Get involved in practical conservation work on a Conservation Day

Get involved in practical conservation work on a Conservation Day

Location: Various locations, Cumbria

Volunteers tree planting at Eycott Hill 

Our Conservation Days are back! After a year of restrictions it’s great to be starting to welcome back volunteers to help us with our practical conservation work.
47 Nature reserves
5,945 Volunteer hours
137 Work parties

How to book onto a Conservation Day

Booking is required on all Conservation Days.  Book your place either online using the links on this page, email or call 01539 816300 during office hours.

Conservation Days around Kendal and the south lakes

Conservation Days around Carlisle and north Cumbria

Conservation Days around Penrith, Keswick and the central lakes

Conservation Days around Kirkby Stephen and the eastern fells

Conservation Days around Barrow, Cockermouth and West Cumbria

Frequently Asked Questions

We try to make our Conservation Days welcoming and friendly.  They're a great opportunity to meet others, do something really positive for nature and have fun!

Read on if you're new to practical conservation work or would like to know more.

Why do I need to book onto a Conservation Day?

Knowing who is going to attend a Conservation Day really helps the Reserve Managers to plan the day and make sure they have sufficient tools and equipment. It also means that if we have to cancel or change the Conservation Day at short notice we can easily contact everyone – saving wasted time and journeys.

More importantly though – having a list of registered volunteers attending work parties means that if an emergency arises Reserve Managers have your emergency contact details to hand. This is an important part of the Trust’s Health & Safety procedure.

What can I expect to do on the day?

Volunteers of all ages and abilities help us with our practical conservation work. There is always a variety of tasks to be done and our Reserve Managers are adept at finding the right tasks to suit individual capabilities.

Work is varied depending on the reserve and the time of year. All tools are provided and training is given in use. Protective clothing where required is provided.

Some tasks can be quite strenuous but generally tasks can be assigned to suit individual capability. If you have a medical condition please let the reserve manager know at the start of the work party.

Typical work party tasks may involve:

  • repairing walls, stiles, paths, gates and fences
  • working with saws to coppice or remove scrub
  • tackling brambles and other invading plants
  • putting up or cleaning bird or bat boxes
  • cutting or scything grass
  • planting plug plants
  • supervising bonfires!

What should I wear and what do I need to bring with me?

  • Wear warm, comfortable layered clothing including waterproofs and over trousers (not your best ones!)- and for those rarer warm sunny days – a sun hat and sunscreen.
  • Strong boots and gardening gloves.
  • A packed lunch, snacks and drinks with you to sustain you during the day – though often we provide biscuits.

Other info

Access to facilities on Conservation Days
Our nature reserves are generally in remote places so there is usually no access to toilets and other facilities.
Cancellation of Conservation Days
We sometimes have to cancel Conservation Days due to bad weather or unforeseen circumstances. By booking in advance we're able to contact you easily to let you know.
Photography at Conservation Days
Please be aware that photographs may be taken and used for publicity purposes.
Under 16's
If you are under 16 you're welcome to come and help on Conservation Days but you must be accompanied by an adult.

Download our Volunteer handbook 2019 (PDF)