Lackford Lakes
Nature Reserve
Bury St.Edmunds
IP28 6HX

Centre Tel : 01284 728706

Reserve Tel:

01284 728541

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Volunteering opportunities at Lackford Lakes

Wren on post at Lackford Lakes

If you enjoy variety and want to be a part of a friendly and welcoming team, you will love volunteering at Lackford Lakes.

Volunteers are an essential part of the team at Lackford and assist the staff to run the reserve, educational visits and visitor centre. There are a huge number of jobs that volunteers can get involved with:


volunteer training day at lackford lakes - learning the ropes!Education - we have a busy schedule of events and school visits throughout the year and are always looking for volunteers to lead and assist with these activities. You don’t have to have a teaching qualification, just a desire to share your enjoyment of nature with a captive audience! A lot of work also goes on behind the scenes in planning, researching and making resources. If you don’t fancy helping out with the children, how about leading guided walks or helping out with our programme of adult courses?

For more information on education volunteering please contact Education Officer Emma Kerridge on 01284 728706 or send an email


Volunteering on reception

Visitor centre and reception work - with just over 23, 000 visitors into the centre in 2007, Lackford is becoming an increasingly popular centre for visitors. We need volunteers to help run the reception area, welcoming visitors, serving teas and coffees, and taking sales from the shop.

For more information on visitor centre volunteering please contact Centre Co-ordinator Corinne Butler on 01284 728706 or send an email


Work party volunteers

Practical fieldwork- Lackford Lakes Nature Reserve has been created from former gravel pits with a wide range of different habitats. Within a 300 acre site we have reedbed, grassland, woodland, scrub and 11 lakes, Lackford is also a SSSI for wintering wildfowl, dragonflies and damselflies. A large part of the maintenance and habitat management work is carried out by volunteers on weekly workparties. We do a variety of different tasks from coppicing and tree planting to maintenance of paths, hides and fences to constructing barn owl boxes and mink rafts. If you like the idea of getting your hands dirty then why not come along to one of our work parties.  They are held from 9am-3pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays between September and March and on Thursdays in the summer. 

If you are interested in attending a work party at Lackford Lakes then please contact either Joe Davis or Kerry Vaughan on 01284 728541 or send us an email.


Age restirctions: for practical work parties volunteers must be over 16 years old.

For Centre and Education work, there is no minimum age but under 16's will be required to complete a parental consent form.

Work experience


Oportunities for work experience students or Duke of Edinburgh award participents are also available. Please contact us for more information.




If there is another way in which you think you could help out that has not been mentioned above then we may still be very happy for your input- just give us a call to discover where and how your skills could best be utilised!

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