society for Nature Conservation/Wildlife Trusts  01522 544400
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds  01767 680551
Save Britain's Heritage  0207 228 3336
The Landmark Trust
The National Trust
World-Wide Fund for Nature WWF

See also the organisations listed under Volunteering



CPRE Voice

National Trust Magazine

The Ecologist

Getting started

  • 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.

What you need

Skills and people
  • Conservation volunteers 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 improve things.

Equipment or clothing
  • As a volunteer you don't usually need to have any special equipment, though volunteer administrators may use their own computers and the like at home. 

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 countryside.  

  • Fund raising and administration will generally involve activities locally, with some work at home. 

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