Volunteer plants a tree at Dundreggan Conservation Estate, Loch Ness. © Trees for Life


What Wild Days Conservation

Where Cornwall

How long? Four nights

How much? £590

What’s included? Meals and accommodation

Enjoy the southwest’s most beautiful beaches while undertaking valuable conservation work alongside a representative from the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), the Natural History Museum, and National Trust rangers. Field training will be provided to conduct detailed surveys, and data gathered will be submitted to the MCS and the Natural History Museum.

Find out more at https://wilddaysconservation.org/holidays/cornwalls-beautiful-beaches/ or call 01603 505731

What National Trust

Where Nationwide

How long From two to seven nights

How much Short breaks from £85

What’s included Food and accommodation

The National Trust has a huge range of working holidays available throughout the year, which cater to a range of interests. Hedge-laying, coppicing woodlands, learning bushcraft, rebuilding walls, or carrying out biological surveys are just a few activities that you could get involved in.

Find out more at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/working-holidays or call 0344 800 3099

What Waterway Recovery Group

Where Wolverhampton and Essex

How long Two and seven nights

How much £13 and £70 respectively

What’s included Food and accommodation

Britain’s network of canals and waterways are a huge, linear national park – both a leisure park and a vital wildlife sanctuary. On a Canal Camp break you’ll be helping to maintain these beautiful waterways. Taking place over a week or a weekend, your day can include clearing the waterways of rubbish, bricklaying, maintaining towpaths or even driving dumper trucks.

Find out more at www.waterways.org.uk/wrg/canal_camps/canal_camp_dates or call 01494 783 453

What Earthwatch Expedition

Where Wytham Woods, Oxfordshire

How long One day

How much £TBC

What’s included Food and accommodation not included. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided

Join scientists in ancient woodland to gather vital data that will help them assess how woodlands are responding to climate change. You’ll be taught how to gather accurate information in the field, which will be analysed in the context of forests globally.

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Find out more at http://eu.earthwatch.org/expeditions/climate-change-in-wytham-woods or call 01865 318838


Where Nationwide

How long Short- and long-term placements are available

How much A suggested £25 donation is welcome

What’s included Accommodation

A wide range of short- and long-term residential placements at RSPB reserves across the UK are available at different times of the year depending on the location. Duties are as varied as the reserves, and can include seabird research, people engagement work, practical habitat management and more, all in stunning surroundings that gets you closer to wildlife.

Find out more at www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/community-and-advice/volunteer/residential.aspx or refer to the RSPB 2017 brochure

What Trees for Life

Where Scottish Highlands

How long One week

How much £385

What’s included Accommodation, meals, and transport to and from Inverness

Plant trees to expand and restore Scotland’s beautiful Caledonian Forest. In addition to this valuable work, you’ll also be learning about the local wildlife, using camera-traps to discover which species call the area their home, and staking out pine martens from a hide. You might also catch a glimpse of an osprey, black grouse, or even a golden eagle.

Find out more at http://treesforlife.org.uk/volunteer/conservation-weeks/ or email volunteer@treesforlife.org.uk

What Lundy Field Society

Where Lundy Island, Devon

How long One week

How much £60. Additional £70 charge if travelling via helicopter.

What’s included Accommodation and boat fare

Work with Lundy’s warden to preserve the island’s unique flora and fauna – it contains plants that can be found nowhere else — and natural beauty. Duties can include clearing rhododendrons, drystone walling, path maintenance and more, all while enjoying fantastic sea views.

Find out more at www.lundy.org.uk/lfs/conservationwork.php or email workingparty@lundy.org.uk

What Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust//

Where Isle of Eigg, Inner Hebrides

How long One week

How much £125 unsubsidised

What’s included Accommodation

Working alongside the Trust’s experienced group leader and other likeminded volunteers, you’ll be contributing to the preservation of the island’s ecology by undertaking practical conservation, such as tree planting, path maintenance, and invasive species management, spurred on by spectacular scenery and wildlife on this fascinating island.


Find out more at https://volunteeroneigg.co.uk/conservation-working-holidays/ or call 01687 482402


Jo PriceDeputy editor, BBC Wildlife Magazine