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: Meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 10 am. Please note dates may vary occasionally so check our on-line events guide for up to date information. 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 e-mail the South Dorset Warden James Hitchen on
James Hitchen



West Dorset: Meets every Tuesday from 10am until 4pm. Tasks will be varied and will involve working on West Dorset Reserves with the Wardens. For further details please contact West Dorset Warden Lucy Ferris by emailing her at .
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

Portland: Meet monthly during the summer and fortnightly from September and throughout winter. Contact Jess Tilley (Portland Living Landscapes Officer) for more information at .

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 Fridays from September and throughout winter helping with habitat management of this unique nature reserve. Contact Luke Johns (Poole Harbour Reserve Officer) for more information on 01202 709445 or email  

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