If you enjoy variety and want to be a part of a friendly and welcoming team, you will love volunteering at Lackford Lakes.
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:
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
For more information on education volunteering please contact Education Officer Emma Kerridge on 01284 728706 or send an email
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
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
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.
Oportunities for work experience students or Duke of
Edinburgh award participents are also available. Please contact us for
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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