Conservation Volunteering

Volunteers play a vital role in the management of our sites, which cover 1,200 acres around Little Wittenham, plus five other green spaces in and around Wallingford, Abingdon and Didcot.

Volunteers help us to:

  • Manage wildlife habitats, through activities such as coppicing and hedgelaying
  • Improve and create habitats, for example through tree planting and reed planting
  • Provide and improve access, through step building, path management and fencing

These sessions are always open to new volunteers and you don’t need any prior knowledge or experience to come along – beginners are very welcome! We provide a full briefing at the start of each session and our friendly groups will help you get started.

We provide all the health and safety equipment plus tea/coffee and biscuits to keep everyone going. If you’re coming for a whole day, bring a packed lunch as there are no shops close to any of our reserves. The groups go out whatever the weather so dress accordingly (warm layers in autumn/winter and don’t forget the suncream in summer!). Sturdy outdoor shoes are essential – wellies, walking boots or similar would be suitable. Please note there are no toilet facilities when the groups are out and about.

Volunteers age 16-17 will need signed parental consent to come along, volunteers age 14-16 may need to bring a parent/guardian, please contact [email protected] for more information.

If you would like to come along, all we need is to get you signed up via our registration process simply get in touch on 01865 409431 or send an email to [email protected]

Regular Volunteer Groups

Thursday Group (weekly)

Meets: Every Thursday in autumn/winter, every other week in spring/summer
Time: 10am – 3pm
Location: Either Thrupp Lake or Abbey Fishponds

Friday Group (weekly)

Meets: Every Friday (excluding bank holidays)
Time: 9am – 4pm
Location: Always meet at Earth Trust Centre, Little Wittenham, OX14 4QZ but we will be working across all the Earth Trust’s sites.

Sunday Group (monthly)

Meets: Second Sunday of the month
Time:  10am – 4pm
Location: We will be working on any Earth Trust site we are needed.

Abbey Fishponds Group (monthly)

Meets: First Saturday of the month
Time: 9.30am – 1pm
Location: Abbey Fishponds Nature Reserve, Radley Road, Abingdon, OX14 3XW.




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