Bluebell wood - Copyright Peter Thompson

A bluebell wood
Photo: P Thompson

We all know that being out in the natural environment is good for us. Walking through a bluebell wood on a warm, sunny April day cannot fail to make you smile. We, at Fair to Nature, appreciate the true impact that the natural environment has on our lives.

Enjoying the countryside could mean going for a long walk, cycle or horse ride. If you want to get more involved and learn a lot about the natural world around us, there are plenty of volunteering opportunities. We have listed a few ides below to get you started. You won’t regret it!…Kingfisher

RSPB Reserves are great places for children and adults to explore the great outdoors.  

The National Trust covers the whole of the UK from dinosaur footprints on the Isle of Wight to castles, mountains and deep valleys in Wales.  

There are 47 Wildlife Trusts within the UK, the Isle of Man and Alderney, with over 100 nature reserves with visitor centres. The Trusts run volunteering events and Wildlife Watch groups for budding naturalists.

Woods and forests are great places for an adventure, even if it’s just for a walk, cycle or a run. Visit the Woodland Trusts website or the Forestry Commission to find a wood or forest near you, and  discover what activities are on offer

If you would like to get more involved with the countryside, why not volunteer at your nearest National Nature Reserve.

A junior Wildlife Trust volunteer - Photo: S Abbott

A junior Wildlife Trust volunteer

The majority of these reserves are managed by Natural England and they are often looking for willing volunteers who would like to undertake some practical conservation tasks. Some of the common roles that are available are:

  • Voluntary bat roost visitor
  • Guided walk leader
  • Survey and monitoring
  • Practical habitat management

Visit the Natural England website to find out more information.