Meet the Volunteering Team - put a face to a name!

Volunteering in Dorset Wildlife Trust is managed centrally by a small team of staff and volunteers, based at the Urban Wildlife Centre near Corfe Mullen.  The team is responsible for ongoing management of the County-wide volunteering programme.  The team consists of the Volunteering Programme Manager and the Volunteering Assistant, boosted by the additional support of several volunteers working on various administration tasks such as database and website management. 

Volunteering Programme Manager - Steve Davis MinstLM

I have been working as the Volunteering Manager for 5 years now, and prior to joining in the Trust I was a volunteer myself for almost 10 years.  My role is very much one of ensuring that the volunteering programme is delivered effectively and safely.  I am a great advocate that volunteering should not be just about getting a job done - it is also a way for us to share the opportunity for people to be able to learn more about the countryside and to meet others.

I am a bat warden trainer and also hold a licence for smooth snake and sand lizard.  I enjoy watching/recording all forms of wildlife, but particularly reptiles.

My main interests are photography and running - not at the same time!

Contact: Tel 01305 264620 or email


Administration Assistant & South/East Dorset co-ordinator - Susanna Holford

Susanna is responsible for signposting new volunteers and liaising with enquiries about opportunities. She is often the first contact that online registrations have with the Trust. 

Susanna likes all wildlife and is particularly interested in wildlife gardening.

Susanna brings a wealth of experience to the team and represents Dorset Wildlife Trust at a number of Volunteer focus groups across the County.

Susanna is based alongside our East Dorset team at the Urban Wildlife Centre and so is very well placed to be our volunteering co-ordinator for the East & South Dorset regional team..

Contact: Tel 01202 692033 or email


Dorset Wildlife Trust has regional teams throughout the County.  Each team has a designated volunteering co-ordinator for all volunteering opportunities within their region.  Feel free to contact them direct if you wish to discuss specific volunteering roles in their regions. 

South/East Dorset-­ Susanna Holford. ( See above for details).

North-Dorset - Steve Oliver

Steve Oliver is the reserve warden for North-Dorset. He is involved with survey/monitoring work in the Summer. In the Winter, tasks mainly involve habitat management.

He always ensure that volunteering tasks are enjoyable, action packed and fulfilling -so if that sounds like the sort of thing you want to be involved in, drop him a line!

Contact: Tel no 07824 874273 or email






West - Dorset Lucy Ferris

Lucy Ferris is the reserve warden for West Dorset, she runs regular volunteer work parties on DWT's West Dorset Nature Reserves.  Feel free to get in touch for more information if you are interested in coming along to join in with a variety of practical management tasks.

Contact: Tel no 07436 157488 or email

steve oliver photo 


Lucy ferris

Marine - Julie Hatcher

Julie Hatcher is the Marine Awareness Officer for the Living Seas Team and manages the Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and Fine Foundation Marine Centre at Kimmeridge where she manages the volunteer marine wardens at Kimmeridge.

Contact: Tel 01929 481044 or email







Reserves Recording and Monitoring - Steve Masters

Steve works with the wardens and site staff across the area teams to make sure we have the wildlife data we need to manage our (non-marine) Nature Reserves. He is interested in hearing from anyone with existing wildlife identification and survey skills who would like to contribute to the nature reserves recording and monitoring programme, or from regular recorders at any of our sites. Occasional opportunities to be trained for specific surveys are advertised through the volunteer e-mail newsletter.

Contact Tel: 01305 217984 or email

julie Hatcher 





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