Working on nature reserves

At the Sussex Wildlife Trust we try and encourage people to help out at nature reserves near to them or to join one of our hit squads to avoid travelling great distances for sustainability purposes.

You should be aged 16 and over, have a reasonable level of physical fitness and ideally an interest in wildlife and conservation. Experience or great knowledge of conservation is not required. We do ask you to make a minimum commitment of 10 days volunteering a year as this enable us to plan what we are doing.

Most tasks start at 10 am and last to mid-afternoon but can vary a little. For dates and times see our current task list on nature reserves, Volunteers need to bring old clothes, suitable footwear, food and drink and plenty of enthusiasm. If you have your own pair of gardening gloves you are welcome to use them. Tools and training are provided as well as a health and safety briefing. You are asked to comply with the regulations for your own safety as well as fellow volunteers and staff.

For a full list of volunteer opportunities on our nature reserves:

Volunteer Roles Available

Gatwick Greenspace Partnership

Gatwick Greenspace is a living landscape project that works to benefit people, wildlife and the countryside between Horsham, Crawley and Horley, Reigate and Dorking.

There are weekly volunteer tasks to carry out a range of conservation tasks at various site including woodland management and heathland restoration.

More information about this community project can be found here.

Wild about Brighton


Wild About Brighton is a community wildlife project which aims to promote wildlife and conservation in local green spaces across the city by working with residents, community groups and volunteers.

Brighton Hit Squad

This is a newly formed group that meet on a Saturday morning once a month for pratical conservation on Sussex Wildlife Trust’s within Brighton and will be working on other green spaces across Brighton and Hove.

Tasks include scrub clearance, removal of non-native species, and opening areas on the Trust Reserves in Brighton so it can be better used by Forest School groups and allow easier management, surveying and community use.

More information about this community project can be found here

Interested?

Interested? Complete the online registration form, and find a reserve near you where you would like to volunteer. Once registered we will put you in touch with the leader so you can have a taster day.