If you would like to offer some of your time to get involved with our volunteering opportunities at the Coombe Bissett Down nature reserve, take a look at some of the opportunities on offer:

Learning and events assistants

If you have a passion for engaging children, young people and families with the great outdoors then this is the opportunity of you. Come and assist on the running of school, public, uniform and community group visits to the site. Get involved with our crafts, surveys and games. Dates are dependent upon the groups.

Guided walk leaders

Would you like to share with others your love of Wiltshire countryside, conservation and history? You will take groups on guided tour around Coombe Bissett Down nature reserve, incorporating wildlife experiences, conservation explanation and instilling enthusiasm and support for our work on this site. You will be fully supported and trained by Project Officer Melissa Spiers. Guided walks will be running weekdays and weekends, we’d love to hear from you.

Reserve management: practical tasks

If your goal is to get outside, contribute to conservation and enjoy tea and biscuits with likeminded people this role is for you. You will be involved in many aspects of nature reserve management.  Tasks vary from tree felling, meadow management and clearance to important footpath work and maintaining accessibility of our reserve for visitors. Our Coombe Bissett Down work parties meet once a month please contact us to find out when we’ll be meeting. Task leaders are also required, full training will be provided.

Reserve management: monitoring and surveying

If you have a passion for identifying wildlife and a curiosity to discover then join our surveying and monitoring team. You will be essential in helping us gain baseline data for our reserve.  We need to conduct surveys of various types over a 12 month period, such as butterfly, habitats, plant, spiders and birds. Training will be provided for these surveys and supported by the Project Officer, Melissa Spiers and Reserves Officer, Ashley White.

Creation and support volunteer

If you would like to be involved in a varied office-based post using your creative and computer skills, then please join our support team. You will create new activities, write for the website, organise data and help out with general administrative tasks. This is a varied post and provides crucial support. Our offices are based at Langford Lakes nature reserve or you are more than welcome to work from home.

Please contact Melissa Spiers at [email protected] with your area of interest.