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Practical Workdays

Spend a day or more helping to manage an area, conserve a species, improve habitats and learn the necessary skills 'on the job'.  There is a wide range of tasks happening across the country, most are for one day or less.

Tasks range from practical countryside conservation including general habitat maintenance and creation to specific management such as pulling up Himalayan balsam, an invasive alien species that is difficult to eradicate, to more gentle gardening and horticulture.  You'll also find information on general clean up tasks such as clearing up fly-tipped rubbish or a litter pick. Rewards come in the form of practical skills gained along with a little training, a day of friendly companionship, the satisfaction of a job well done and maybe even a baked potato (if you pick the right day!).

The section is divided into regions to make it easier to find something happening near you.

Click on your region as listed below.

view across the loch at Glenfinnan (image: Tom Ross / pixabay)

Scotland

Covers all of Scotland, including the Western Isles, Orkney & Shetland.

Anglesey (image: isabella Saretti / pixabay)

Wales

Organisations in Wales offering workdays

shores of Strangford Lough (image: kensnaps / pixabay)

Northern Ireland

Organsiations in Northern Ireland offering workdays

English Regions

disused windmill on the edge of a Norfolk Broad (image: Arthur ASCII / pixabay)

East Anglia

This area covers Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk

the major oak in Nottingham (image: David Reed / pixabay)

Midlands

Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, West Midlands, Hereford & Worcester and Warwickshire

the Angel of the North (image: Patrick Routledge / pixabay)

North East

Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne & Wear, Cleveland, North, West and South Yorkshires and the East Riding of Yorkshire (formerly Humberside).

promenade at Blackpool, Golden Mile to Tower 9image: Steven Lodice / pixabay)

North West

Covers Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cheshire

cliffs at beachy Head (image: Graham Hobster / pixabay)

South

Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex, Kent and Isle of Wight.

looking down to the road at the bottom of Cheddar Gorge (image: Ian kelsall / Pixabay)

South West

This area covers Avon, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall.

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Other useful pages related to volunteering.

  • Voluntary Opportunities:  Details of full or part time placements plus opportunities to help out on a regular basis.
  • Volunteering Organisations: Organisations and groups which offer volunteer opportunities but might not have any current adverts.
  • Conservation Working Holidays:'Feel good holidays': go on holiday, have a wonderful time and do some conservation work along the way.
  • In Depth features: a series of articles and features considering the various aspects of volunteering from both participant and employer viewpoints.

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