Practical Volunteering

Conservation Work Parties

Join a conservation work party and help to manage our
nature reserves across the County.

  • Mainly winter activities
  • A few sites host volunteer work parties throughout the year.
  • All sessions are lead by experienced volunteers or Reserve Wardens
  • All tools provided for you.

Undertake active management tasks such as:

  • Path creation
  • Scrub clearance
  • Hedgelaying
  • Path clearance
  • Small pine removal.

The emphasis is for everyone to enjoy their time, in a safe environment, whilst carrying out work that will directly enhance the conservation aspects of the site.

  • Most work parties run from 10am until 3pm.
  • Ring the organiser beforehand to check.
  • Details of each event are in the DWT events guide or in the latest issue of Volunteering Alert.

Have a look at our current Work Party dates on the Events Guide page. We welcome new volunteers, phone or email us and come along!

Sopley Common Big Bash 

North Dorset volunteers:  Meet one Sunday every month throughout the year and various Wednesdays. Much of the work will involve keeping the downland clear of invasive scrub. For details and to confirm the meeting point, contact the Mid-Dorset Warden, Steve Oliver on 07824 874273 steve oliver photo
Urban Wildlife Volunteers: Meet on the second Thursday of the month at the Urban Wildlife Centre, Beacon Hill from May to August and every Thursday from September to April. A mix of practical tasks and survey work, there will be something to meet everybody’s needs.  For details of each task contact Andy Fale on 07970552673 or the Urban Wildlife Centre on 01202 692033. Andy Fale (Photo by DWT)
South Dorset Mid-week Volunteers: Second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 10 am. Join the Warden on a practical task and help to manage our South Dorset nature reserves. Booking is essential. For more details or to book please call or e-mail the South Dorset Warden James Hitchen on / 07436157328.
James Hitchen
East Dorset:  Meets on the first Sunday of September, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, March at at the Barrack Lane entrance of Parley Common at SZ 094 993. Tasks involve work on Parley Common. Meets on the first Sunday of April at Sopley Common and tasks involve work at Sopley Common. For further details please contact Jon Crewe  on 07989777757 Jon Crewe (Photo taken by N Hoar)
West Dorset: Meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am until 4pm. Tasks will be varied and will involve working on West Dorset Reserves with the Wardens. For further details please contact Steve Masters on 0755 7561624.
Pastures New: Meets on alternate thursdays throughout the year.  Based in West Dorset, the group works with local landowners and farmers to restore and enhance wildlife rich grassland. Contact Nick Gray West Dorset Conservation Officer for details on 07824438974
Nick Gray NP

Urban Weekenders: The Urban team of Dorset Wildlife Trust hold a regular weekend work party on DWT Upton Heath on the last Sunday of every month. Meet 10.00 at the Urban Wildlife Centre (BH21 3RX). Families welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult. If you are interested, please phone Sally Fear on  01202 692033 or email sfear

The Great Heath Volunteer Work Party: Practical conservation work on a variety of habitats. A range of tasks will be carried out; tools and training provided. 10 am - 4pm every other Wednesday from April until October and then from October every Wednesday, please come along and make a difference to help protect your local wildlife and get active! For more information call Sally Fear at the Urban Wildlife Centre on 01202 692033.

Sally Wright
Lorton Meadows: Meet on alternate Wednesdays at the Lorton Meadows Wildlife Centre 10am ­ 3pm. Tasks involve scrub clearance, path and gate clearance, fencing repairs. For further details please contact the Community Conservation Officer on 01305816546 or Sam Dallimore at Lorton Meadows N HOAR
Marine Volunteers: Please contact Julie Hatcher on 01929 481044 or email  for details of marine volunteering opportunities. Julie Hatcherpic
Brownsea: Meet on alternate Sundays from September. Varied tasks will be carried out in support of the Reserve Management plan. For details of boat timings etc contact Richard Proctor on 01202 693039 or 07718511432 Richard Proctor

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