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Our Fundraising Promise

Volunteers are vital to all our work whether on our nature reserves, helping in the office or supporting local groups around the county.

How you can help wildlife as a volunteer with us 

Mary Greenwood volunteering - hay meadow restorationOur volunteers bring a whole range of different skills and interests to Cumbria Wildlife Trust and you do not have to be a wildlife specialist to help.

Neither do you have to be a member but membership and donations both help to fund our work for wildlife and wild places.

Conservation and Practical work on nature reserves

You don't have to be an expert to get involved. We have lots of opportunities for people with enthusiasm to join in, do something for wildlife and learn a new skill.

  • Regular work parties tackle practical conservation tasks on different nature reserves during the year. Here you may be involved in removing scrub, repairing fences, planting trees and many other tasks needed to keep our nature reserves in tip top condition for wildlife.
  • Our volunteer Reserve Managers look after our nature reserves
  • At South Walney Nature Reserve and Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve visitor reception volunteers greet visitors and help them get the most from their visits.
  • There are often opportunities for volunteers to get involved with species and habitat surveys
  • Our marine conservation volunteers get involved with beach cleans and coastal surveys

Find out more about our Conservation Work parties

Working with young people

If you have experience of working with young people there are opportunities to become a volunteer leader for one of our Wildlife Watch groups in Cumbria.

The groups provide excellent opportunities for young people to get together and learn more about their environment and get involved in a range of activities, including arts and crafts, bug hunts and watching badgers. We also have assistant watch leader roles.

Help in our offices

We need people with many different skills to help in our offices in Kendal, Carlisle and South Walney.

Some of our volunteers work on a regular basis, but we also have opportunities for people to help with specific tasks or tasks that can be done from home.

Some jobs require specialist skills such as data analysis or GIS whilst others suit people with more general office based experience.

Other ways you can help

Beach clean volunteers at South Walney Nature Reserve

Perhaps you might like to get involved in one of our 8 Local Support Groups to raise money, and to organise activities such as fun days and garden open days.

The groups also help us promote the work of Cumbria Wildlife Trust through regular walks and talks.

We are always looking out for people with suitable experience who are willing to help in our Trust governance - on our Board of Trustees or one of the committees that advises our Board.

By joining our team of volunteers you will

Previous volunteers have ranged in age from seven to 70 and many come back to help us again. And we don’t just think it’s our range of teatime biscuits they are coming for! ~ Brendan, Conservation Officer

  • contribute your skills and expertise to helping to protect wildlife
  • gain new skills and greater understanding of your local environment
  • attend regular networking and training events
  • meet new people with similar interests
  • have fun exploring your environment
  • receive a regular newsletter and information about Trust activities

Jody Ferguson volunteering - plug planting

If you would like more information please contact our Education and Volunteer team at or call us on 01539 816300 We'd love to hear from you!